Art and Poetry fun

Today we got inspired by the poetry of U. A. Fanthorpe about a painting, so let have a look at poetry and art fun. What you have to keep in mind, while reading this poem is that the poem is a humorous reflection on the art work of Paolo Uccello’s Saint George and the Dragon from 1470.

Art and Poetry fun

The poem takes the perpective of (1) the knight, (2) the princess and (3) the dragon. It is up to you now, as the reader, to discover who is who. If you want to read more about this poem e.g. the full explanation please visit Just follow the link and you can read about the structure, meaning, and techniques that’s used. For the fun now try to read and understand it, who is who:

Not my best side

Not my best side, I’m afraid.
The artist didn’t give me a chance to
Pose properly, and as you can see,
Poor chap, he had this obsession with
Triangles, so he left off two of my
Feet. I didn’t comment at the time
(What, after all, are two feet
To a monster?) but afterwards
I was sorry for the bad publicity.
Why, I said to myself, should my conqueror
Be so ostentatiously beardless, and ride
A horse with a deformed neck and square hoofs?
Why should my victim be so
Unattractive as to be inedible,
And why should she have me literally
On a string? I don’t mind dying
Ritually, since I always rise again,
But I should have liked a little more blood
To show they were taking me seriously.

It’s hard for a girl to be sure if
She wants to be rescued. I mean, I quite
Took to the dragon. It’s nice to be
Liked, if you know what I mean. He was
So nicely physical, with his claws
And lovely green skin, and that sexy tail,
And the way he looked at me,
He made me feel he was all ready to
Eat me. And any girl enjoys that.
So when this boy turned up, wearing machinery,
On a really dangerous horse, to be honest
I didn’t much fancy him. I mean,
What was he like underneath the hardware?
He might have acne, blackheads or even
Bad breath for all I could tell, but the dragon–
Well, you could see all his equipment
At a glance. Still, what could I do?
The dragon got himself beaten by the boy,
And a girl’s got to think of her future.

I have diplomas in Dragon
Management and Virgin Reclamation.
My horse is the latest model, with
Automatic transmission and built-in
Obsolescence. My spear is custom-built,
And my prototype armour
Still on the secret list. You can’t
Do better than me at the moment.
I’m qualified and equipped to the
Eyebrow. So why be difficult?
Don’t you want to be killed and/or rescued
In the most contemporary way? Don’t
You want to carry out the roles
That sociology and myth have designed for you?
Don’t you realize that, by being choosy,
You are endangering job prospects
In the spear- and horse-building industries?
What, in any case, does it matter what
You want? You’re in my way

Sucked it up? Hope you enjoyed this master piece. The author, U. A. Fanthorpe, shows a wonderful way of combining poetry and art smoothly. We’re loving it, eventhough he uses enjambment and hardly no rhyme. So, if you have know more examples about such art and poem combination fun, please feel free to leave us your (re)comment.

Een juiste band met het schilderij

brug met het schilderij

Een juiste band betekent dat de verbinding met schilderij en jou positief is. Het precies definiëren van de aantrekkingskracht dat een bepaald schilderij op jouw heeft is geen eenvoudige opgave, maar we helpen je graag op weg.

Definitie van Schilderij

Een belangrijke vraag is  wat is nu eigenlijk de definitie van schilderij. Volgens de Van Dale is geschilderde voorstelling op een paneel of doek. Of een geschilderd kunstwerk; schilderstuk. De laatste definitie is bij ons beter toepasbaar omdat de schildering niet direct een voorstelling hoeft te zijn.

Band of Binding

De brug tussen kijker en schilderij

De Color Stroke Serie geeft niet direct de voorstelling prijs waardoor de kijker zelf wordt uitgedaagd om een binding of band met het kunstwerk te maken. De kijker moet als het ware een brug zien te bouwen met behulp van zijn of haar inleveningsvermogen, de titel en de voorstelling van het schilderij.