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Call and Response: July Landscape

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july landscape magnetic

When Nina posted her July landscape, below, she talked about possibly meeting with the Magnetic Poetry Oracle.  I loved her painting so much I did a collage response, and met with the Oracle myself for some poetic commentary, using Colleen’s poetry prompts for this week as well.

wild sanctuary
growing quiet beneath cloud
breezes blossoming

ancient path walks with windsong
wandering through rooted air

We have done a number of these collaborations in the past, but not recently.  I love especially Nina’s landscapes, which always give me a lot of fertile ground for collage.

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It’s Saturday!  The Oracle is ready and waiting.


Call and Response: Pairs and Surprises


the pebbles
rolling all over the place
always in pairs

come explore
the unexpected
“There is no rush”
really just the beginning

Claudia McGill is calling:  time for another response.  This time I painted the junk mail, and then collaged.


You can see other calls and responses here.


Call and Response: Walking and Talking

fast faster

eyes are
open taste is
strange odors mingle with
fresh laundering ears tender with

It’s been awhile since I’ve answered the call of the wonderful Claudia McGill with my own junk mail response.

Is anybody listening?

The poem uses the secret keeper’s words this week:

In the words of John Lennon


Call and Response: Refilling the Moon

call and response full moon text

Writer’s Quote Wednesday asked us to think about rebirth.  And what more appropriate symbol than the moon?

the full moon called
with his
large, muscular lips,
“see everything
become nothing”

Once again, I’ve been inspired by Claudia McGill to respond to her artwork and words.  (You may note, Claudia, that my junk mail piece was monoprinted before it was collaged.  I plan to explore this method further.)

You can see all the call and response collaborations with Claudia here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 6

disappeared stars comp

people disappeared
guided by the stars   shadowed
from the inside out

A collaborative found poem courtesy of Claudia McGill, above left.  My response on the right completes her thought.

You can see all of the call and response pieces here.

poetry month

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 5

casual unpredictable

“Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing.”
–Sigmund Freud

invites words conjures magic

Image on the left courtesy of Claudia McGill.  You can see all of the Call and Response group here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 4

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Yes I know…wings again.  You may not see them, but they are waiting for you.

Collaboration #4 with the advice of the wonderful Claudia McGill.

You can see them all here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 3

imagination wings

Birds on the Brain.

Another response to one of Claudia McGill’s comments on life.

You can see the rest of the series here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 2

call and response 2 comp

Another comment on life inspired by Claudia McGill

I’ve been reading “Imaginary Animals” by Boria Sax, which is a goldmine of ideas, especially for my junk mail art.  The above creature on the right is based on the Iroquois monster Flying Head:  a giant head with wings instead of ears, long tangled hair, sharp teeth, and one set of reptilian arms or legs.  A little digging around online reveals a bunch of tribal stories about this man-eating beast.

In one, the Flying Head drove an ancient tribe away from its hunting grounds in the Adirondacks and the land was always afterwards considered cursed.  Three hotels have been built on that location; all have mysteriously burned down.

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A common element in many tales involves a woman eating acorns roasted in a fire which is supposed to have finally driven the monster away, as it was scared of a human who could seemingly eat hot coals.  This drawing is the Bureau of Indian Affairs ethnographic sketch that sparked my interest.  Rather Edward Gorey-like, no?

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response

call and response 1

Any regular reader of our blog knows that Nina and I are constantly inspired by Claudia McGill.  I’ve been threatening to reply to her talking postcards for awhile, and finally I’ve fashioned my first response.

Her art always has something to say, so I’m sure there will be more.