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Summer of Color - Watermelon Ice

Boo hoo :(
It's the last week of creative inspiration
and artistic fun

It's been fantastic fun
and I have been amazed at all the
different interpretations of the weekly
ice cream flavour prompt.

This week the flavour is........

Watermelon Ice.
Those are chocolate chips rather
than melon pips!

I did another double page 
spread in my Moleskine,
using the love poem 
'Strawberries' by Edwin Morgan, 
which is largely obscured by 
my rather large strawberry 
but is as follows,

"There were never strawberries
like the ones we had
that sultry afternoon
sitting on the step
of the open french window
facing each other
your knees held in mine....."

it goes on 

"the blue plates in our laps
the strawberries glistening
in the hot sunlight
we dipped them in sugar
looking at each other
not hurrying the feast
for one to come
the empty plates
laid on the stone together
with the two forks crossed
and I bent towards you
sweet in that air
in my arms
abandoned like a child
from your eager mouth
the taste of strawberries
in my memory
lean back again
let me love you

let the sun beat
on our forgetfulness
one hour of all
the heat intense
and summer lightning
on the Kilpatrick hills

let the storm wash the plates"

Thank you, Kristin, for another
6 weeks of wonderful fun :)


47 Response to "Summer of Color - Watermelon Ice"

  1. craftattack says:
    15 July 2012 21:11

    Lovely pages, like the poem too. Pity SOC is over, but now I will have time to get to work in my journal again.... Valerie

  2. misteejay says:
    15 July 2012 21:13

    Love the shades you have used and what a super poem.

    Great pages.

    Toni xx

  3. Jewels says:
    15 July 2012 21:47

    Slurpa-licious Jo - worthy of your last one. I've enjoyed seeing all your creations. J

  4. Denise says:
    15 July 2012 22:06

    Perfect color!Boy,does that make Me want strawberries.Great art! Denise

  5. Giggles says:
    15 July 2012 23:42

    Beautiful!! Love your strawberry! Really nice job!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. sugar Creek says:
    16 July 2012 01:18

    UM yummy!! Love this big strawberry, that is my favorite fruit!

  7. Miss Iowa says:
    16 July 2012 01:41

    This is so gorgeous. The color is lovely and the poem...ooh la la! I think I need me a man, and I need me some strawberries. LOL

  8. missy k says:
    16 July 2012 08:33

    Hi Jo

    What a beautiful poem and beautiful pages to match....

    I'm really going to miss these weird ice colour flavoured prompts!

    btw Hope the D of E went well :) It was good weather here at the weekend... pouring, dark and cold here today :(

    I really am becoming weather obsessed!


  9. SusieJ says:
    16 July 2012 08:42

    Beautiful artwork and a beautiful poem (unknown to me so thank you!!).
    Hugs xx

  10. Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity says:
    16 July 2012 08:49

    Your pages is gorgeous Joanna. Love it. And the poem with it, marvelous.
    Lovely greet'Marja

  11. Diana Taylor says:
    16 July 2012 09:29

    Gorgeous journal page - I love the strawberry - beautifully drawn, and I love the poem too.

  12. Shahrul Niza says:
    16 July 2012 09:59

    Lovely strawberry poem!. Beautiful penmanship :), and of course HAPPY colors!. Hugs.

  13. Elisabeth R says:
    16 July 2012 11:11

    Yummy! :) Love that strawberry, and those pages! (Love the ruffled edges of the pages in your journal too!)

  14. BadPenny says:
    16 July 2012 12:24

    So summery & gorgeous !

  15. NatashaMay says:
    16 July 2012 12:50

    This looks wonderful! I love strawberries. :)

  16. Manon says:
    16 July 2012 13:39

    This made me smile water melon strawberries :) Yum I am ready to eat them. I love the spread in your journal!

  17. Lenna Young Andrews says:
    16 July 2012 14:02

    geeze, you are making me want an ice cream cone right now!!! Wonderful art in your moleskine, Joanna! I have really enjoyed seeing you work in that little book again : )

  18. Diane says:
    16 July 2012 14:02

    Beautiful journal spread! Beautiful Art!

  19. ArtMuseDog and Carol says:
    16 July 2012 14:13

    Your pages are wonderful and soooooo creative ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor) on Blogger

  20. Linda says:
    16 July 2012 14:42

    What a really lovely spread and the poem is so beautiful too-thanks for sharing!

  21. Pointy Pix says:
    16 July 2012 15:47

    Firstly I love that you weren't tempted to draw a watermelon and instead chose a strawberry! This is gorgeous and I like the way you put the strawberry in front of the script! This peom is beautiful - it evokes such a strong image and makes me wish I was the person it referred to - love, sunshine and strawberries - sounds perfect!

