From the Publisher
'This beautiful book serves up slices of Wales, a quiet sense of some of the history and the landscape of the country through both paintings and poems . . . for anyone who likes paintings, poetry, nature, Wales or something to think about.' (Corrine Smith www.rambles.net.)
Paintings and Poems expresses the ambiguity and contradictions emerging from the writer's and the artist's views of nature, history and contemporary life. The loss of language and identity are explored, as are some of the paradoxes of the modern world. Other poems, such as The Battle, reveal a lighter playfulness.
The language is precise and powerful, with much use of contrasts. Images and hints invite interpretations which the reader can draw out, while the artist provides visual impact with skill and subtlety.
Evelyn's watercolours illustrate the themes of nature, history, war, village life and childhood, and loss, reflecting the beauty and darkness of nature. Cwm yr Eglwys, for example, comments on the destruction of a particular way of life. In Night Woods the dark woodland reveals the trees and the entities which move through them, and heavy vertical lines create the feeling of being in a deep and threatening wood. Vivid grays and blues light up In The Badlands.
While the landscape paintings deepen the atmosphere of the poems they illustrate, other watercolours reflect the beauty of bird life, mountains and ornamental gardens. The botanical illustrations and flower paintings are striking in their accuracy and colours, and are detailed and realistic, showing dewdrops on the petals, almost hinting of scent.
The illustrations are original, based mainly on scenes in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys in Wales, as well as other parts of Europe.
The relationship between the poems and paintings is ambiguous. Some works stand on their own and in others the poems and paintings are interrelated. This book can be viewed as poems about paintings, paintings with poems, poems and paintings, poems on paintings, Welsh landscapes, botanical paintings, or flower paintings.
'Whether painter or a poet, Paintings & Poems can be enjoyed by everyone.' (Mary Crocco)