Who is on the plum tree?
Do you see what I mean about the exquisite art that is being auctioned by Plum Tree Books’ artists for Song Of Sahel on September 16th? Oh! I love Susie Bertie’s Geisha. She looks like a Goddess too doesn’t she? She is voluptuous and gorgeous, full of longing and promise. And wouldn’t she look great on your wall? Although the style is influenced by Art Nouveau, Susie’s Geisha reminds me greatly of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris’ wonderful, flowery wallpapers and designs that gave rise to a whole movement of designers and artists in the UK. He founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones and with the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which profoundly influenced the decoration of English churches and houses into the early 20th century.
I hope Susie doesn’t mind my being fanciful with her painting and assuming associations with her style. But her Geisha is so evocative. After all, it was William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites that inspired the likes of Tolkein and the English fantascists of that era. If Susie’s picture puts me in mind of all that, it will surely also stimulate your imaginations. Susie tells me that the purpose of her Geisha is to distract us away from our “too much” days. This Geisha’s intention is to seduce us into participating in the Song Of Sahel event.
The Launch of the anthology is on 15th September. In Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Continental, Asian, Antipodean words, images and music, we hope to raise awareness of the plight of the Sahel region in Africa. And we WANT you to download our beautiful book! Yes! We do! Our Geisha asks shamelessly that you do that…that you download the anthology, the beautiful music tracks written especially for the event, and that some of you will even bid on these wonderful pictures.
Please, take a moment away from your ‘too much‘ days to participate, visit & experience our amazing community of artists.
Susie’s prismacolor colored pencil piece will be available for auction here.