Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Visual Writing


collage, pressed flowers, book spine, book pages, old map, 10"x10"

I have been reading the book, WILD COMFORT: The Solace of Nature, by Kathleen Dean Moore. The book is filled with descriptive passages that are lyrical, poetic and beautiful- breathtaking. The words conjure up visual and sensual imagery in my mind. There is also a profound meditation on the healing power of nature, and how nature impacts writings such as poetry as well as visual artists, no matter what their medium is. Here is a sample:
"At first, the morning is flat as a sketch--sleeping bag laid out on a stone slab, narrow creek flowing from right to left, hillside filling most of the page. What texture there is seems to be drawn in lead pencil. Sound is flat and monochrome, too, the creek seeping steadily, rock to rock. People call it white noise, but today it is pale gray."

Lisa Sarsfield is a collage artist who often has bird nests as her theme.
You can find more of her work at her blog here.

Neva Gagliano is a poet and artist who has a wonderful blog here. Here is one of her poems:
If there's to be anything incessant,
let it be birds' calling
breezes on bare arms
chirping in the ears
and rain sparking
it all to life.

Novie Trump. Nest. You can find more of her ceramic sculptures here.

I was looking for images and writings on and by William Segal, painter and spiritual teacher.
This search led me to the blog of Luke Storms. You can find his thought provoking writings here. This is what I found:
Come to the edge.
We can't, we're afraid.
Come to the edge.
We can't, we'll fall.
Come to the edge.
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew. --Guillaume Apollinaire


I live on a cliff overlooking the Puget Sound in the Pacific NW. This is a view of the beach below me.

Ben Judson, San Antonio Texas, is a freelance writer, web designer and artist. You can find more of his writings and poetry here. Here is one of his wonderful poems:
BACK TO ITS EXPOSED ROOTS
The arc of the visible river is long
but it bends toward moments
in which a song reaches out
with its silent hands
to grasp the darkness to lead it
back to its exposed root
its first whisper
its fading darkness.


Eva Francova. You can find more of her work here.
"We need stones around us to echo the substance of our own lives---hard, heavy, timeless, and subtly hued." Thomas Moore


acrylic, collage 8"x10"

Annie, from the United Kingdom, posts her beautiful prose and poetry at her blog Inkhaven which you can find here. Here is one of her poems:
BLACKBIRD
All these springs
we didn't know
what the tree-lined street
was missing.
Silver thread,
liquid song,
calligraphy on the run
outside the window.

57 comments:

Don said...

You always keep me busy following your lead- to new (to me) and interesting artists.

Penny said...

Thank you.

Valerianna said...

Donna - such a lovely post... GREAT resources for me to pull from as I am prepping for my Exploring the Natural World class that starts Friday. I must get a copy of that book as I need such lovely writing to start class with. And these links will come in very handy.

I've just finished a full day of dusting, re-organizing and prepping in my office. Getting ready for the school year. Feels good, I'm on a roll. It was a pleasure to come here after all that work and see and be inspired by all this!

And I LOVE that collage of yours, beautiful. :)

Annie said...

Hi Donna. Wow!! What a gorgeous post with lots of links to explore. Think I'll have to check out Kathleen's book. Thank you for including one of my poems in such good company.

La Dolce Vita said...

what a beautiful post Donna, and your work is exquisite. what a nice thing to find two of my favorite artists featured here as well. you have such a generous spirit! mille grazie for such beauty!!

annell said...

As always, a beautiful post -- a work of art -- that will take time. I once read, that we should spend as much time looking at a work of art, as it took the artist to create it. I will return....

rivergardenstudio said...

So much beauty here Donna, the poems, nests and driftwood, always stones. Lovely collages too. Reverent and subtle. roxanne

ronnie said...

i love your latest collage - really textural and peaceful..... I must see if I can find out more about the book you quote - it sounds really interesting

thanks for a lovely post - with lovely links

cheers from sams creek
ronnie
http://rhondaayliffe.blogspot.com/

Delwyn said...

