The Artisan Paints Morn

Photo: Victoria Slotto

The Artisan Paints Dawn

Ensconced upon my chair,
blanket-cocooned from cold,
I wait for Artist to appear.

In the East, first ray of light
peaks over hills,
dabs brushes heavy with pastel hues
upon my water-washed world.

Gold blurs into rose, blurs
into violet, periwinkle, blue
as night blurs into day
and I to wakefulness.

Then, in the distance,
a flash of white
flares ‘cross the lightening sky
and egret alights upon the bank
in prayerful waiting pose.

And I, to life, arise.

Oh, I hope you take a few minutes to visit dVerse Meeting the Bar where Bjorn treats us to an artistic prompt on Impressionism, a school of art that arose in the late 1800’s and endures to this day. He shares the best, most succinct explanation of the art form that I remember, and I used to be a museum docent.


26 thoughts on “The Artisan Paints Morn

  1. A wonderful poem – I can just picture that dawn.


  2. munchkinontheroad says:


  3. emangarduque says:

    lovely morning sun rise. you’re an artist. great write!


  4. Mish says:

    I like the anticipation as you waited for the “Artist” to begin. The third stanza really exemplifies the prompt…a beautiful blending of words and colours.


  5. Delightful…The Artist t work


  6. That Egret wanted to be painted too!


  7. You paint this beautifully.


  8. rosross says:

    This is lovely. You have a light, deft touch.


  9. kaykuala h says:

    flares ‘cross the lightening sky
    and egret alights upon the bank
    in prayerful waiting pose.
    And I, to life, arise.

    How the words dance with the beginning of day! Beautiful write Victoria!



  10. rosemawrites says:

    i cannot pick a favorite line because the wholeness of this is sooo stunning and soothing. ❤


  11. kim881 says:

    Good morning, Victoria! I’m up and about on this Friday morning, and reading your poem has boosted my spirits. I too am:
    ‘Ensconced upon my chair,
    blanket-cocooned from cold’.
    I also waited for that Artist in the early hours and now, here you are, with ‘pastel hues / upon my water-washed world’.
    I love the blurring of colours and the blurring of night into day, leading up to the appearance of the egret – stunning!


  12. imPerfectly Leah says:

    Love your sunrise


  13. sarahbawden says:

    Love the idea of an Artist painting impressionistic dawn.


  14. Truedessa says:

    This was such a delight to read, that I had to read it twice. You have painted a new day.


  15. kanzensakura says:

    The Artist…the Great Artist who paints our world and lives…lovely Victoria. And that white egret…oh how that made my heart smile. I like how you awaken.


  16. lynn__ says:

    Beautiful strokes, Victoria! He’s the Master Artist…and we’re grateful to daily arise.


  17. Singledust says:

    awaiting the artist – what anticipation I draw from your words and love the colours and hues the artist brings, you morning beautifully painted here.


  18. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the idea of night blurring into day as one awakens. This twists around my usual perception of day blurring into night.


  19. ladynyo says:

    This is so lovely, Victoria. It is the essence of watercolor painting to me. And that last line? Superb. It’s like a prayer or affirmation.


  20. Glenn Buttkus says:

    There is the dawn, but for some no awakening; mine came late in life n the heels of disability–two decades of can’t do what I used to. You take to impressionism entirely–love your word strokes. I like the line /where vines of heartache now creep/.


  21. Grace says:

    Such a beautiful and peaceful way to welcome dawn Victoria ~ He is the ultimate artist after all ~


  22. Kathy Reed says:

    I see the periwinkle blue and the almost sepia feeling and blush hue. When you add the bird, it’s like crowning the morning.


  23. Beautiful description of dawn and awakening. I love the trees that surround our house but they preclude enjoying sunrise and sunset. It’s an exchange, I guess. I enjoyed your words!


  24. welshstream says:

    Exquisite poem and great interpretation of the image .. like ‘gold blurs into rose’


  25. I really love this peaceful scenery.. how wonderful to be awake together with the morning light like that… those flashes of the egrets are wonderful


  26. Marilyn Alford says:



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