Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 4 - A Bowl is a Handful

Welcome to Day 4 of Drawing Into Poems, my daily drawing/seeing/writing study into poetry.  You can read more about this month-long project here on my April 1 post.  Feel free to read the books with me and pull out your own sketchbook and jewelry box full of metaphor too...

Day Four - Small Bowl

Click the drawing to enlarge it.

Students - Yesterday morning, Matt Forest Esenwine left me a comment that read, in part, "One thing I'll always remember about pencil drawing from my many art classes in college: draw the light, draw the shadows...the picture will create itself."  And all day long, after reading his words, I saw lights and shadows, light and darkness.  This made me think about poems: happiness and sorrow, humor and seriousness, outside and inside.  Art and writing and life - all about balancing, all about how and where differences meet and touch and blend and contrast.

We are visiting family this week, and so it is neat to have new objects to draw.  I choose whatever strikes my fancy!  This is just what happens with writing too; an idea comes and goes, another does, and suddenly one sticks.  My mind and heart agree, "This is it!" and the decision is made.

Tomorrow I may sketch outside.  And tomorrow I will choose one of this week's sketches to grow a poem from: pineapple, spices, teapot, bowl.  I wonder which it will be.  Will you make a poem from a sketch for Poetry Friday?

There are two places where you can win a copy of my new book, FOREST HAS A SONG, right now.  One giveaway is at The Children's Book Review, and the other giveaway is at Kid Lit Frenzy.  I thank both of these blogs and Sarah and Barbara at Blue Slip Media for making these possible!

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