“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”

– Howard Ikemoto

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

– Oscar Wilde




neither blank

nor barren

elle est un taquinerie

knowing how

i must spread, smear and spackle

her porous skin

as vast

as the mind can explore

just beyond this

mortal’s reach

creamy, thick, luxurious

stories to be told and

lies with which

i seal

her fate





About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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6 Responses to peinture

  1. This is a beautiful poem! And I am renewing my tiny knowledge of french too! 🙂

    I did have to look up “taquinerie” 🙂




    • leamuse says:

      Christine, glad you liked it. I struggle with french every day. 🙂 You were not the only one who had to look it up…



  2. as vast
    as the mind can explore
    just beyond this
    mortal’s reach….ah…love this…painting and poetry…aren’t they such a wonderful gift…love the quote…the first one so made me smile…thank you

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Love the poem (of course, you wrote it) and the quotations, especially Wilde’s. Cheers to you Lea!

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