Mountain Leaf and Light Dancing

Art and poetry are mere light and colour shadows, whisper-thin metaphors of Nature.  Here are some paintings and haiku I fashioned.

Mountain Flower Showers 2015. Mixed media painting. By. J.Chong
Mountain Flower Showers 2015. Mixed media painting. By. J.Chong

Windswept leaves flung
Down mountain, spin freewheelin’
Water cradles home.

Autumn gold-copper colour foliage with Mt. Rundle background during a light rainshower. Banff National Park 2015. Photo by J.Chong
Autumn gold-copper foliage with Mt. Rundle background during a light rainshower. Vermillion Lake, Banff National Park. Alberta 2015. Photo by J.Chong

Translucent layers
Fold a mountain range,
 Copper-flames burnish gently.

Ghostly range of Mt. Rundle. Banff National Park 2015. Photo by J.Chong
Ghostly range of Mt. Rundle. Banff National Park. Alberta 2015. Photo by J.Chong

Glory gold glitter
Rustles stories and dream-light
Cast a fairy spell.

Fairy Light. Multmedia painting 2015. By J. Chong
Fairy Light. Multmedia painting 2015. By J. Chong
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  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Interesting paintings and works of art, Jean. Very colourful. Impressive photos too, and my favourite has to be the light rainshower one. Big mountain, delicate leaves. Nature can be so big and mighty yet so downright demure at the same time. Must have been a great walk seeing such great autumnal sights, or should I say a great cycling trip 🙂

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    1. Jean says:

      Yes, it was cycling trip in the Rocky Mountains this past Thanksgiving weekend. I doubt Aussieland has this formal harvest celebration? We were lucky there was some brilliant autumn colour left.

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      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        Australia does not do Thanksgiving. It really is more of an American and Canadian tradition, with the former country celebrating it later this month. Autumn is always such a treat for you, Jean. Lucky.

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  2. Alex Hurst says:

    Some beautiful paintings, and I am in love with the first photo of Mt. Rundle. The symmetry is just beautiful! 🙂 The haiku are lovely, too. I liked the use of a truncated word in the first one; it added a bit of fun style I don’t often see in haiku.

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    1. Jean says:

      Beautiful scenery doesn’t need many words. So haiku is so apt. (Wonder if that’s another truncated word that became part of the dictionary..) 🙂 Would it be appropriate to think that Japanese children learn haiku as one of the first types of poetry after learning how to compose simple stories?

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      1. Alex Hurst says:

        I don’t know…. Japanese haiku is a bit more complex… historically, anyway, so they probably learn something a little different (haiku being only the first lines to a renga poem, which was composed by multiple people during a party. That’s how Bashō got his bread and butter. 🙂 Walking from town to town making great opening lines for the party!

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        1. Jean says:

          Thx for this historic tidbit on haiku origins….at least to someone like myself from the West.

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  3. You’re so creative Jean – I love this post! ❤
    Diana xo

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    1. Jean says:

      Thx for your visits and comments, Diana. Wishing you beautiful autumn surprises –as long as possible in Calgary!

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  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Jean we were at Vermilion Lake on the weekend too. Your photos are absolutely stunning. I agree with Diana you are so creative! May this wonderful autumn last a very long time.

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    1. Jean says:

      Ah, we were 2 of other cyclists you might have seen, cycling in the light drizzle by the Lake.

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      1. Sue Slaght says:

        We were there walking on Sunday in the sunshine so likely on a different day or at least time of day.

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  5. livelytwist says:

    Very beautiful photos Jean. What a view!

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    1. Jean says:

      Is autumn in the Netherlands more yellow golden colour, livelytwist?

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      1. livelytwist says:

        We have different hues, so hard to say.

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  6. Jessica says:

    Fantastic! I love the haikus!

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    1. Jean says:

      Been a long time Jessica since you’ve dropped by. Hope all is well!

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      1. Jessica says:

        I know! I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a while. I have a job that keeps me at a computer now so, during breaks, I’m trying to make up for lost time. 🙂

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  7. Love all the photos, J. Yay, haiku from our resident cyclist! Lovely 2nd and 3rd lines in the last one, esp.

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    1. Jean says:

      I like to think we end most of our days with something like fairy light..suggestive and contemplative for now and future. Wishing you haiku moments, holisticwayfarer.

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  8. diahannreyes says:

    Some really beautiful work. Do you have shows exhibiting/selling? They’re gorgeous- the first and third are my favorites of them. So different yet so much beauty.

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    1. Jean says:

      So far, I’ve only given paintings (rarely) as gifts. Others are um…just lying around at home (like the ones you see) or propped up on my fireplace mantle. I no longer buy anything at arts ‘n crafts shows: I have problems with storing/displaying my own stuff and dealing with mounds of art supplies. Paints, canvas boards, etc. Diahann, paintings on blog are just for visual change/break from pure text. If people are bored or don’t understand it, then photos are something different to play on their imagination. Maybe I’ll sell a few in a few years, as a fundraising items for United Way. But maybe nobody will buy them.. Oh, well. Making art, just like blogging, can be good for the soul.

      Yes, the paintings here are contrasting in colour treatment, tone and movement.

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  9. Lani says:

    I’m glad to see your work again. I’m assuming you are 100% again after your accident? I like “Fairy Light”. How big or little are your canvas?

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    1. Jean says:

      Hi Lani. I’ve been 100% since late spring. Back to work and cycling since this past July. This artwork was done this year after not doing any for over 12 months. Fairy Light is a smaller piece about 14″ x 10″. Other pieces are 16″ x 24″. One day hope to do something much bigger and not ruin it. Because I have and that made me reconsider smaller canvasses to motivate my Muse. You must be busy adjusting Cambodia right now.

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      1. Lani says:

        Oh, I’m glad you have been 100%. I must have forgotten your earlier post about riding again. Sorry! I’m afraid my brain doesn’t hold on to information like it used to 😛

        Smaller canvasses would seem less intimidating for sure!

        Cambodia’s great, but I’m only in the Siem Reap bubble, I’m hoping to travel during the holidays and see more. Thanks!

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  10. The mountains near Banff are spine-tingling amazing.

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    1. Jean says:

      Did you cross over into Alberta during your stay in Revelstoke?

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      1. No, but I visited Banff and Canmore, ice skate on Lake Louise in 2007. My heart aches, remembering how beautiful — and cold! — it was.

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    2. Jean says:

      They are! I recently made stupid error of taking the bus to and from Banff in the night darkness. Hence, missing all the mountain views for 100 km. each direction. But it was recouped when we rented bikes to cycle between Banff and Canmore. A dedicated bike path parallel to the TransCanada Highway.

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