Sunday, September 23, 2012
Using Poetry in a Painting
"And if I could slip out the bedroom window,
onto the roof,
into the pine trees,
And slip into the branches to lay within their power,
I'd think I was safe,
above it all.
I'd talk to the squirrels
and lay monthly eggs."
By now you know I like to use text in my paintings. I also like to use poetry I've written in paintings. Sometimes I pull out a phrase. Sometimes, as above, I use the entire poem. I could take this single poem and find many ways I could incorporate it into my art. I write every day in a Moleskine journal basically as free writing to release emotions, solve problems, work out ideas, or doodle. I go back and look through my older journals to find little treasures I can pull out and use in my paintings, or sentances or paragraphs that prompt a story. As I read I may imagine a character formulating in my mind and run to the sketchbook to draw her. Her "story" may have come from my journal pages. Or I may come across a doodle that I build on for a painting. It is not unusual for me to find a poem I'd forgotten I'd written that will fit perfectly in the mixed-media piece I created last Tuesday. I will never give up the practice of daily writing and sketching. Both activities fuel my art and writing in surprising ways.
Where do you find your inspiration?