Susan Foster always calms me; allows me to take stock of the swirl of activity around me, put it into perspective and simply focus on the beauty of the objects in front of me. Our Courtyard salon is filled with her lovely still lifes awaiting the opening of her show. Her pieces are spectacular and subtle all at the same time. Her exquisite choices of edges touching and merging into one another always remind me of the Li-Young Lee Poem:
From blossoms comes
This brown paper bag of peaches
We bought from the boy
At the bend in the road where we turned toward
Signs painted Peaches
From laden boughs, from hands,
From sweet fellowship in the bins,
Comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
Peaches we devour, dusty skin and all
Comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside.
To carry within us an orchard, to eat
Not only the skin, but the shade,
Not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
The fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
The round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
As if death were nowhere
In the background, from joy
To joy to joy, from wing to wing,
From blossom to blossom to
Impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
My friend Sue Foster creates worlds for all of us through her paintings “as if death were nowhere in the background from joy”. The incredible magic she conveys through brush, linen, pigment allows us all to have an eternity of joy. Come & visit her works at M Gallery for the month of February, at time when we all need a blossom or two, 11 Broad Street Charleston SC 29401 or on the web at http://www.mgalleryoffineart.com/searchresults.php?artistId=1018
To find more poems by Li-Young Lee