by Thomas CarewNow that the winter’s gone, the earth hath lostHer snow-white robes, and now no more the frostCandies the grass, or casts an icy creamUpon the silver lake or crystal stream;But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth,And makes it tender; gives a sacred birthTo the dead swallow; wakes in hollow treeThe drowsy cuckoo, and the humble-bee.Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bringIn triumph to the world the youthful Spring.The valleys, hills, and woods in rich arrayWelcome the coming of the long’d-for May.Now all things smile, only my love doth lour;Nor hath the scalding noonday sun the powerTo melt that marble ice, which still doth holdHer heart congeal’d, and makes her pity cold.The ox, which lately did for shelter flyInto the stall, doth now securely lieIn open fields; and love no more is madeBy the fireside, but in the cooler shadeAmyntas now doth with his Chloris sleepUnder a sycamore, and all things keepTime with the season; only she doth carryJune in her eyes, in her heart January.
Thank you to everyone who attended the artist’s reception at Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road last Friday. It is always a pleasure to get to converse about the inspirations for a body of work, and to hear about people’s own interpretations and how a painting speaks to them. It was a lovely evening full of good company accompanied by a seasonal Santa Fe late afternoon monsoon shower.
I am pleased to announce “Flora and Fauna”, my solo exhibition of paintings at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. Please join us for the opening reception tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 5 – 7 p.m. The show runs through the 22nd.
In exploring the many varieties of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’, I drew inspiration from 17th Century Dutch flower painting’s sumptuous beauty. The symbolism of flowers may speak of constancy, unrequited love, and the ephemeral nature of beauty itself. I continue to expand the role of animals in my works by looking back into the menagerie in Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s paintings. I believe companion animals reflect the inner desires, jealousies, kindnesses and hurts of their human guardians.
I would like to thank all the wonderful supporters and collectors of my paintings as well as the great staff at Meyer Gallery for the pre-sales and their continuing support. There are still a handful of paintings available. Please contact the gallery for details.
I am very happy to announce my upcoming show “Flora and Fauna” at Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe running from September 16 thru September 22. It is the only show I am doing this year and the first works are now available at the gallery.
As the show title “Flora and Fauna” suggests, the works will be celebrating images from the botanical, zoological and ornithological worlds. Stay tuned for more paintings posted as they become available.
“The Songbird” 8 x 6 inches, oil on panel
“Hand with Roses and Lover’s Eye” 7.75 x 5.75 inches, oil on panel