Art and Poetry: I see you, I see me.

Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier

I see you

What is it about that first look that creates the spark? The moment that one person arrives in your frame, fever sets in. The eyes swerve, shift, sneak and slide - all around that one who sets your heart all a-flutter.

With each look you take in some more, trying to reconstruct the whole image in your head so you can recall it whenever you want. Lights and shadows, curves and lines. Your neck hurts from the secret looks.

The eyes caress, capture and get captivated.

Beauty- inner or outer has such an effect on our senses.

I love the intricacy of these paintings by Annick Bouvattier. It was, for me, love at first sight.

Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier

I see me

I have my moments. I adore, admire and appreciate the beauty of the human form in art and in real life. I often wonder what it is that draws me to a person - as I know and realise it is not just the physical traits. There are many who the world may adore as beautiful who do very little for me in terms of attraction.

There are others who have the kind of beauty that transcends mere physical traits. Don't get me wrong, it is not that I am immune to physical beauty, but the added value comes from personality, presence and the inner glow of warmth, humanity, honesty, kindness and enthusiasm.

I also like those where I see me reflected. I see parts of me, parts my passions and personality that align my senses to the other. It is perhaps in seeing them I see myself. Loving such inner beauty perhaps is an attempt to love myself ( which I am not very good at)

It is inevitable we are drawn to those who 'see us' in all our facets. Those who 'get us' who appreciate our values and beliefs, our strengths and vulnerabilities.

There is beauty in that relationship.

And thereby hangs a song...


Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier

I see you. I see me.


Latticework of morning light

Shining through the blinds

Remnants of a dream I had

Lining through my mind



Early calls of birds in song

Echoes through the walls

Waking up as a brand new day

Tiptoes and enthrals



I see you in the golden glow of morning sky

I see you in the colours of the rainbow high

I see you in the dewdrops on the grass blades nigh

I see you in all that makes me thank my eyes




Murmurs as the Radio

Crackles into life

News of mayhem, news of loss

Trouble and more strife



Easy it is to become

Entrenched in despair

I just think of you and my

World begins to care



I see you in hopes and dreams of million souls

I see you in work that helps reach our goals

I see you in love and care in all our roles

I see you in the small things that make up the wholes




Smells of toast and hot java

Lure me out of bed

I splash some water on my face

And try to clear my head



Staring back at me in glass

Is a stranger’s smile

Lost in life’s wilderness

Haven’t been me a while



I see you in the gentle grip that holds my hand

I see you in the footprints left on my life sand

I see you in simple things and all that’s grand

I see you in the promise of a distant land




This heart of mine refuses

What my fog brain knows

The many ghosts that haunt me

As I walk through the empty house



Beauty is the state of mind

When you were there with me

Now a desert mirage

That only I can see



I see you in every corner of my place

I see you in the haunted eyes on my face

I see you in the madness of my life race

I see you in candle flame as my heart prays...


I see you. I see me.



-Mohan Kumar -


Art of Annick Bouvattier
Art of Annick Bouvattier
Annick Bouvatier
Annick Bouvatier

Annick Bouvattier

Annick Bouvattier Nevers was born in the mid-sixties. Her father was a paediatrician and an art lover who fostered his love of art in his daughter. After her under-graduation, she abandoned the family tradition of studying to be a Doctor and went into fashion school and trained as a stylist. She presented her work in the fashion capitals of the world: Paris and Milan.

She expanded into the world of cinema and advertising, mostly doing costume designs and style. As a costume designer she worked a lot in Rome's Cinecittà studios, here she says she developed a taste for warm colours: deep blues, ochre, green, burnt amber and many more that remind one of Italy.

In early 1990, she decided to devote herself exclusively to painting.

Annick Bouvattier paints women,mostly alone, adorning empty spaces with lights and shadows playing across their forms. There is a sense of loneliness, waiting as well as confidence and comfort. Her paintings convey a myriad emotions and create a sense of unique beauty.

She exhibits across all over the world.

Art of Annick Bouvattier
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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I really loved the part where you wrote "It is inevitable we are drawn to those who 'see us' in all our facets. " This is so true. Your poetry is beauful along with the perfect selection of music. Awesome hub!


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Mohan ~ it's a most amazing thing, the outer frame & the inner person, the visage & the deeds . . . I am daily instructed by my bride on what it means to be a truly beautiful person - yet, I will never get over that first time I looked up and saw her just about 45 years ago and I am still moved by it. We are most remarkably made.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Doc, this is so beautiful. Your wife is a very lucky woman to have a man who thrills his heart and lights his life. Your poetry is absolutely awesome. I love this hub!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Dear Docmo, I don't know where to start appreciating in words the beauty in this hub of yours - Your poem, Annick Bouvattier's art... wow!... That favourite song of mine - Groovy Kind of Love... or your soul so beautifully exposed in your introduction and referral to us, your co-perspectives.

