Something new for Freeday instead of Five-Minute-Free-writing this week…
Kel Rolf has been running a whole crazy month of inspiration at Soul Pantry (“29 Days of Seeing New“). One of her dares has been to grab a few pictures from junk mail, magazines, catalogs, what have you; paste them down in an art journal or otherwise on paper, then paint here and there as led, and add words.
Montage or collage I haven’t done much of, so this is kind of a first for me. But it’s pretty amazing what “just-for-fun” can sometimes result in. My first husband, long deceased, was a graphic artist who did other art creations on the side (award plaques, etc), and often said that “fooling around can create good ideas.”
So I took up Kel’s dare, and incorporated another challenge: Instead of just adding my own words, I did the experiment she gave women in one of her local workshops. It was called “Poetry in Prose,” I think. For it, the women were given printouts of prose passages in which to circle words that “grabbed them,” then darken over the other words. What resulted was surprising poetry, often custom-fitted to the heart of the woman doing the experiment.
I think the prose they used was already world-class stuff. But I just used paragraphs from out of home/garden magazines.
Yet here’s what emerged. (I typed out the “poetry” beneath the collages, because I couldn’t get a clear enough picture for anyone to read right from it, trying to stay steady while hovering above my raised work table. Phew! I could use a tripod!):
Sway in a gentle breeze
Bow to the will of a stiff wind.
In “real dirt,”
Yield an Eden.
A gardener takes a clay pot–
Molded sticky red earth,
Dusty, bone-dry new…
Ticket to adventure.
These undoubtedly custom-fit my heart, especially this time of year, when the cold and being stuck inside on ice and slush days rev up my eagerness to get out and garden as soon as it warms (please hurry up!) The first collage shows the parallel universes of gardening and art, and the second clearly reveals my fingers’ pre-spring itch.
Stuck inside too much and getting bored yourself? Try this at home. You don’t need paint, either. I used markers instead.
Have some fun reflecting the Creator’s image!