Visual Poetry

flowers and balistrade 2

watercolor and colored pencils ©NancyWait 2007

Who doesn’t love flowers — especially in spring after a long winter. Where I live I see them in front gardens or window boxes, tree beds, the green-grocers or the park, bursting with life, reminding us of color and simple pleasures. But what enthralls me, or did so much so in 2007 that I did a series of paintings, is the juxtaposition of the two kingdoms—vegetable and mineral. Flora and fauna against the hard blackness of metal.

watercolor and colored pencil by Nancy Wait 2007

watercolor and colored pencil ©Nancy Wait 2007

Specifically wrought iron. These two separate kingdoms co-exist lovingly in my Brooklyn neighborhood. They go together like Yin and Yang. The one so delicate and fragile, the other sturdy and stubborn. One seasonal, known to shrivel and die without the right balance of air, water and sun, the other tough as nails, lasting centuries.


watercolor and colored pencils by Nancy Wait 2007

watercolor and colored pencils ©NancyWait 2007




I love the curvy rounded lines of this decorative fence. As if flowers and fence were made to go together, complementing one another. The iron work picks up the design and flow of the leaves and flowers. Such an all-of-a-peacefulness.

watercolor and colored pencil by Nancy Wait 2007

watercolor and colored pencil ©NancyWait 2007

And what about these sunflowers. When looked at from a certain angle they all but dwarf the house behind them. There’s something wild about them, something almost chaotic, while behind are windows and doors laid out in perfect order and symmetry.

The Yin and Yang of Life. A reminder of the beauty and necessity of contrast.

One of the first things I learned in painting class was how a color came more to life when you put its opposing shade, aka its complementary color, beside it. Green looks more green when it’s beside red, and so on. The colorful softness and delicacy of a flower is more appreciated (at least by this city dweller) when placed beside a black wrought iron fence.

About Nancy Wait

Nancy Wait is an artist a memoir writer, author of "The Nancy Who Drew, The Memoir That Solved A Mystery," and a former actress (stage, film and TV) in the UK under the name of Nancie Wait. She once hosted the blog talk radio shows "Art and Ascension" and "Inspirational Storytellers." Her current project is a second memoir, "The Nancy Who Drew the Way Home."
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5 Responses to Visual Poetry

  1. Pingback: A Melody In Everything | Nancy Wait ~ Artist, Writer, Radio Host

  2. Nancy Seifer says:

    P.S. It struck me that the lovely stone of your building is also a representative of the mineral kingdom.


    • Nancy Wait says:

      You are so right. When I did these some years ago I was only focused on the dance between the flowers and the iron. I thought of the stone only after posting this!


  3. Nancy Seifer says:

    Such magnificence, dear Nancy — the art work, the words that draw forth the meaning, and the sensitivity of your soul. I feel en-lightened by this beautiful composition.


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