, The Windhover; sold

The Windhover; sold

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Size: 9.4 H x 9.4 W x 0.3 in

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Painting: Mixed Media

Size: 9.4 H x 9.4 W x 0.3 in

I based this painting on a poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins,titled The Windhover,the old English name for the Kestrel hawk.

I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king- dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

Keywords: phoenix, bird, air, cross, angel, abstract, flight

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