Spring and the Lady in Red – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas
This painting was drawn with oil pastels then put through digital software to soften the colors and give it a translucent look. Original oil pastel is also available for purchase and on Fine Art America. Please contact me directly if you are interested in the Oil Pastel version. Listed below.
Spring is a time of rebirth. Historically, poets have written about the rebirth and beauty of Spring. One poet is Alice Moore Dunbar – Nelson who wrote a Sonnet about Spring was comfortable writing Prose. She was a Poet, essayist, diarist, and activist was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1800’s. A writer of short stories, essays, and poems, Dunbar-Nelson was comfortable in many genres but was best known for her prose. One of the few female African American diarists of the early 20th century, she portrays the complicated reality of African American women and intellectuals.
SONNET : BY ALICE MOORE DUNBAR-NELSON
I had not thought of violets late,
The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet
In wistful April days, when lovers mate
And wander through the fields in raptures sweet.
The thought of violets meant florists’ shops,
And bows and pins, and perfumed papers fine;
And garish lights, and mincing little fops
And cabarets and soaps, and deadening wines.
So far from sweet real things my thoughts had strayed,
I had forgot wide fields; and clear brown streams;
The perfect loveliness that God has made,—
Wild violets shy and Heaven-mounting dreams.
And now—unwittingly, you’ve made me dream
Of violets, and my soul’s forgotten gleam.
Original Oil Pastel 8×10