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to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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1 December 2015

Drawing Lesson: Orange

using charcoal
I make a tree of dreams
black white and grey
then I add orange chalk
to bring my dreams alive
song-birds in the branches

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feel your way she said
desire is born of orange
today we create
an emotional landscape
let it be messy and fun

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I pressed hard
for black and colour
then I smudged
the finger-soft grey
and left some stark white
the orange sang loud


At dVerse just now we are looking at Japanese forms which can be seen as non-identical twins: the tanka and the bussoku-sekika (which has an extra line). Mine are two bussoku-sekika, each in a pattern of short and long lines, sandwiching a tanka with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. 

These are variations on a theme: my drawing attempts today based on my friend, artist and art teacher Sharyn Willliams's blog. Have a look; she has very interesting things to say and show.  

(Tanka and bussoku-sekika are usually untitled, but this blog post seemed to need an overall descriptive label.)

Linking this post to Poets United's Midweek Motif: Energy, Vitality

23 comments:

  1. I like where these tanka took me. Reminded me of something I used to love doing.

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    1. I have just started loving it again, after a very long gap.

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  2. The way to use the colors here.. in so many ways.. I could see both the birds and maybe also a warm fireplace in the dread of darkness...You showed both forms very well.

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  3. revealing the inner nature of emotions we discover anew
    in the math of poetry
    575 reaches to become
    3.14......

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  4. I love the orange singing loud midst the black and grey. Love that you are expressing yourself through art like "songbirds in the branches".

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  5. "A tree of dreams" needs to come to life, not flounder in the dark. How wonderful then to apply orange in title and in poem as a means, as a song. Love it!

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  6. This is absolutely stunning! :D

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  7. Really like your use of color, Rosemary. You have really made each piece come alive with just a bit of orange! Orange is definitely a unique color, vivid and freeing (I think)!

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  8. the orange sang loud, colorful piece.

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  9. I like all of these and short-long is perfect. But I like the human landscape being messy and fun. Indeed! Anyone who ever jumped into mud puddles would know it is both messy and fun and I still love to do that. All of these are wonderful - the orange makes them warm and come alive. I kept smelling orange peel while reading these.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you like them! And I love that you smelled orange-peel. (Smile.)

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  10. Sketching is much like writing as both paints pictures from our minds. I had a look at Sharyn Williams site and her work with children shows how much we can learn from them...wish it was the other way round too and not the bad stuff.

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  11. love this passion and enthusiasm for creation in a new way...very inspirational to me..

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  12. Splash or hint of orange is always the center of attraction in anything. This is a strong statement, Rosemary. The first one I could think of is autumn.

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  13. Charcoal often feels very limiting - and yet if you have orange in your soul - it will surely shine as it does here

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  14. Lovely poem. I like Sharyn's manifesto on her blog.

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  15. I have recently been loving orange. It is a lively, happy color. Great poem, Rosemary.

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  16. The light is always there, isn't it? Behind all shades, we just have to mix things up a bit, to search and to want... until it shines.

    Love this! ♥

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  17. I love the use of colors Rosemary ~ This is my favorite line: desire is born of orange -

    Grace

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    1. Ah, that wasn't my line, though I love it too. I should have said, the middle piece is practically a found poem from Sharyn's instructions.

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  18. Colour is what fills your life, the spaces between black and white! Absolutely loved this.
    Very interesting form of poem too, will check Sharyn's blog. Thanks!

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  19. I have started painting again after some time and I loved this poem, Rosemary.

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