Monday, June 4, 2012

Spark 16: Opposites & Singing

Opposites Attract
Inspiration Piece by Bonnie Lebesch

For the past two weeks, many writers and artists and musicians have been musing and planning and creating for Spark 16. I was one of these people, matched up with artist Bonnie Lebesch to exchange "inspiration pieces" and respond in our respective arts. Bonnie sent me "Opposites Attract" (above) as an inspiration piece, and I had 10 days to write something from it. I wrote the poem below.

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I was intrigued and inspired by "Opposites Attract," and I fell in love with the colors and all of that roundness.  Both the circles and the title made me think about people and how sometimes we roll through life missing the beauty of others, others who are different from us.  By opening up, seeing, and realizing that we are all a bit of each other, we can love the world more easily.  I slipped into a meditative place when I wrote "Circles."

I chose to send the following to Bonnie as an inspiration piece, a poem from last September. Below you can read the poem and see the enchanting painting that Bonnie Lebesch made in response.  I love these pairings and am so grateful for the community that Amy Souza provides with Spark.  If you would like to see more of Bonnie's work, visit her website.  And to see more of the Spark pairings, visit the SPARK website.

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I Heard A Lady Singing
by Bonnie Lebesch - Response

Students - I highly recommend this exercise. You might get together with a friend, or your class might match yourselves with another class. Make art or writings and then trade. Give yourself a certain amount of time and then share your responses.

I have participated in Spark Spark 10 here and here, in Spark 11 here, in Spark 14 here, Spark 15 here and here. It is always a thrill and a surprise!

If you did not stop by last Friday, please don't miss the poetry peek with first grade teacher Susan Kellner, her poet student Chloe, and Chloe's mom. Wonderful words and work.

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  1. What a fabulous event! I write to art all the time, so I just signed up for the next round. "Circles" is lovely (and so is the art!), but I really like "I Heard a Lady Singing" - one of those moments that stick with you.

  2. What beautiful paintings and poems!

  3. I have enjoyed every one of these you've shared, Amy, & this one is no exception. What a beautiful poem your Circles is, and Bonnie's art as well, then the other pairing, amazing. I wish I was in the classroom, but will certainly share with other teachers as an amazing opportunity for their students. thanks!

  4. I love this as an idea for collaboration. The artwork is beautiful and your words are so well paired to them. You create a place in these poem that makes the art come alive.

  5. Wow,, wow, wow! Stunning pairings, both of them. You've knocked the words right out of me!