Art Forms: Writing, Photography, Drawing & Painting; includes Poetry for American National Poetry Month
April is American National Poetry Month
American National Poetry Month
In Britain we have a poetry day in October but the poetry of jhamann (Jamie) http://jhamann.hubpages.com has inspired me to write something for America’s National Poetry Month which is April. In fact, as I write, we’re over half way through April already so I’m a bit late.
Other Poets on Hubpages
Jamie is one of the great poets on hubpages, writing on so many subjects and entertaining us each time.
Other poets are
John Hansen (Jodah) - http://jodah.hubpages.com
Audrey Howitt - http://audreyhowitt.hubpages.com
Romeos Quill - http://romeosquill.hubpages.com
Old Albion - http://oldalbion.hubpages.com
whonunuwho - http://whonunuwho.hubpages.com
and Manatita - http://manatita44.hubpages.com,
to name but a few. If you don’t know them already, drop in to visit them and you won’t be disappointed.
Subjects of Poetry
The Pros of Poetry
Poetry enhances words in such a way as to highlight emotions, in that it has rhythm and flow. The sounds of rhyme can focus our attention on key words and grab our thoughts, our hearts, even our souls.
Poetry can rhyme or it can be free style; it can be in traditional form or not. Its beauty is its discipline of making words fit a particular form, even in free-form. If you want to stick to something really traditional, then take a look at Jodah’s (see link above) sonnets - brilliant!
We can talk of ‘hosts of golden daffodils’ (Wordsworth), we can highlight the horrors of war (Sassoon) or we can be contemporary, in our own varied styles.
I’ve chosen a subject close to my heart for my contributions to poetry month; Art. The term ‘Art’ is an umbrella covering all kinds of creativity. I tend to focus on the arts of writing, drawing or painting and also photography.
Passion, Therapy, Enthusiasm
Writing is my passion; there are few hours that go by without my muse sneaking gently into my brain or smashing through like a brick.
Drawing and painting are my therapeutic activities; I am lost in the movement of pen, pencil, pastel or brush. I don’t care if it takes seconds, minutes or hours. My favourites are pencil and pastel. I like to take a sketch book with me on holiday.
Photography is an enthusiasm I’ve inherited from my father. He is with me every time I pick up my camera and he constructs the photos with me. I never mastered the art of developing my own film but with digital technology these days it’s much easier to come up with a great photo.
My Contributions to Poetry Month
The following poems are an attempt to portray certain aspects of all three. I’m hoping the first will produce some comments regarding fine art versus writing; we’ll see.
Image or Words
Pictures & Words
They say that every picture tells a story,
a picture paints a thousand words.
True, but take a thousand words,
paint thoughts of your own, draw a thousand emotions.
A picture, yes, has its own tale of life,
stunning, beautiful, happy, sad.
Choose your words to mold that ‘sad’,
sculpt your character, weave your solutions.
A thousand words to carve an awesome image,
framed in gold or deepest, darkest wood,
will take you through your darkest wood
but it is yours alone, uniquely holding thousands of emotions.
Galleries of Art
starts to talk.
ideas from brush to brain.
starts to prize
your life to show the pain.
starts to bend
to give you roads to start again.
In the Click of an Eye
Click, flash, a moment of the universe.
Clip, merge, create your image fine.
Pause, wait, pounce upon your subject.
Quick, press, make sure you catch the line.
Composition, intuition, perfect balance, depth and form,
colours blend, superb reflection, eyes are sparkling, scratch the norm.
Click, flash, perspective, grace or fall.
Clip, merge, but never let it pass.
Pause that cherished moment ne’er repeated,
Quick, suspend in time’s astute eyeglass.
Superstition, imagination, loving look, a bird above ,
it’s all there behind your lense, for you to watch for, take and love.
Colours & MediaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Palette of Colours
Fine Art is such a personal subject. We all have our favourite style, our favourite artist, be it traditional or modern. My personal love is for the Impressionists, especially Monet. I also love Cezanne and I’m intrigued by the simplicity of Lowry and the intricacies of Escher. If you don't know much about the last two, pop the names into your search engine.
My own attempts at art are purely to stretch myself. I like to see what I can do, be it landscape, tree or face. It's fun to record the faces of my children and grandchildren though I don't do that often enough; difficult to keep an infant or toddler still for long but a quick sketch is possible. In fact, the odd thing is that if one has to make a quick sketch sometimes the end product is better, more accurate. Maybe the concentration is focused that much more when time is the driver; nor can we look too closely at detail.
Watercolours provide wonderfully delicate colours. Pastels provide depth and warmth, fuzzy at the edges for mood or softness. Pen and ink produce startling silhouettes and hard detail. Oils and acrylics can give a gamut of rich, subtle hues or stark colours which almost hurt the eye.
Behind the Lens
A good photographer needs many skills. She needs to have an eye for composition, for an interesting subject and for perspective. He needs to see the beauty in anything seemingly dull, or the dark side of something outwardly beautiful.
If there is time, he may be able to take a few shots of his subject; however, much of the time she has only a split second to seize the image and make it her own.
Then there is the editing. Cropping is something I do often, just to make sure the image is central and that I can trim down the surrounding frame. There are many who spend much time on developing, air-brushing, enhancing or changing the photo in some way. This can add mood, colour or aging to a photo and produce a wonderful effect. I try to keep as true to my original image as possible.
Back to Words
Despite all that, I admit I’m drawn to words most of all. They fascinate me, own me, challenge me to weave them into different shapes to create an image in someone else’s imagination. They are exciting and endlessly manipulative. What I’m trying to say is that if I had to choose one of my ‘arts’, it would be writing. That’s why I’m here!
Copyright annart/AFC 04/2015 (no text or photos to be reproduced without permission)