Broken Brushstrokes, Interruptions, and Magnificence


Brushstrokes broken

Subtle lapse in coloration

Spaces resting in between

Blemished beauties on canvas

Perfect curves

Drawn in the mind’s eye

Lost in translation

Perhaps the palate knows

Which colors have lingered

Or were missed

Some still resting patiently

Dancing occasionally

With the swirling bristles

Where emotions

Are often entangled

With that of the moment

Ideas of creation

Influenced by interruptions

Becoming collected


Seeking opportunity

Showing their colors

And yet keeping their secrets

Of lost memories

And the perfect portrayal

Of magnificence


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

6 thoughts on “Broken Brushstrokes, Interruptions, and Magnificence

  • December 26, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Beautiful R J ! I write and I paint but how often I run up against the wall of the palate or the paper both knowing exactly that which I stumble over !
    Merry Christmas my friend !

  • December 29, 2018 at 4:12 AM

    I never could paint of even draw very well, but this piece Ralph put in the thoughts of a person that could. Thank you for that. Nicely done.

  • December 29, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Excellent piece Ralph. I used to draw so i can appreciate and kind of understand the painters mindset here, but you wrote them out so flawlessly. Nice work

  • January 4, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Well-written from the mind of an artist. I don’t paint put I do draw and I need to start incorporating my own illustrations with my writing. Thanks for the reminder.


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