Steve Ferretti • Visual Artist • Richmond, Virginia USA • sferretti17@verizon.net

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The Poetry Series

Seeking a truly collaborative experience, I completed a series of ten watercolor paintings with poet and writer Andrew Brown (brownalerts.com)  The series of abstract paintings are based on Andrew's poems. 

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

The Coast

The seawater sprayed

against and into my mouth.

I savored the strange

Sensation of becoming

the shore, except that

the waves did not hammer me.

They were like scissors.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $430 . (Framed)

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Positivity

To call one a pessimist

is a lazy way

to say they can be dismissed,

as if happiness

 

is reserved for those

who close their eyes, plug their ears

and say “yes, yes, yes.”

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Bright, Windy Day

These portentous clouds

speed past. Light rises, falls in

waves. Your irises

taken with shadows, dilate

 

and contract, the way

the breath of one who is seized

by passion quickens.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Benediction (#5)

Before a flare bursts

within the dark, it rises

undetected by

those for whom it’s intended.

 

Likewise, the spirit

springs in motion before we 

discern its presence.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Saffron

A pinch of saffron

between thumb and forefinger

is enough flavor

to transmute the entire,

 

otherwise bland, broth.

No one knows why, but some things

make some things better.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Paintng, Steve Ferretti

Benediction (#4)

Soil, fiber, dead

skin and fallen stars form dust

at the wind’s behest.

 

Likewise, the spirit gathers

and scatters us to

dark corners, hollow spaces,

& bright windowsills.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Four-Letter Word

I spoke and was shushed

at a posh venue. I said

a crude word, a word

considered too obscene for

 

polite company.

I said out loud, I love you:

A hush, then the shush.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

After a Fast

 

Every bite parcels

the sum of flavors, the way

prisms separate

vibrations into colors;

 

the tongue arbitrates,

otherwise, we wouldn’t know

how to judge a meal.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $430 . (Framed)

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

Advice for Aspiring Poets

Get ready to wreck

your credit, test your friendships,

and live a life free

from lasting satisfaction.

 

Get ready to say

the right thing at the wrong time,

or the opposite.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $380

Abstract Watercolor Painting, Steve Ferretti

At Forks in the Road,

I Look Around

When you offered me

two choices, I already

had decided not

to live a life confined by

 

either/or. Freedom

is not one or the other.

It is otherwise.

Watercolor . 16.5" x 21" . $430 . (Framed)

Paintings are available for exhibition and/or purchase. Please contact me.