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Creatures of the Wind

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I have two pieces of art and a poem inspired by the great Nina Simone and her song “Wild is the Wind” on Marianne Szlyk’s  musical blog “The song is…”  You can see them here, along with a fun essay by Bill Cushing on not driving.  Marianne has also included a link to the song, as well as a variety of other musical pleasures.

“The song is..” features a lot of interesting writing, art, and music, so take a look around while you’re there.

It’s Selfie Day! Self Portrait #18

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Teresa reminded me on last month’s selfie day that I’ve been falling behind in my monthly self-portraits.  This is another one based on a Vanessa Bell painting, with commentary by the Magnetic Poetry Oracle.  I did it twice, although I’m not that crazy about either version.  Perhaps I’ve been away from painting for too long.  Or maybe it’s the blue in the eyes.

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dreaming
in elaborate languages
asleep
in moon skin
singing
beneath the shadow
of time

You can see the entire self-portrait series so far here.

Call and Response: Pairs and Surprises

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the pebbles
rolling all over the place
always in pairs

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

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

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You can see other calls and responses here.

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Carrie Fisher

May the force be with you, Princess. 

Self-Portrait #17: block print after Vanessa Bell

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I’ve been wanting to do some printing, and since Vanessa Bell, my current artist reference in “100 Self Portraits”, did woodcuts as illustrations for many of her sister Virginia Woolf’s books, I had the perfect excuse.  I used one of the prints that I embellished with paint and embroidery for “Straw Hat”, but here’s the original print in two versions with the print from Bell that I used as a reference.

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Of course, I can never leave well enough alone.  So I painted, embroidered, and collaged on some of the prints I made.

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I also have another embroidery idea that I haven’t had time to do yet.  It’s on the list.

You can see all of the self-portraits in this series here.

Lost Voices 2

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Places Filled (for Sharon Jones)

It hurts. There’s
something just beyond.
Slow it down.
I’m still here.
Got to be the way it is.
I’m not gonna cry.

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Going home.
I learned the hard way.
Sing and be
endless sky.
You’ve got to believe.  Freedom
come.  Come sing me home.

 Words taken from the legacy of the music of Sharon Jones

Missing 15

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Henry

Five foot two, eyes of
brown, last seen wearing dark green.
Black hat, also gone.

Falling farther off
course, a bottomless journey
that threatens to stay.

Questions posed as clues.
Perhaps a tender heart worn
yearning at the edge.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done one of these portraits.  I’m still getting Silver Alerts in my inbox on a regular basis though.

The poem uses words from the Alert for Henry, as well as the Secret Keeper’s words this week
CLUE – COURSE – TENDER – THREAT – POSE

You can see the entire Missing series here.

Ghosts

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I thought
I sought demons,
discreetly hidden as
ghosts, pressed between remote pages.

instead

I found the cage of memory,
an enclosure beyond
caring, saving,
or time.

The word prompt “ghost” from The Daily Post yesterday, plus this week’s words from the Secret Keeper
THOUGHT | CARE | DISCREET | PRESS | SEEK

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and Sue Vincent’s photo prompt above  (I’m late again with this one; you can see all the responses here)

were my inspirations today.  The painting was actually done awhile ago, from a newspaper photo accompanying an article about refugees from one of the many troubled areas of the world.

 

Selfie (a day late)

I showed this to my husband. He didn’t know who it was but I think he was just being nice. I think it really does sort of look like me. I need a haircut very badly. 

It’s Selfie Day! Self Portrait #16

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Vanessa Bell is best known as Virginia Wolff’s sister, but she was a talented artist and an integral member of the Bloomsbury Group.  Their art was out of fashion for awhile, but has been rehabilitated by the Art World.  It has, as the Tate says, an “unforced simplicity”.

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The presentation for this magnetic poem was inspired by Ken at rivrvlogr, who added a color background to his poem this week.  I used the eyedropper in Photoshop to lift colors from Bell’s portrait, and then scribble a colored ground, selecting and adding the words on top.  It’s a great idea, that could lead many places (add to the list of things to explore…).

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I wanted to do a watercolor portrait for World Watercolor Month, and I think I’ve gotten the feeling of Vanessa Bell’s painting, if not a resemblance to me.  I drew the first one in pencil from the mirror, then painted it.  For the second attempt, above, I worked larger and just painted using the first painting and Bell’s painting as references.  It doesn’t really look like me either.

Teresa is on medical leave from her blog, but she did post a reminder as the host of selfie day.  If you want to participate, see how, here.

And you can see all 16 of my self-portraits so far here.