Friday, June 13, 2014

My Little Sketch - Writing About Art

Little Sketch
by Amy LV

Students - I do not draw often, but when I do...I am always happy that I did. Drawing, like writing, stills time, saves a moment.  When you go back to something you have drawn or written, you once again live that time, once again see that kitten, once again feel the boom of thunder inside of your heart. Many people say that writing allows a person to "live twice" and the same is true of making art.

Today's verse is simply a small poem about a thought that came into my mind when I looked at the sketch I drew last month on the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.  Try sketching a leaf or a flower as you study it, really observing it from this angle and that.  Then, a week or more later, look at your drawing and write about what you see.  This way, you will live three times: once in the seeing, once in the drawing, once in the writing!

Making things helps us know who we are.  I wish you a summer of making many things: forts, paintings, jam, jokes, and new good friends.

Catherine is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup (she and Carol switched) over at Catherine Johnson.  Visit her cozy nook to catch up with this week's Poetry Friday offerings 'round the Kidlitosphere.

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Beautiful combination of poetry and art, Amy! Well done.

  2. Yay for making things!

    I understand what you mean when you say, "I do not draw often, but when I do...I am always happy that I did." -- me too, about a number of things!

    Hope your summer is fruitful in more ways than one! :-)

  3. I studied art & writing in college (along with my broadcast classes), so writing about art and art that mirrors writing is something I definitely connect with. Love this!

  4. I think "a summer of making things" is a great wish for anyone, young or old.

  5. Last year I wrote poems to my father's pointinlism drawings for Christmas cards. We made a lovely little book of them called "Illuminate." I should send you a copy, Amy. Writing and art often walk together and compliment each other as your drawing and poem do here.

  6. Thank you for reminding me to get back to sketching!

  7. Art and writing can give and you give life to both in this cute ensemble. I look forward to seeing more of your art, Amy. Do you put it on Pinterest?

  8. How rich our poetry becomes when we can start to combine media. Love this!

    Violet N.

  9. Love how clean and clear and direct this poem is, Amy. It's not easy to make a small poem arrive at a large thought - yo make it feel natural and effortless. And it rhymes! So nice.

  10. Amy,
    I enjoyed the sketch of thewee woodland flowers and your poem. I visited beautiful gardens yesterday--Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.

  11. Stopping time through words - and making flowers bloom forever by pinning them down in a page sound so delightful. When I grow up, I want to be a poet. :)


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