Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mary -> Andrea

So, I sent Mary's mole to Andrea today... (a bit belatedly)...
Here are the last couple of pages I did in it.

The first spread started as a sketch from life from part of the Seattle Arboretum, and then I got all emo one day and turned it into something else with lots of red pencil and a poem I like.

blackwater woods

And then, I found out that I maybe broke my ankle, so I wrote my own poem... (I found out today after an x-ray I didn't really break it... SWEET)

ligament limerick

And well... it's cocktail hour over here and I'm in need another, so ta ta... Um... awesome work, everyone!

(Mary, I have Michelle's mole... thanks for the early mailing! I'll get started posthaste)


ian russell said...

what have you been doing to your ankle?! is emo good? I have an enquiring mind today. great work - and poetry, now that's something I never thought to try.

Jess said...

Dude, I don't know what I've been doing to my ankle... I mean, I fell off a ledge in my garden, but I was too clumsy to catch myself. That was the second time in a week I've fallen while gardening. The flowers just make me so HAPPY I want to DAAAaaance... *trip*

I don't know if emo is good... I guess that depends on your point of view. ;)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! Those are very cool! I love the idea of adding poetry--I am actually a poet and not an artist, LOL! I have an MFA in creative writing in poetry (and nothing in art! :-( )

I was outside today in the backyard and just thinking about combining poetry and art. Something I've never done. Weird!

These are cool and very appropriate and evocative and thought provoking! THANKS! :-D

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Glad the ankle wasn't broken, though a sprained ankle can be pretty bad too--I sprained an ankle in a skiing accident once--really bad--and it took years to heal--so I hope yours is quicker!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

YAY! I am admiring this again! :-D

Jess said...

Wow... I can't believe you have an MFA in poetry and I just happened to put poetry and a drawing together for the first time, in your mole.

I wish I knew more about poetry. Is there any sort of ... poetry primer or commentary or ... something you could recommend to me? Or maybe one of your favorite poets? The last time I took a writing class was in 1997. (That would be high school.) :D

Andrea said...

Hey ladies, I got Mary's mole yesterday! Lovely work!

Last night I started my self prortrait. I have only done cartoon self prtraits before. The one I am doing in Mary's mole is a collage. I hope you like it Mary, it was a first for me.


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

There's a poetry for dummies book and a complete idiot one, too.

Garrison Keilor has Good Poetry. And you can subscibe to his poem a day. And there are zillion (literally, lol! ?) of poetry blogs and groups on the internet. I have a poetry blog. But I do art on-line more, don't ask me why.

I taught poetry for years.

Here are some recommendations:

*read poetry. Read what you like. What appeals to you. Also read "good poetry," challenging work.
*revise it until it "sings"

I love Mary Oliver. Gerald Stern. Stanley Kunitz. Gary Snyder. And many many others.

Andrea, I am really looking forward to seeing your self-portrait.! YAY!

I'm glad you did one for me. :-D

Love Poem with Toast

by Miller Williams

Some of what we do, we do
to make things happen,
the alarm to wake us up, the coffee to perc,
the car to start.

The rest of what we do, we do
trying to keep something from doing something
the skin from aging, the hoe from rusting,
the truth from getting out.

With yes and no like the poles of a battery
powering our passage through the days,
we move, as we call it, forward,
wanting to be wanted,
wanting not to lose the rain forest,
wanting the water to boil,
wanting not to have cancer,
wanting to be home by dark,
wanting not to run out of gas,

as each of us wants the other
watching at the end,
as both want not to leave the other alone,
as wanting to love beyond this meat and bone,
we gaze across breakfast and pretend.

"Love Poem with Toast" by Miller Williams,

steve said...

Excellent work--it's so cool seeing this writing and observational drawing. this is something I'm getting back into a bit as well. very nice jess, and best of luck with your ankle healing.