Edward Redfield, Early Spring, 1920, oil on canvas, H. 38 x W. 50 inches, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest with the assistance from Wachovia

Edward Redfield’s work entitled Early Spring served as inspiration for Raven Hart. Raven, an 8th grader at Wissahickon Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, was awarded an Honorable Mention for the poem “Oil on the Canvas”. Congratulations Raven!


Oil on the Canvas

Early spring, hear the birds sing

Breathe in slowly, the fresh air is calming

Houses white, beige, and gray

Over the mountain, a peak of a new day

Just beneath the artist hands

Buzzing bees and sprouting lands

Fallen leaves and wretched plans

Oils spray on the canvas

In the site of Artist loving eyes

Redfield caught spring Arise

Fields of green when grass turns blue

Edward the palette shows a different side of you

A taste of fresh flowers for the buzzing bees

The breeze flows through the blooming trees

The river leading to the sea

Seeing a different side of me

Makes everything feel right

This was all from the artist loving sight


Learn more about our exhibit by visiting our website: 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018. You can learn more about ekphrastic poetry by reading our first post.