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Chasing Dreams


Chasing Dreams

It’s been a wet rainy miserable sort of day here so I wrote this post to cheer me up ...

Up Up and Away

 balloon fest   a kestrel hovers 

Build Me Up Buttercup

 buttercup meadows lazy afternoon chasing dreams 

Moonlight Shadow

 shadow play  moonlight flickering through my window 

My daughter Bea did a cover of this a few years ago - we’re very proud of her.

Just a bit of fun!

I’m sure my namesake Clive who writes some awesome posts about Music, among many other things could suggest countless others ...

Artist Credit

Mary Dipnall

”Mary Dipnall says that she would rather be sitting in a meadow full of wild flowers, sketching with the sun on her back than anywhere else. Born in Portsmouth in 1936, her childhood and subsequent painting style was much influenced by family picnics and holidays in England's beautiful West Country. Perhaps it is Mary Dipnall's lack of formal art training or her pastoral lifestyle which infuses her work with such colourful freedom and warmth. Whatever it is that makes her work inspired, it strikes a chord with all those who love and value the English countryside. Following her marriage and the birth of her two sons, Mary Dipnall found herself turning to painting full time, rediscovering her love for the natural world through her paintings. She gradually began to specialise in wonderful representations of wild flowers, and in 1980 held her first exhibition in London. Since then, Mary Dipnall has exhibited on a regular basis in Great Britain, such is the demand for her original work. Her distinctive style of painting guarantees an unique, colourful and decorative quality in each of her startling paintings."

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July 23, 2020 9:09 pm

Lovely cheering post after this dreary day, Clive. I’m wondering if Mary Dipnall is married to David Dipnall, also a landscape artist but with a very different style.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 23, 2020 9:39 pm

Yes, siblings is a possibility. A talented pair!

Clive Pilcher
July 23, 2020 9:53 pm

Many thanks for the name check! I wouldn’t presume to start adding musical suggestions to your post, as the songs are a perfect balance with your poetic words. I would express a preference for the Maggie Reilly version of Moonlight Shadow, though. But that’s the beauty of music – we all have our preferences, and there’s no ‘right or wrong’ about them.

July 24, 2020 12:05 pm

Very good Clive! A lovely relaxing post with a wonderful painting by Mary Dipnall (and your verses are ‘dreamy’ too). I have to admit I’ve not heard of Mary Dipnall but I can certainly relate to the painting very easily. We must be of the same generation as all the music above just floods back into mind! I think I need to lie down…….hahaha

Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 24, 2020 2:01 pm

Clive, that’s so funny! I’ve just woken from my after lunch nap!

July 24, 2020 5:40 pm

Such cheerful poems, and the painting is amazing!

Michele Pruitt
July 25, 2020 3:12 pm

I love the painting “Buttercup Field” by Mary Dipnall. It is a wonderful depiction of a precious moment in time. The overall feel is very peaceful.
When the song Up,Up, and Away came out on the radio, I used to listen to that song over and over! What a nice post!

Helen White
July 26, 2020 6:19 pm

Moonlight Shadow is a very special song, with special memories, for me 🙂

Andrea Stephenson
July 27, 2020 3:02 pm

From the painting to the songs to the haiku this is definitely cheering Clive.

Cynthia Reyes
July 28, 2020 4:21 am

What a lovely picture!

July 28, 2020 9:39 pm

Thank you for this cheerful post, Clive. I love Bea’s cover of ‘Moonlight Shadow’! You are right to be proud of her; she has a wonderful voice. Thank you, too for the introduction to your namesake’s blog.

August 1, 2020 7:14 pm

Lovely links with your haiku and think my granddaughter is taking after Mary Dipnall. At almost 3 she loves running through meadows. Thank goodness we seem to be encouraging more in parks these days for the butterflies.