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Self Portrait #20b (after Klee)

sp 20b klee collage s

Lune shining through me
like a galaxy
that flies

Wings I can not see
vibrate suddenly
surprise

Caught invisibly
beyond memory
tides rise

This self-portrait uses the same Klee painting for a reference as my last one, but I have done it in collage, as I said I hope to do.  I’ve taken more liberties this time as well.  The round face reminded me of the moon, and that was my inspiration for my choice of collage papers.

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The poem uses the lai form, which I saw on dVerse in early June, but did not have time to attempt then.

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It’s a New Moon today…start something!

You can see all the self portraits so far here.

dusting and dancing

fairy dust s

Are fairies dusting
the air?  Lights glimmer, dancing
magic in reply.

Colleen is celebrating International Fairy Day (Saturday) with her word prompt this week.  Time to dance!

Threaded

twilight 1s

On its way
from crimson to blue,
violet bleeds
dusk–verses
threaded through the deep silence
of retreating skies.

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, below, was the inspiration for my embroidered watercolor and poem.

The land and air have morphed into water I think….

windows

windows wht s

 

windows magnetic

windows window s

how far the wind sails
ghosts skying home
remembering a father
I hear voices
dancing
like
windows through time

Thinking of my father on Father’s Day.

Collage inspired by a Paul Klee drawing.

Conjuring

conjuring comp 2

Can today assume tomorrow? Time travels without a map, like branches reaching toward the sun.

staring into light
eyes enter mind, as presence
always becoming

Seeking the hour of forever, the question lingers: is it too late or too early?

with smoke and mirrors
the gaps confuse prediction–
nothing is revealed

top light s

This may or may not be a haibun, but it was composed for Colleen’s poetry challenge this week, once again incorporating prompt words from the Secret Keeper.  I was also inspired by the wonderful tree and light artistry of Sue Vincent and Claudia McGill.

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Sky Dancing

calligraphy crows s

like calligraphy
skywriting black against blue
clouds and trees dancing

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, gave me a chance to try an idea I’ve been thinking about for awhile.  A few years ago I did a cross-stitch poem on paper, and I was intrigued by the pattern that appeared on the back.  This seemed the perfect opportunity to see what would happen if I tried it over some watercolor collaged together.

calligraphy crows close up s

I think I may have overdone it with the stitching, but I can always pull some out; the holes in the paper will make a subtle and interesting pattern too.  I’ll look at it for awhile and think about it.

calligraphy cross stitch s

Here’s the poem side, with part of the haiku and some patterns (I wanted to try those out as well).

 

Matisse’s Chair

matisse shell chair s

The Boston Museum of Art has an exhibit of the works of Matisse along with many of the objects he used in his drawings and paintings.  He found this chair in an antique store and had to have it.  What a find…the arms are eels!

matisse early collage s

I went to Boston this weekend to visit my daughter and see the show.  You can never get too much Matisse in my opinion (having this year also been to see him in Baltimore and Montclair).  And there are always works I haven’t seen before, like one of his first collages, above.  I like how he drew/painted the objects and then cut them out and arranged them.

cut out textile screen s

There were some beautiful textiles, like this North African cut screen.

matisse porrait s

And of course he drew from his textile collection to drape the models for his portraits.

matisse still life s

I love the vibrant colors in the still life above.

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And I had never seen this paper cut out before.

burial urn s

The museum is good for wandering.  Suddenly you’re in a room with this burial urn from Mesoamerica.  That’s a bat on top.

botticelli baby jesus s

Botticelli…luminous.

john wilson mlk s

John Wilson’s Martin Luther King Jr. prints were a highlight.

eldzier cortor print s

Eldzier Cortor, another African American artist in the museum’s collection, shaped many of his print plates.  This one is full of visions.

terry winters print group s

There was a small show of the prints of Terry Winters, another favorite of mine.  I always want to recreate his organic visions in stitch.

And we didn’t even get to the Monets!  Next visit…

 

happysad

happysad s

happy_sad magnetic

luck opens happy
dancing and believing all
sounds are hearts laughing

sad remembers promises
the voice between dream and light

The Oracle is cryptic on this subject.

For Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.

 

Green-Headed Tanager

green headed tanager s

The ancient forest
above, fragmented into
isolated gaps

Cursed by poverty of vision–
wings clipped into parts, denied

I chose to paint this bird because of its colors.  The most common tanager in Brazil, it also lives in the humid forest canopy in Paraguay and Argentina.  Although not yet endangered, its population has been decreasing.  What hit me most is the fact that only 8% of its original habitat remains, and the populations are fragmented as a result.  That will surely result in a continued population decline.

The words for my tanka were supplied by the Secret Keeper’s weekly prompt.

Happy Draw a Bird Day!

Black Hole Sun (for Chris Cornell)

black hole sun s

All is black,
disguising the hole
in the sun.
The light won’t
swallow the scream inside you.
Songs still.  Won’t you come

around and
penetrate, cleanse, wash
time away?

Prayer eclipsed by Hell, the
wind stealing you gone.  The rain.

The storm. Whole.  Black.

black hole sun s

Another voice lost far too early, this time to suicide. 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of over 40,000 Americans every year, 50% of these with guns.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

http://www.chriscornell.com/

If You Know Someone in Crisis Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)  at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.

http://www.crisistextline.org/

poem for dVerse Quadrille #34 storm