The After Image

Just recently I discovered a great-aunt, Georgiana Houghton, who
was an artist and is now becoming well-known. She lived in the
late 19th century, and her paintings are incredible, I’ve posted one here …

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THE AFTER IMAGE                                        1482-by-georgiana-houghton-blog

celebrate the art of her
dance the singing paint
arms upraised   hips spinning
in a solidity of pigment

I will sing the wonder
of red swirled into rivers
gold gathered as sunsets
black trees pencil sketched                                      4260-georgiana-houghton-c-1865

I marvel at the skill
that makes oil paints live
as pictures of wind and sky
in vivid hymns of colour

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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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4 Responses to The After Image

  1. acox321 says:

    Dear Joanna, Is this an ancestor. I have accessed the Houghton family website in the past. All good wishes, Antony >

  2. Dear Antony, Apparently she was my grandfather’s sister, i.e. my great aunt. I was sent these images and they are from online, not sure that I’ve got the url anymore but they should be available via her name. All the best, Joanna

  3. jhopesimpson@sympatico.ca says:

    Yes, I agree with you. Quite a fantastic use of colour, especially for the period. I enjoyed your poem too! Jenny.

  4. Thank you, Jenny. Did you know about Georgiana?

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