spring haiku – a farm, blue trees = une ferme, arbres bleus


spring haiku -  a farm, blue trees = une ferme, arbres bleus

a farm, blue trees
reflected in the pond 
a rowboat becalmed




une ferme, arbres bleus
leur reflet dans l’étang
une barque immobile

Richard Vallance

painting, Piet Mondrian, a farm (1901) = peinture, une ferme ( 1901 )

senryu – lapis lazuli


senryu – lapis lazuli

lapis lazuli
inlaid in a silver ring –
royal talisman 




lapis lazuli
dans une alliance d’argent –
talisman royal

Richard Vallance

illustration, ancient Minoan silver ring inlaid with lapis lazuli, ca. 1,500 BCE
Illustration, alliance minoen d’argent marqueté de lapis lazuli, vers 1.500 AVJC

senryu – I kitty snow white = moi, chatte neige blanche


senryu – I kitty snow white = moi, chatte neige blanche

I kitty snow white,
who needs seven dwarfs
with my sky blue eyes?

snow white

moi, chatte neige blanche,
qui cherche sept nains, si mes yeux
sont bleux azurés ? 

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver – crystal florets = fleurs de cristal


winter haiku d’hiver - crystal florets = fleurs de cristal

crystal florets 
glazed on the panes -
frozen in time

crystal flowers 620

fleurs de cristal
glacées dans la vitrine - 
gelées par le temps 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – koi carp drifting = carpes à la dérive


summer haiku d’été – koi carp drifting = carpes à la dérive 

koi carp drifting
in unison downstream
in the blue moonlight

koi carp in unison 620

carpes à la dérive
en aval à l’unisson 
au clair de lune bleue

Richard Vallance

senryu – your nose is all wet = le nez mouillé


senryu – your nose is all wet = le nez mouillé

your nose is all wet,
your eyes azure blue – 
quiz... are you a cat?

blue-eyed Siberian cat 620

le nez mouillé,
les yeux azurés – 
quiz... es-tu un chat ?

Richard Vallance

senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie


senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie

the magpie’s wings flare,
splayed blue and white – 
watch out!

magpie watch

les ailes de la pie
se déployent bleues et blanches  – 
gare à toi !

Richard Vallance


Believe it or not, I actually found this astonishing watch for only $20 CDN on amazon.ca and I could not resist buying it.

Croyez-le ou non, je viens en fait de trouver cette montre merveilleuse pour seulement 20 $ CDN sur amazon.ca, et naturellement je devais l’acheter.

winter haiku – fresh snow on the wolf’s brow = nouvelle neige sur le front du loup


winter haiku – fresh snow on the wolf’s brow = nouvelle neige sur le front du loup

fresh snow
on the wolf’s brow –
killer blue eyes

haiku snow on the wolfs brow

nouvelle neige
sur le front du loup –
yeux bleus meurtriers

Richard Vallance

The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes!


The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes!

knossos-colour-on-the-frescos-a

knossos-colours-on-the-frescoes-b
 
We notice right away that the colours they had at their disposal ran from various shades of yellows (saffron) and oranges to blues and various shades of purple. The Minoans at Knossos, Pylos, Thera (Thira, Santorini) and elsewhere were unable to reproduce green pigment.  This minor drawback had little or no perceptible effect on the splendid results they almost invariably came up with in their breathtaking frescoes, the likes of which were not reproduced anywhere else in the Occidental ancient world, except perhaps by the Romans, especially at Pompeii. The Romans were able to reproduce greens. 

Two lovely frescoes from Pompeii:

garden-fresco-from-pompeii

botticelli-like-fresco-from-pompeii