January 2020

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My January grid turned out to be a circle.  The words were taken from a NY Times section that summarized the 2019 year’s top stories.  I tried to take all the negativity and give it a more positive spin.

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 The birds may have been climate-changed out of their respective states, but they are still here.

memories conjured
in opposite images
balance transition

anything can be portaled
where borders cross into birds

Blogger Recognition Award

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Sue Vincent recently honored me with a recognition award on her blog, and I wanted to acknowledge and thank her both for the mention and the support and inspiration she provides to me and the all those in her community.  I don’t remember how I first connected to her blog, but her weekly photo prompts have become an important part of my creative process.

How did my blog start?  My friend Nina and I, who worked together for a textile company in the 1970s, were trying to encourage each other to get back to making art.  Emailing back and forth wasn’t working too well, so we decided to start a blog to post what we were doing and comment to each other.  That was in 2014.  When Nina told me we had acquired followers I was surprised, and we both started looking around at what others were doing on WordPress.  It seems like connections rose organically–I don’t remember exactly how I “met” most of the people I interact with regularly now, although I do remember early on that Marcy Erb, who blogged on Illustrated Poetry, asked me to illustrate a poem for her, which certainly started me thinking about combining words and images.

This year Nina decided to take an extended break from MethodTwoMadness, and not wanting to do our joint venture by myself, I started kblog as a place to post until she gets back, keeping MeMadTwo going with the monthly draw-a-bird day.

I would definitely not be doing the work I’m doing now without the interactions I have with both artists and writers on WordPress.

My advice to new bloggers is the same as has been given by many others:  build relationships, comment and reply to comments, and visit other blogs.  Be open to things outside your comfort zone–I would have never predicted I would be not only both writing and doing art, but combining them in ways that weren’t even in my consciousness 5 years ago.  Prompts are a good way both to spur creativity and see how different people approach the same subject.  I’ve learned a lot from doing them.

The art at the top of this post was done for a call for calendar art (from an old calendar, not this year’s).  It was rejected (expect that with great frequency if you send your work out for exhibit or publication), which gives me the opportunity to use it for this December as we move from dark days to ones with more light.  I’m taking a blog break for the rest of the year, but I’ll be back in 2020.  And hopefully Nina will too.

Happy New Year to all, and thanks Sue!

Poem up at The Ekphrastic Review

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My poem “personifications” is posted along with the others selected for the challenge artwork “Salome” by Henri Regnault on The Ekphrastic Review today.

Regnault’s piece is well known but not typical of artists’ interpretations of the Biblical story (which has been altered in our consciousness by time and retelling also).  Most painters choose to show either the dance, perhaps accompanied by a disembodied head, or a close up of a woman with a head on a platter.  Here we have a woman, sitting, with a platter and a sword but no head.  Is it supposed to be empowerment?

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My collage, too, follows neither common narrative.  I knew I had a dark female figure in the collage box that I wanted to use, and in the search for her I pulled out other elements that seemed to fit with her and my poem.

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I always thought the story of Salome was just another example of humans refusing to take responsibility for their own actions and desires.  None of the behavior, certainly, merits imitation.  Blind obedience is just as bad as passing the buck (see: current world “leaders” and their followers…)

Once again, thanks to Review editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my poem and supporting the call and response of poetry and art.  You can read all the poetry and see the original artwork here.

I also really like Redon’s Salome, below.

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midwinter

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this persistent grey
magnifies the compressed dark–
dawn heavy with dusk

squirrels search for buried treasure–
seeds in wait for light’s return

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For Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #117.  I was going to do a completely different collage, but once I pulled out the handmade paper, I decided that stitching some together was what was needed.  I haven’t done any stitching for awhile, and it was good to get back to it.

The squirrels have been very busy lately.

 

answers to questions

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Jude, at Tales Told Different, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award and asked all his nominees to answer 11 questions.  I thought to do a collage, but then I decided I needed to add a few words…well, the Collage Box Oracle will have her way.  Still, she managed to incorporate most of the questions into her answers.

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Here is my list of answers:
horror
1/3 meat
walking
singer
West Side Story
wine
Scotland
blend in
wet
sunrise
cat

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You can read the questions here.  And do look at Jude’s writing while you’re there!

somewhere dawn is singing–
she rises walking aquatic
through lochs and isles
inside the sounds of words

become a friend to fear

eat light

drink the dazzling day