Cold Night


Cold night

huddled standing.

Rain falling,

bails snapping,

wickets crumbling;

Dead and heavy.



  1. Hola Kate.
    Love the way I’m taken straight there.
    Straight to a spot in my memory.
    But not quite.
    Somewhere new.
    Thanks v much for sharing.
    Adios E

  2. Kate,
    Love your paintings. They remind me of Raoul Dufy’s work. I once heard the wonderful writer Robert Dessaix (his novel Night Letters is beautiful and his essay collections are riveting) give a lecture on similarities and differences between writing and painting. He had just sat for Robert Hannaford for several days for an Archibald portrait, so he had a long time to think about it.
    He said he had always loved Dufy’s colour and gentle imagination, and that inspired him as a writer. Dufy was a fauvist/post-impressionist, and always regarded as a good but second-class artist. He said he thought that was a good thing to aspire to.
    I am no art expert, but Dufy’s painting of boats on the harbour always remind me of Whiteley and Ken Done (I reckon KD just popularised the more accessible parts of BW – more power to him – better than killing yourself with whisky and heroin).

  3. Hi E

    I’ve never played real cricket, only the pavement variety a long time ago. However, at this last game I got a good sense of how it must feel for a batsmen when his wicket literally goes flying..!

    Hi Peter

    Dufys’ paintings have that lightness of touch to them and a brevity that seems to generate a certain degree of peace; they are very much in the moment. I have always liked Ethel Carrick Fox and her paintings of similar subject matter; an australian who travelled extensively. She too was able to simplify her compositions whilst maintaining a vivid energy within the work.

    I’ll put Dessaix on my holiday reading list. But i find when I am compromised with time the mix of quick, brief sketches combined with words is in fact another way of painting itself. Funnily though, I think for me the internet and blogging has fostered this practise as well.

    It would have been interesting to hear that lecture; do you know if Dessaix has written his ideas re painting and writing?


  4. Thank you for sharing such an intimate post.
    We are also big fans of Raoul Dufy, but just recently came across his brother Jean’s work, have you seen it? Was it ignored because it was similar?
    More here about their tricky relationship and some pics.

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