Every word so true! Sadly, I can no longer boast with a beautiful body like those in Annick's art - quite a depressing reality! But strange enough, I still feel beautiful because I am loved for who I am. Brings me back to my conclusion after I've read your hub - and those of the others: Love makes us beautiful. Love makes everything beautiful. I can't remember the English words in a chapter in the Bible about love, but directly translated in my language they are: "Love conceals everything."

Excellent, thought-provoking, touching hub and beautiful, sad poem - ".... Now a desert mirage that only I can see..."


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mohan,

I thoroughly appreciate how you have woven love and beauty together...in my own way, I had the same perspective on this month's subject.

Once again you have introduced me to this amazing artist, in your passionate way of expression. Your video is masterful and Phil Collins croons the perfect accompaniment.

I must pinch myself that your are a doctor. You are a romantic, with an appreciation of true beauty.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, mar


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful one Mohan. Loved reading every bit of this hub. Thank you for sharing this perspective with us, and for the information about Annick Bouvattier. Hope you're having a good weekend.

Voted up and sharing!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Beautiful poem Mohan, and the artwork was absolutely amazing, Annick Bouvattier is so talented, wonderful!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing and introducing me to the artwork of Annick Bouvattier, voted up.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Lovely poem and photos that add to the content's meaning. Beauty is within a person, as you stated, and that is something we see as the relationship strengthens.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A beautiful song and addition to great reflections! Thank you, Docmo!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Beautiful hub! I love that you have introduced me, yet again, to another amazing artist!

A great poem coupled with the artwork and music....just one word....Beautiful!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Outstanding work! I appreciate your perspective. (shared)


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

"Latticework of morning light" is my favorite line...seeing beauty in the ordinary patterns around us. Your poetry is lovely and you share much of yourself in your musings on beauty. Thank you also for the introduction into Annick Bouvattier's artwork! ~Lurana


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Pamela: thank you very much. I am so glad you like this perspective.

@Mickey: you are right. we are indeed, remarkably made and - made remarkable - by those that shape us.

@shauna: you tell her. ;-) thank you so much.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Martie: It's always a pleasure to read a fresh batch of perspectives. I am always delighted when my fellow perspectivers come over and appreciate the work as I do theirs. My writing can only be as good as those who 'get' it. and thank you for 'getting' it.

@Maria: Right from when I was a child, I get impossibly enthused and excited when I discover something new- art, music, stories, films and always rush to share it with my friends. Thank the hubland for giving me the opportunity ot continue ot do this... and thank you for appreciating my work.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@livingsta: thank you for sharing and tweeting my work. Really appreciate your visit.

@Nell: Glad you enjoyed this one, Nell. thank you.

@Nithya: the pleasure is mine. Annick is another great talent I discovered recently.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Dianna: Thank you so much. we do see beauty more as the relationship grows and bonds strengthen.

@Michelle: Thank you for reading and sharing.

@btrbell: the pleasure is mine. Thank you so much.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@MHatter: Thank you for reading/sharing. Much appreciated.

@MrsBrownsparlour: That's the first line that camer to me.. Glad you like it... thank you.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful article on beauty. You have captured beauty's essence quite well. I am so touched by your writings, Docmo. I don't have anymore adjectives to describe what I read and see here. I am almost speechless. I love your words - the poetry is wonderful. I love the paintings - they are exquisite. You have given me new artists to follow - this Annick Bouvattier is a wonderful artist. I don't know where you find them. Of course, I love the Phil Collins song and recording. That is just fabulous. Wonderfully done and what a beautiful perspective on beauty. Just lovely.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

"... the inner glow of warmth, humanity, honesty, kindness and enthusiasm...." that is beauty! Your beauty shines through your writing Mohan, in particular this one on beauty. You've chosen lovely thoughts and your poem is beautiful, exemplifying what you mean.

What an honor it was to join in this month's Perspectives...to be among beautiful people such as yourself!

Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

this entire hub is another exercise in beauty: the writing, the sentiment, the poetry and the fabulous paintings. A true pleasure. thank you for sharing your this with us.