Hi Donna

I have just had my first look at your splendid post...then I will come back and read all the links and savour the art. There is such a treasure trove here.
The 'Come to the Edge' verse is of course Guillaume Apollinaire, not Luke Storm's own words.
The ocean below your home looks wild and beautiful, the colours so appealing...

Happy days

Deborah said...

I love your collage! As always, it is wonderful to learn of new artists and their work, and this time you've included one of my favorites.

Jo Reimer said...

Mmmmmm. I do love these two collages of yours. You know, I never used to like poetry, didn't understand it and didn't know how to find good one, so I thank you for these and the links. I'm changing my mind, thanks to you and to Delwyn.

cerulean said...

Beautiful inspiring post.

Poetic Artist said...

Thank you for the post and all the wonderful artist.. Your collage is perfect.
Katelen

Hannah said...

Your post today makes me feel as if I've taken a walk down on the rocky beaches of Puget Sound where cool gray stones and weathered driftwood wait. Such beautiful choices of words and images, especially yours. Thank you for the refreshing stroll.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Wonderful collage Donna! Eva's image is stunning. Pale gray noise - I like that description. Another beautifully done post. Thank you.

Anna Mavromatis said...

I so look forward to each of your postings and this as all the others was worth the wait...
Thank you!

Wen Redmond said...

Your collage sings. Love the poetry too. Smiling toward you.

bridgette said...

nature, nests, birds...a post that speaks to me. your posts are as beautifully composed as your paintings Donna.
definitely going to have to get that book!

Ruth Armitage said...

I love your new header and the new collages. Thanks for the inspiration. It is amazing to me how different our tastes are, yet how we can both draw inspiration from so many of the same things. Soul Mate.
xo

Cynnie said...

I always love your posts...beautiful artwork,,,wonderful script and thanks for the links to inspiring other places on the web:)
I could not stop staring at your beach....ahhhhh

A rambling rose said...

A lovely post Donna - I'm going to look out for that book - and you mention some of my favorite bloggers - thanks

neva gagliano said...

thank you, donna.

like the natural world,
you bring together such pieces that offer pause, time for contemplation, reflection...
like the natural world,
you give us a space to explore and take what we find within.

lyle baxter said...

donna, you made my day! thank you. what treasures to make us smile!

Noela Mills said...

Hi Donna, your 'come to the edge' post has always been super special for me. I was going through a horrendous time about 20 years ago and this poem just about saved my life. Thank you for finding it and reminding me that breaking out of my comfort zone can reap great rewards. xoxoxo

Ian Foster said...

Thank you for the introduction to several artists who are new to me, I will enjoy following them up.

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

I always look forward to your posts and am never disappointed...always rich, full of rich insight, information and new exploration! Thanks so much for the writing, the quotes, the links and for making such beautiful work in collage! It's all inspiring!

dosfishes said...

I love this new collage, the word botanical is such a favorite of mine, I just like the sound it makes in your mouth. I, too, am reading that book. Here writing is magical as are the poets you highlighted in your post.
Try Gretel Ehrlich if you haven't read her, her books about Wyoming have the same magical feel. xox Corrine

Marie said...

Love the neutral tone of your collage, the juxtaposed elements seem marvelously inevitable.
Really enjoyed the poetry of this post. Sometimes poetry is the best verbal response to both the art of nature and the individual works of art.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Your first piece is stunning as the other pieces in this post. I have plenty to do following the (here) spots...always a treasure HERE! Just looking at your beach takes my breath...beautiful!

George said...

Lovely post, Donna. I love the collage and really enjoyed checking out the sites of the artists you mentioned.

Sophie Munns said...

delightful to visit and explore all these offeings....than you Donna...all so ric!
Love the image of the coast where you live...just stunning!

zendotstudio said...

Love the new collage and of course the idea of word pictures. As always some delicious links to follow. Another nature writer I love is Annie Dillard, in fact the first one in your post made me think of her. I love her book "teaching a stone to talk"

Seth said...

Unique and wonderful post. I am familiar with some of the artists that you highlighted here -- Annie, Nancy, Lisa -- and will click over to the others. Your recommendations are always right on (as are your collages!!!).

