if i sit and watch
eyes drawn to the shapes of earth
greening, starting over
pondering the tiniest bud
if i just sit and wait
will i catch that smallest unfurling
get to keep it
as an ornament for my indoor life
where mind keeps tracking muddy footprints
on the floor of my inner house
All I want to write about these days of spring intoxication is what’s happening in the garden. This is the season when I most envy the birds, oh and the bees and the butterflies and definitely the cats. . .
But after I’d written this piece, identifying with the persona of this portrait, I realized that I’d missed an important point. I left the hair white. Aha! Funny thing, I’d just had this conversation with my husband about when I thought I’d be ready for the conversion from my youthful reddish brown hair color (courtesy now of L’Oreal) to the silvery color which lurks below. He’s already a distinquished silver haired gentleman. But I think I’ll wait a few more years. . .
The process we followed in class was this:
1. Pose in front of the Photo Booth camera on your Mac computer and use the comic strip filter. Ham it up a bit if possible (this pose is not particularly ham-y though). Size it to fit your paper and print it out. Alternately use a picture from another source, copied onto plain paper.
2. Glue it onto your painting surface or trace and transfer if you have time. Collage and paint using the print as a kind of loose guideline.
Not everyone finished, but here’s a couple students examples which inspired me with ideas for next time.
by Muse Barbara (Isn’t she maaaarvelous!)