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brownella 3 years ago from New England

Lovely poem though for some reason it made me a bit sad, as if the beauty is more of a memory than present, but I suppose most things are more beautiful once we've left them behind. Thanks for sharing :)


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@suzette: Thank you. I am equally touched by your comments and appreciation. I live in my head a lot and a lot of my writing comes from experiences and emotions that mean something to me. It is always great to see that it means something to others too. I suppose every writer who puts their words out for others to read hopes to reach in someway. I am glad my words here about beauty connected so well. Thank you again!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Mary: the honour is all mine. It is so good that you joined us this month in this shared act of creativity. Thank you for your ongoing support and appreciation. You are a dear friend out here in hubland.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@dwilliam: thank you so much for dropping by and reading this piece. I am really happy that you found this worthy of your attention. Much appreciated.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@brownella: I find beauty is always tinged with some melancholy. Maybe its just me. I knew as I was writing it that there was going to be a tinge of loneliness and longing. It's something that spurs my writing... Thank you os much for your visit and comment.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Doc, show her my response. I'm sure she knows how much you love her, but let her see my perspective from way across the pond. You are such a romantic and lover of humanity. What's more is your wife is so beautiful to you and such an integral part of your life. If she doesn't know it, tell her every single day.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

Thank you shauna - I do tell her every day.What more I try to show her in action and effort too. Of course she knows it... I hope ;-)


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for introducing me to a new artist. Her work looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem, as well. This is a very enjoyable hub.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

The poem is intriguing and you introduced another artist. Makes me feel that talent is never short handed ;)

Great work!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great share Docmo and here's to wishing you a wonderful day too.

Eddy.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is a wonderful hub. I really enjoy her artwork it is so realistic you think that you can just reach into the painting and be part of it. Enjoyed. Passing this on.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Love your perspective here on beauty! Wow, Annick Bouvattier's art is stunningly beautiful. It would be amazing to attend one of her exhibits no doubt!

I believe true beauty comes from the heart, whether beautiful on the outside or not, in the eyes of the world's view, either way.

The "I see you. I see me" is very beautiful.

God did create such magnificent beauty that is found in a woman's form.

All around great and stunningly beautiful hub.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A beautiful poem and a lovely choice of music. Enjoyed it greatly.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Dear Mohan - If you connect in your professional work the way you connect in your writing, you are one helluva human being. This entire hub is a work of art - from the theme, to the poetry, to the illustrations and the inclusion of another helluva artist, Annick Bouvattier.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

The more I read your work, the more I am in awe of your writing, your choice of images, and your choice of music. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and emotions with us.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is more than a hub, it is an experience, simply delightful!..your poem, those exquisite sensuous and beautiful art images, your perspective on beauty, they all come together brilliantly. So glad I came, Up and sharing.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

This is an amazing piece of work! The art, your words - all superb. You seem to call on an inner source that allows you to draw in art that is the ideal companion to your words. Beautiful. Pinning and Tweeting the Pin.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@AliciaC - I am pleased that I could introduce you to a new artist. Thank you very much!

@Ruchira- Thank you so much for your visit and appreciation!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Eiddwen- God bless and have a great day yourself. thank you very much.

@GypsyRose- what drew me to Annick's art is her wonderful realism and how she captures those nuances... glad you like it too. Thank you!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@Faith Reaper: I agree. True beauty grows and never diminishes especially when it comes from the inside- age does not wither such beauty... Thank you so much for your comments/share!

@Blossom- glad you enjoyed this! Thanks!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@drbj- Me not worthy of your tireless support but me like it very much. I do, professionally connect the same way as I do here. ( atleast thats what my patients tell me) I think it is it an act or a performance, but just me. Thank you so much!

@Daisy- you are too kind! thank you.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

@tobusiness- I'm glad you came too. And thank you so much for sharing.

@Cyndi- it always feels good when things complement each other than feel stuck upon- I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Docmo, what can i say that others have not. Each offering is more beautiful than the last. You have the heart of a romantic lover and your poetry touches the most inner being of the soul. I could read your words over and over again and still be wanting more. Sharing my friend..Thank you...


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Docmo ....I sincerely Thank You for the introduction to this enormously talented woman, Annick. Your tribute to her, as well as her fabulous art is simply beautiful, Mohan. I, for one, am pleased that she chose this path in life.....side-stepping the familial medical direction.......In a way, though, she heals the soul..........UP++++


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Docmo

"I see you in hopes and dreams of million souls

I see you in work that helps reach our goals

I see you in love and care in all our roles

I see you in the small things that make up the wholes"

Annick Bouvattier not only captures the physical beauty of the women in her paintings but a beauty that is also gentle and vulnerable.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Congratulations on a perfect hub score!

Have a good week.


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Docmo 4 weeks ago from UK Author

Thank you so much again for your wonderfully appreciative comments. You all lift me up and inspire me.

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