recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A little Madness in the Spring

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown --
Who ponders this tremendous scene --
This whole Experiment of Green --
As if it were his own! 

Emily Dickinson

Waiting for May, oil on canvas, 11x14in, 2011

How many million Aprils came
before I ever knew
how white a cherry bough could be,
a bed of squills, how blue
And many a dancing April
when life is done with me,
will lift the blue flame of the flower
and the white flame of the tree
Oh burn me with your beauty then,
oh hurt me tree and flower,
lest in the end death try to take
even this glistening hour...

May, soft pastel, 16x20in, 1999

Listen, can you hear it? Spring's sweet cantata.
 The strains of grass pushing through the snow. 
The song of buds swelling on the vine. 
The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Spring. 

May, mixed media on canvas, 8x10in, 1999

happy spring!


  1. Happy Spring time to you too Jan. Lovely to see the paintings you did over the years to welcome in spring. They all have your vital brushwork full of life and all seem to be joining in the dance of nature.

  2. And Happy Spring to you!! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous paintings and these wonderful words :) This spring has taken us all by storm and we are all a bit drunk on it right now and it's only the 21st of March!!!

  3. yes...these paintings do exude SPRING....I like.