ArtPropelled said...

Food for the soul. Thanks Donna.

annell said...

I love finding new artists to love! Thank you

mano said...

what a beautiful post! thank you for the informations about the other artist. It's a great pleasure for me to have a look to the other blogs.
Your collages are wonderful!

Kelly Marszycki said...

You have a wonderful sense of sharing in this world of creative energy, a generous spirit. Thank you, Donna!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Thankyou Donna for the honour of seeing my work on your blog along side so much other treasure. You've put together a great post an it's always nice to come here and see more of your art too.

Sharmon Davidson said...

Donna, you've really done it this time- thanks for sharing this gorgeous inspiration in the forms of both images and words. Too much to look at; my eyes are full! Your new collage is rich and sumptuous, and I love the poems you included here!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hi Donna, I love both of the collage pieces you have done in this post but particularly the Blackbird one.
I thought of you recently as I was thinking about the color pallet in my present surroundings. I was looking out of my studio window and contemplating a comment by one of the local artists who said in response to the question 'why don't you paint the local scenes in Bahrain?', "I just don't find the local color here inspiring". As I studied the buildings and palm trees below trying to come up with a distinctive color pallet I thought, "Wow, Donna would do some really wonderful things with these colors!" I will have to see what I can do when I get the pallet defined.
Thanks for the beautiful post and inspiration and great links to explore.

bookbabie said...

Enjoyed your blog today

Mick said...

I'd forgotten how much your collage works inspire me, Donna. This piece is a treat for my eyes.

magpie said...

many wonders, many delights.
many thanks

Dianne said...

Donna, your art and blog are exquisite... It is one of my new favorites... and would be proud to have it on my blog list... You are an amazing artist...

Naquillity said...

you've highlighted some really nice work from so many different places. thanks for sharing them. the book by Kathleen Dean Moore sounds really great. i must check it out sometime. hope all is well.

Gaby Bee said...

I always love your posts, Donna. Thanks for sharing all of this gorgeous art and for introducing me to wonderful new artists!
Your latest collage is amazing.
Love the poetry too!
Enjoyed the visit as usual :-)
Gaby xo

mansuetude said...

enjoy your collage so very much.
came over to see and went on a long journey of links and wonderfully choosen words. As always, Thank you.

mansuetude said...

ps. love your driftwood. I would be hauling that up with the rocks. Laughing at myself.

oneartistjournal said...

Magnificent. So much inspiration through your art, your writings, and the others who are just as brilliant!
XOXOrly

iNdi@ said...

think it's all been said by now
but i still want to tag along...
a good place to be wandering

merci33 said...

I didn't realize how hungry I was for your worldview...even as I sit beside the stream and watch the butterfly and hummingbird...there is a place within that looks forward to coming back to walk the path with you.
Stunning.
Your work and every word and link.

rivergardenstudio said...

I just had to come back again to take another look and read the poems again. I ordered the beautiful Wild Comfort! I never told you, but I while back I recieved my copy of the collage book you are featured in! In my opinion, your work was the most beautiful in the whole book! roxanne

notmassproduced said...

beautiful collages - beautiful blog :o)

Svetlana said...

I also enjoy your blog posts and seeing some other artist's work although your collage work is what fascinates me. And not to forget the view of your studio; I wish I could sit there and dream for days.

Karen Wallace said...

Wonderful post, thank you. Warmly, Karen

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Donna, oh I didn't realise, I am so sorry to hear that your Autumns are dark for you. Ours are the opposite, full of golden light and colour and warmth. I love the warmth of colour most

Your post, as always, is full of beautiful and inspiring things. Thank you for sharing the work of these artists. I also adore your paper collages and I'm now off to take a look at your website :o)

Have a great day
Carolyn x

Leovi said...

Every time I visit I get a joy and more if the comments are so nice, especially if a person says with such good taste in art as you. You need only see her blog to understand, is a marvel. I have visited the blog of Eva Francova and I loved it. Greetings