Got started on this one earlier today so that I was sure I could get it finished and posted as early as possible. It still took many hours but these are so much fun to work on so the time just flies by and except for the fact that my hand is sore (maybe a bit too much drawing these days...and my iron grip doesn't really help either). I started this daily art practice with the desire to just get into the habit of making art daily...I mean, I can't really call myself an artist if I don't actually make art, right? I definitely think I'm in the groove now as far as consistency of art making but what I'm really gaining through this process is connection to my artistic intuition and to trust that little voice. I had several starts and stops with this piece. I already had the poem created but I just couldn't think of what to do with the art part. Truth is, though, so much of art making seems to be (for me at least) beyond thought. I scribbled a few lines on the page, thinking I'd go one direction but found other inspiration in those lines and went in a totally different direction. After I had the main items drawn in I started thinking about the background and again ended up in a different place than where I started. Finally, I had imagined that this would be all just black and white (or cream since that's the color of the paper), using just the black pen and graphite shading but as I was just getting ready to start that shading, I had a sense that I should use color instead. I'm so glad I listened to that small voice because I think the color helps those focal items pop more than pencil shading would have, especially since the background ended up being more prominent than I first thought it would. I like this piece. I love the poem and while the background is kind of busy, I love the dimension in it and in the focal items. This item is for sale for $80 plus S&H. Please email me if you'd like to buy it now...I'll likely have it posted on my Etsy shop shortly. Please consider supporting an independent artist :)
Here's the poem:
“Miracle” from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
we commit ourselves to uncertainties
compelled to live,
reverencing our life,
All change is a miracle;
a miracle which is taking place every instant.
Good Saturday evening my lovely readers (I imagine there are scads of you out there even if you aren't commenting!)! As you've now become quite accustomed to...this will be an in progress post :). I suspect I could get this one complete before I go to bed but my husband and I want to have a game night tonight and I can't do both at the same time, so I'm off early and giving you a work in progress again. I do suspect that I'll be done with this one tomorrow...so no stretching it out over days...this time anyway.
Today's project is another tangled found poem from Thoreau's Walden. I have a few pages stocked up that I've already found the poem on and are just waiting for the artwork. Sometimes, I'm inspired to do the art as soon as I finish the poem but other times I get in a poem finding mode and just do page after page of poems. I finally was inspired, on a couple of them actually, for how I wanted the art to look so I just picked one and dove in. This one uses "traditional" tangles but the other one I have an idea for will be more illustrative and have a character of some sort as the focal point. Stay tuned for that one!
I really enjoy found poetry and especially then making art of them. I love words and I love art so these are an amazing blending of those two! If you haven't tried found poetry, I highly recommend it. It's so much fun to create something new out of something old and I operate withing certain rules (like only using words that appear on the page, trying to avoid using complete sentences as they were originally written, poem must use words and punctuation in the order they appear on the page, etc), which can make finding the poem more challenging but I think helps keep the poem more succinct and hopefully, profound.