November magic

For a brief moment, sunrise alights the buildings – fire against purple clouds.

The next moment, all is grey and muted November.

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Canary Song

come closer
walk between flames
between the lines
rustle petals and leaves
let the colours fill your eyes
pale the thoughts within
fade the world outside
find another existence
on the back of the wind
dance to the sea’s distant roar
to the song of canaries nearby
life can be vibrant
soft as velvet, intricate
in this ever-shifting light

African Tulip (Flame of the Forest) Study 1, Canary Islands, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

African Tulip Study 2, Canary Islands, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

African Tulip Study 3, Canary Islands, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Hibiscus Study 1, Canary Islands, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Hibiscus Study 2, Canary Islands, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

 

Consistent Inspiration

My inspiration comes from nature, from travelling, from the briefest of flashes that call to me, saying “There is something here. Can you see?”

It is everywhere I look, in the crook of a tree, in the angles of dilapidated human history, in every scent I stop to notice, in the sounds of voices and birds and water.

My muse is life – the broad blue sky, cityscapes and landscapes, the undulating waves, stretches of jewel-green woven with ochre, breeze-blown flowers, hidden cobbled ways.

My muse is life, in all its forms. And I return to her many faces time and time again.

St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

I have many similar pictures of churches and cathedrals in Budapest, from all over Ireland, from Mexico.

At the Walls of St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Cobbled back streets fascinate me, and I have pictures like this one from France, Italy and Dublin.

Sailboats on Lake Leman, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

I am drawn to water. I have similar pictures of Lake Ontario, the Ottawa River, Muskoka, Mexico, and places I no longer recall.

Lake View, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Lake View, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

This could be the bench at the lookout in Gatineau Park.

On Golden Lake, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

On Golden Lake, Geneva, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

I took similar pictures in my teenage years of the Muskoka Lakes, and in my twenties, I took pictures of the Killarney Lakes in Ireland which resemble this view as well.

Fresh memories of France

It’s been a few years, but my memories of France are of the freshness, the natural bounty, the depth of colour.

Sunflower field, France, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Sunflower field, France, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Angers Market, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Angers Market, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Angers Market 2, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Angers Produce, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Fresh Salt, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Fresh Salt, Copyright Silverleaf 2015