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An original 10" x 10" mixed media painting on a cradled wood panel,  Summer Song is part of a collection of work inspired by the poems of Miho Nonaka in her book The Museum of Small Bones.


The painting is from the poem Late August Song which is about memory and relationships, as is this original painting.


"Like quick silver, cicada's voices well up

from behind us, sister,

and summer has hollowed itslef into a shell." 


I took the emotional tenor of the poem and responded to it visually. I included a few of the well formed visual images from the poem and created them as if they were literal. 


"Our pocket-sized father

stands on the lines of your hand,"


To me the images are unusual and striking, if melencoly. I added my own tropical bright flare to my interpretation.



Summer Song

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