Spark: The big reveal

Today is the big reveal for Spark 12, a project in which artists and writers are given words or images as inspiration for visual or written pieces that are completed over 10 days. Today is day 27. And it has been such a pleasure to participate in this.

I was given a poem written by Annemarie Lockhart that really spoke to me. On the first read of her poem “Waxing and Waning” (below), I interpreted the “she” literally as a woman. Reading it repeatedly these past several days, I then began to see the “moon” as the focus, the “she.” So worked on pencil sketches in response to that. Then the imagery shifted again and I was back to focusing on a woman as a subject. There was something about the idea of moonlight and secrecy that emerged and led me to create this cloaked lady.

I love the way the words have been swirling around in my head over the past week or so as I’ve tried to capture the essence of this lovely piece. I hope I’ve done this justice. It’s collage on a 30 x 40  gallery wrapped canvas. I still have some details to add, but here it is. I call it “Moonlight Lady.”

Waxing and Waning

By Annmarie Lockhart
Inspiration Piece

crescent moon
on a clear-sky night
she shines center stage
in front of a deep dark
velvet curtain with
a handful of stars
scattered like glitter
across midnight

a silvery sliver of
her full brazen self
she emanates light
weak and pale

she glows
but does not grab
she is beautiful
but subdued
she shows
but does not tell
she is eyecatching
but definitely not
breathtaking

CED: Big

This month’s theme for Creative Every Day Challenge was “big.” This is the one piece that I managed to do specifically for this theme. It’s a mixed media work on what used to be scrap paper, catching splatters beneath other paintings and drawings I had been working on. This is my favorite way of letting one piece of art lead to another. I call it “Big Dreams.”

Spark: Day 1

I’m participating in Spark: art from writing, writing from art. It’s an event in which artists and writers respond to each other’s works over a 10-day period from today through May 27. Participants sign up and the organizer e-mails the inspiration piece for the works that will be created. Each person gets a different piece. Artists get words, writers get art for inspiration. I’m planning to chronicle my creative process and reveal the final piece on May 27.

I was so excited to wake up this morning to receive the inspiration piece. I never loved homework while in school, but I so love assignments as an artist. They get my heart going. And this one certainly has. The poem below by Annmarie Lockhart is so very, very lovely. Line by line, it speaks to me on a deep level and to the work that I’ve been doing for so long–that lady in the flowing gown who constantly shows up in my work, the lady I’m trying to figure out, trying not to paint so much so that I might grow as an artist, but can’t seem to leave behind. Her. Can’t wait to translate this on canvas. So many images are flying through my head already: stars, mystery, revelation, darkness, light. May my lady will show up, maybe not. Here is the piece that will inspire my creation:

Waxing and Waning

By Annmarie Lockhart
Inspiration Piece

crescent moon
on a clear-sky night
she shines center stage
in front of a deep dark
velvet curtain with
a handful of stars
scattered like glitter
across midnight

a silvery sliver of
her full brazen self
she emanates light
weak and pale

she glows
but does not grab
she is beautiful
but subdued
she shows
but does not tell
she is eyecatching
but definitely not
breathtaking

Inspired by Oprah

“…You are not the product of your circumstances. You are a composite of all the things you believe, and all the places you believe you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if the entire culture is saying, ‘You can’t.’ Even if every single possible bad thing that can happen to you does. You can keep going forward.”—Oprah

I was inspired by a quote from Oprah this week. Her words stuck with me as I thought about how easy it is to dwell in the past and not deal with the present. And this image came to me. It’s a simple pencil sketch in a little sketchbook that I got for free. Nothing fancy about the paper, or the expectations here, which frees me a bit as an artist, I must say. I call this one “Forward.”

Prints available here at RedBubble.com.

Sketchbook Challenge: Can’t resist

I stumbled upon the Sketchbook Challenge recently and thought I’d join in the challenge of creating work based on a theme, much like I have been doing with Leah’s wonderful Creative Every Day Challenge. I can use all the challenges I can get to keep me creating. This month’s Sketchbook theme is “Can’t Resist This!” Naturally, I immediately thought of food.  I can’t resist pasta. If I had a to pick a last meal, it would be pasta. Pasta and sauce. Pasta and no sauce. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. So, from my sketchbook, I give you “Pasta!”

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