The Sisters of Mercy

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long.
Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned:
When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.

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Still Life with Lemon

I’m really enjoying still life painting at the moment. I have always loved the intriguing metaphysical qualities of the work of Georgio Morandi and Juan Sánchez Cotán and they inspire and instill a sense of peace and mystery.

Email me on alicejulietmason@gmail.com for more info about this painting, my art retreats and classes.

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The Cave House

I have always loved the metaphysical still lives of Morandi and painting this brought me into a beautiful meditation. The Cave House. In my etsy shop.

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Maia

Maia. (Greek) This Goddess of Spring represents the forces of growth and the return of the warm rays of the sun. 26 cm by 31 cm. 10 inches by 12 inches. On canvas board. In my etsy shop. Link here ❤ https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1005355565/maia-goddess-of-spring?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1

Maia
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April Moon

April Moon. A painting for Taurus. The sign of beauty, sensuality, steadfastness and earthly pleasures. In my etsy shop. Link here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1003015301/april-moon?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Joni in California

I heard it in the wind last night
It sounded like applause
Chilly now
End of summer
No more shiny hot nights
It was just the arbutus rustling
And the bumping of the logs
And the moon swept down black water
Like an empty spotlight

From ‘For the Roses’ Joni Mitchell.

Painting ‘Joni at the Window’ by Alice Mason. In my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/999632163/joni-mitchell-in-california?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Tin Angel

Varnished weeds in window jars
Tarnished beads on tapestries
Kept in satin boxes are
Reflections of love’s memories

Letters from across the seas
Roses dipped in sealing wax
Valentines and maple leaves
Tucked into a paperback

Guess I’ll throw them all away
I found someone to love today

Dark with darker moods is he
Not a golden Prince who’s come
Through columbines and wizardry
To talk of castles in the sun

Still, I’ll take a chance and see
I found someone to love today

There’s a sorrow in his eyes
Like the angel made of tin
What will happen if I try
To place another heart in him

In a Bleeker Street cafe

I found someone to love today
I found someone to love today

Joni Mitchell

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Rosa

Latest painting, in my Etsy shop. Inspired by Mexican art and portraiture of the fifties and sixties. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AliceMasonArtist

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Mermaid Paintings

A selection of my mermaid prints. In my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/AliceMasonArtis

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In Love with Where I Am

For as long as I can remember I have been pursued by wanderlust,  pulling me gently away by the hair..

However this past year I have been forced to be thankful for the beauty of where I live and every day I try to walk, whether through sun, rain, mud or snow.  Today was the hardest walk of them all. From Hastings old town through Ecclesbourne Glen to the rocky beaches only accessible by precipitous paths on foot.  It was the most challenging walk, although the sun was beautiful,  the air blessedly cool with no wind at all. The mud made it even harder on the incrediby steep rocky paths, trying to navigate in wellies.  Pretty humbling.  At times I felt defeated, but it was so worth it when I climbed that final hill and threw myself on the grass just before the sun went down.

Ellie
Ollie
Lauren, Ellie and Ollie
Hastings old town from the East Hill
The Shell House, Winchelsea beach

Me in Bexhill in the cold month of January
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