#BigGardenBirdWatch 29-31st January Artwork and Writing Challenge. Have artworks depicting garden birds? Have you written unpublished/published about garden birds? Please DM me, or send a message via my WordPress. Even write poems to the images in this blog post.
In anticipation of spring…
-Kerfe Roig “Crow”
Mirror mirror on the wall
who is the cleverest crow
of them all?
The elite group of species, who
can use twigs to fish insects
out of holes and crevices,
whittle branches into hooks
tear leaves into barbed probes,
are innovative problem solvers,
blithely elegant,in pure dark robes?
Said the rook to the mirror
‘the latest research makes me shiver,
people will not consider us thirsty,
hungry, capable or free, since its
proven, we were never fools.
The corvid family, ravens, rooks,
magpies, jackdaws and jays, were
cautious, cooperative, concerned
and cool, tis no argument as scientists
say, and I just read the news on BBC, that
‘clever crows can use three tools’
‘Mirror mirror, now what’s your suggestion?
The crisis deepens, descending to recession.
Should it be a round table conference,
summit or a mediation, or a call for a corvid
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Poem up at the Ekphrastic Review
My poem Upon a Time, inspired by “Spinning Flax”, by Maria Martinetti, below, is posted on The Ekphrastic Review today.
hushabye, don’t cry–
all the pretty horses fly
shining starborne dreams
You can read the entire poem here.
My thanks once again to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for supporting my work and the interaction between the visual and written arts.
Weekend work 1/25/21
My husband called this “two vortices” but vortices are water. These are meant as tornados.
This is a couple of layers which I’ve been doing lately. The tornado on the right is cut out and pasted. I really can’t explain this painting or where it came from but it was fun and I learned you can never put enough whirling marks in different colors on a tornado.
Have a good week! Nina
turn to the earth
reflected as shadow–
the places I
For Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, in the Badger’s Hexastitch form for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday poet’s choice. I’ve decided to try a new syllabic form each month.
Happy to have Sue’s photos back as inspiration!
The Kick-About #19 Art Forms In Nature – Ernst Haeckel
This week’s Kick-About is really a feast for the senses.
Following the simple, unadorned charms of our previous still-life inspired Kick-About, in which we were encouraged to turn our creative attentions to objects rather ordinary and domestic, this week’s edition is a good deal more fanciful. With Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature as our collective stomping ground, we’ve generated between us a veritable coral reef of different ideas, processes and creativity.
“Haeckel’s images have that other worldly alienness of the microscopic, to me, they tread a line between the interspatial and the outer spatial. With this image I started “riffing” in Maya with repeated forms, influenced a little by Hebrew descriptions of the Ophanim. With a bit of “evolution” a tiny bit of “Interstellar” and a smidge of “Event Horizon” I ended up here.”
“As regular Kick-Abouters are probably aware, I’ve been playing around with freeform crochet off-and-on throughout…
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Weekend work 1/18/2021
A couple done and possibly finished.
The black paper Kerfe gave me is inspiring me. It also holds a lot of paint and almost feels like canvas. Kerfe sent the link and I will be ordering more of this.
Hoping for a good week for everyone.
Martin Luther King Day 2021
voice of crow under grey skies–
how to fill the hole
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
for earthweal open link weekend
Day Ten. Special January Ekphrastic Challenge Jan 7th to February 6th. Please join writers Merril D Smith, Jim The Poet, Holly York, Michael Dickel, Joy Fleming, Hilary Otto, Godefroy Dronsart, Alan Gary Smith, Redcat, and myself as we respond to the remarkable art of Chris O’Connor, Marcel Herms and Kerfe Roig and others to arrive in the coming weeks. Saturday.
I’m one of the featured ekphrastic artists at The Wombwell Rainbow this month. Merril Smith is one of the featured poets. My thanks to Paul Brookes for his support of both art and poetry and the interactions between them
-Kerfe Roig “handeye”
-Marcel Herms “ik onttrek mij”
Responding to CO16 and “Handeye” KR16
Just Over There
These fuzzy-brained days–
I’m a hand-puppet, waiting for direction,
a sense of what to do, which way to go
some sense at all
to my sensibility—magical realism it may be
when the surreal is real
in this inside-out and upside-down world—where is the key
to unlock it?
Somewhere, a butterfly flutters, and the world shudders;
Somewhere a rabbit hops, escaping a predator, or setting off a bomb.
Crow caws, and I open my eyes,
there is light, crystalline bright—
just over there. See?
-Merril D Smith
Why the questions ?
I have my reasons
You have everything you need.
You will not miss me.
I will leave no gap.
I am not going anywhere.
Withdrawal will not affect.
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forms in nature
in reciprocity to
meet the world halfway
The Kick-About challenge this week uses Ernst Haeckel’s “Art Forms in Nature” as inspiration. If you’ve never seen these images, take a look here. Below is the sample provided with the challenge, but I decided to use different images as inspiration for my composite creatures.
I looked in my collage box/reference book collection for nature images that I could combine to create new forms based on Haeckel’s paintings.
This is a project that could go on and on…
Posting these two together: I can never leave well enough alone. Started to mark it up and apparently couldn’t stop. My husband said it looked like a psychedelic Parcheesi board. (In case you’re too young to remember Parcheesi, “Jump it’s fun, jump it’s easy, jump it’s fun to play Parcheesi”. Simpler times.
I really love the black paper that Kerfe gave me. I need to find out where she got it.
It’s a gray and chilly day here but I feel healthy (and partly vaccinated against COVID-19) which makes me feel hopeful. Have a good week, everyone!