The Quintessential Woman; Celebrating women with art and poetry.

[This blog contains 12 art works of women.]

As it is Woman’s Month here in South Africa, I thought I would share some poetry and art of women that I have painted.  I think the poem, ‘The Quintessential Woman’, expresses my feelings for woman in a lighthearted, but also in a significant way.  It is a poem celebrating women. The art featured here is women in different poses, relaxing, working and enjoying life.  Ladies we are special and unique creatures and we need to enjoy being just that! The first featured painting is titled Breath! Oil on canvas.

From the birth of Eve,
Woman has been second to man.
She is not significant in physical strength,
But relevant in matters of the mind.
No stone is unturned in her spiritual quest,
Through which her zest
And love of life is expressed.

The quintessential woman is astute,
Intelligent and wise, after all,
She is in the business of moulding lives.
She's capable of delivering the best,
From a five-star meal to a well-balanced child.

Her integrity and strength are inborn;
A teacher, protector, and comforter
To her sons and daughters.
A supporter, lover, and companion
To her significant other,
And a willing aide and confidant
To her associates and friends.

Gifted with a sixth sense,
She is always in the know
When to wipe a tear,
Offer a hug or lend an ear.
Nothing is too much for her to mend;
A broken relationship, a grazed knee,
A torn pair of jeans.

She offers the inevitable cup of tea
And with that Mona Lisa smile,
Instinctively knows the appropriate words to choose
When counselling those with the blues,
Calming the disruptive or settling disputes.

She builds up and never tears down;
A constructive thinker
Without a destructive thought.
Gossip she finds distasteful,
It makes her frown.
The quintessential woman does not
Partake in trivial mental games;
Fairness is her middle name.

With finances, she takes care,
Only purchasing what is necessary.
Saving a bit here, and paying what's due there;
A little extra cash she sets aside for charity;
The orphans, the aged or animal welfare.

Never a procrastinator,
This woman accomplishes the visions
To which her life is assigned.
An exceptional organiser;
Armed with a phone and ipad,
She'll organise a peace rally or charity day,
Just as efficiently as she would children
At the annual school play!
She can landscape a garden,
And decorate a room -
Is proficient at changing a tyre
And flying to the moon!

Women are the teachers of the generations;
The peace negotiators of the world
And are deserving of dignity, love and respect.
They have proved their worth
And always produce the best! ❤
~Caroline Street.


Gemini. Small. - Copy
Expectant.  Oil on canvas. “To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
– Anne Christian Buchanan
Mother and Child Small
Mother and Child.  Graphite on paper. A baby fills that space in your heart that you never knew was empty. Anon. 
The Sunbathers - Small
The Sunbathers.  Friends come and go, like the waves of the ocean, but the true ones stay like an octopus on your face. Anon.
Woman Combing Her Hair after Degas.Small
Woman Combing Her Hair (after Degas). Pastel on Paper. “I’ll be ready in five minutes, stop calling me every half hour.”  Anon. 
Moody Blue.Small
Moody Blue. Oil on canvas.   Mystic blue / You are soulful, true / Even to your hues/ You know the rue/ On this I chew/ Yes blue, you wooed/ While the soul brewed/ You are faithful to you/ This is your portion/Your glue.  – C.Street.  
Girl with the Orange Scarf.Small
The Girl with the Orange Scarf.  Oil on canvas. The colours of Africa.
Lady Lou. Oil on canvas. A woman from the 1500’s . I would have hated been in their shoes, but the gowns they wore were exquisite.
An African Face. Oil on canvas. We all want to be queen for a day!
Socialising Small
Socializing. Acrylic on canvas. Our children, if we allow them, will keep us youthful. 
The Spaces Inbetween Small - Copy - Copy - Copy
The Spaces In-between.  Oil on canvas paper. Always remain grounded and true to yourself.
Waiting - Copy
Waiting.  Watercolor on paper.  Youth and wisdom do not go hand in hand, but aging and wisdom does.  If I can have the wisdom, I will age happily.  

Copyright © Caroline Street. Art, Poetry and Photography. All rights reserved.

7 thoughts on “The Quintessential Woman; Celebrating women with art and poetry.

  1. Caroline, these are the amazing art works of women. And they are so distinguished from each. They all have a different mood! I enjoyed tremendously to look at them, to pause and feel.
    You are the Artist artist!!!

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