  22. Virginia says:
    16 July 2012 18:29

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous - as always sweetie - love the pages - and yes it's been fabulous hasn't it!

  23. Kristin says:
    16 July 2012 18:37


  24. scarlett clay says:
    16 July 2012 20:26

    I saw this beautiful piece on FB but just wanted to pop in and say how wonderful that big huge strawberry is, love it!

  25. BJ says:
    16 July 2012 20:28

    I'm sad this is all nearly over too. Really enjoyed all the colour prompts. Your strawberry drawing is amazing, feel like you could just eat it off the page. BJ

  26. Jo Murray says:
    16 July 2012 21:38

    Love it... 'let the storm wash the plates' !

  27. Christine says:
    16 July 2012 21:59

    Your pages are beautiful and go so well with the most romantic poem (sigh!)

  28. missy k says:
    16 July 2012 22:06

    I didn't sketch it!!! I wish my sketching skills were that good :)


  29. Mandy says:
    17 July 2012 00:02

    Oh...i love your strawberry....i bought the tiniest punt fir 4 dollars yesterday...not special ones either...i love them and love your journal page...and yes...boo hoo ...i say we push for a winter of colour...lol...xxx

  30. Carolyn Dube says:
    17 July 2012 01:23

    Stunning art! I love the way the text cradles the strawberry-which has such beautiful shading!

  31. Kathy, PaperPumpkin says:
    17 July 2012 01:49

    Is that your strawberry patch in the background, too??!
    I love your journal spread. Your giant strawberry is wonderful. I will miss our Summer of Color... Kath

  32. Netty says:
    17 July 2012 11:53

    Fabulous spread. Annette x

  33. Privet and Holly says:
    17 July 2012 12:27

    I LOVE your
    pages!!! You
    could absolutely
    make prints of
    that....and the
    poem makes it
    that much more

    xo Suzanne

    PS: I read 50 Shades
    of ICK, too. Felt the
    same way....actually
    tossed it in the garbage
    when I finished it, as
    that is where it belongs.

  34. denthe says:
    17 July 2012 13:48

    I am in love with your handwriting! And that poem is beautiful! Have to check out the poet ...

  35. Sabrina says:
    17 July 2012 16:28

    That strawberry is incredible!! You always choose the perfect text for your images! I really like the watermelon ice title stamped on the side, and is that a crossword puzzle peeking through the background. Finally, I love those page edges. I think I see wild and reckless on the previous page. So these all in one book? That's so fun!!

  36. Karen Isaacson says:
    17 July 2012 18:54

    gorgeous page for a gorgeous poem.

  37. Carmen says:
    17 July 2012 18:56

    Ooh I thought I commented on this one!

    Just love it - pretend I said what Sabrina said ;) That strawberry is gorgeous (as are the ones for £1 at the moment in Tescos!)

    Roll on next year - I had so much fun with this :)

  38. Fallingladies says:
    18 July 2012 00:18

    What a great spread and a lovely poem!

  39. Nora CG says:
    18 July 2012 20:00

    Your pages and illustration, are just gorgeous. Everything is great!!!
    Have an amazing day!

  40. Barb King says:
    19 July 2012 13:36

    Perfect image for this challenge. I love strawberries, they are so beautiful when I go to the pick your own field.

  41. Melinda says:
    19 July 2012 20:03

    oh wow this is great! DEFINITELY matches the colors too! Also thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

  42. Kristin Aquariann says:
    19 July 2012 20:38

    What a tasty looking strawberry! Wonderful poem, too. *dreamy sigh*

    ♥ aquariann
    Art Update: Daisy Drawing

  43. Janelle says:
    20 July 2012 03:07

    This is another lovely page. The strawberry fits perfectly here. I like the way that you did your lettering too.

  44. stefanie stark says:
    20 July 2012 14:28

    Thank you for taking me away to this strawberry dream. What a beautiful idea and what a beautiful picture!

  45. Diana Taylor says:
    20 July 2012 15:36

    Hi again!
    I just wanted to say I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award - although only recently found I have very much enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your art work.
    If you don't 'do' awards then please accept my apologies and ignore me! If however you are interested then details of what to do are on my blog - velvetmothstudio.blogspot.co.uk

  46. Kathy says:
    22 July 2012 12:39

    Gorgeous pages... the colors are so beautiful.. that is a lovely poem too.. sad that it's over too.. have really enjoyed it..

  47. lydiapuenteharris says:
    27 July 2012 13:38

    Very lovely work-I've really enjoyed your art journal pages!