The pastels and the subtle shades

Of sailing ship and foaming waves

Still life drips from artist’s brush

Each tone adds a whispered hush


In delicate stroke and muted hues

In sea foam green and quiet blues

The wash of color a liquid part

A canvas splashed by lovely art


Eden reflected in sunny days

Idyllic scenes so well portrayed

Where beauty is seen at its best

Painted in a touch of softness


You leave enough for each to see

A moment captured less vividly

Expression flowed like water true

Powerful, yet so subdued




28 Responses to “Watercolor”
  1. Matt P says:

    An art in an art. What a wonder, Brad.

  2. Wow, now who can describe a water colored world perfectly in worlds, it could be only you Brad, each stroke s knowledge by your beautiful words. You are a true genius. 😊

  3. yassy says:

    Beautiful words of art flowing beautifully poignant lyrics set to canvas with an aesthetic quill.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Yasmin! That means so much to me coming from someone I hold in such high regard. You have always inspired me to improve and I have learned from reading your work.

      • yassy says:

        You are welcome, Brad. You are kind to say that but to tell you the truth you have raised the bar around here so I try my best to write my best. Thank you 😊

  4. beth says:

    you have described this art so well, which is very challenging to do with words. you’ve captured it, brad.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    β€œIn delicate stroke and muted hues
    In sea foam green and quiet blues”. What a gorgeous descriptive poem capturing the essence of a lovely painting. Beautifully done Brad. Have a blessed day my friend. Love and hugs Joni 🌸🌺😘

  6. WildHeart says:

    So beautiful! πŸ’–

  7. Jim Borden says:

    you keep writing poems like this, I might learn to appreciate art as well…

    I wish I knew how to sail…

  8. blindzanygirl says:

    So beautiful. So relaxing. The picture was being painted before my very eyes. I could see it. Wonderful.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I’ve never had much aptitude for drawing or painting, but one of my retired friends has literally painted every day for the past five years. That’s Jim Borden territory.😎 When it’s pouring down rain, he will even paint from his car. I love that he has found his passion.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I think we should ask Webster and New Oxford to add “Borden” as a verb to the dictionary. Defined as any activity repeated daily for over five years. Example: “He really bordened his morning run”. Thanks Pete for all the support!

  10. “You leave enough for each to see
    A moment captured less vividly
    Expression flowed like water true
    Powerful, yet so subdued”

    This is divine Brad. It is as soft and as beautiful as an watercolor by Mary Cassatt. It reminded me of her although the picture you picked goes beautifully and better with the text.
    The poem is ethereal. Its beauty touches my soul.
    Enjoy the rest of your evening my dear friend and thank you for sharing.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am glad you enjoyed this piece. You know what you mean to me. I hope you have a great week and I am sending love to keep you going! ❀😘

  11. Juice says:

    I love this poem so much! Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

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