George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold

A Joan Mitchell painting

a "lady painter" 

splashes of color fly across the canvas

a fearless slash of cadmium red

against a meditating field of frosty blue

created by a woman

overshadowed by men

"real painters"--

real geniuses


a painter who shows me

that I can do it too

I can show raw emotion

I can be honest in my work

I can be fearless

I can be bold

I can create an entire rainbow of colors on canvas

and make it beautiful




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