anonyrrie: Inspire Me Thursday - Series

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Series


Edit 4/17/06 - I finshed this acrylic study a few days ago for the pencil sketch below. Now that I have an idea of composition and colors for two large paintings, I'm going to get started.




I want to do a series of paintings inspired by the images and feelings evoked by James Wright's beautiful poem, A Blessing. Its sound, its figurative transference of imagery, and its meaning lull me into a blissful peace that's almost impossible to describe in words. The last three lines send a thrill of joy through me...

Above are a pencil sketch and a rough acrylic study (each about 4" x 9" on canvas paper) for two of three larger paintings I plan to do. I am also experimenting with colors I don't usually use, in response to Leeza's color challenge to try working in colors outside one's comfort zone. I'll post all three finished studies as soon as I get them done. In the meantime, please savor this poem...

A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

- James Wright (1927 - 1980)

39 Comments:

Blogger andrea said...

This poem is wonderful. I see phrases there that I can use for painting titles (e.g. Twilight Bounds Softly), always a bonus for me. I look forward to seeing how your sketches develop. Nice start.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Beautiful poem Carla. One of these days I would love to own an Appaloosa. Everytime I go to the county fair I head for the horse barns.
You picked difficult colors to work with. Looking for ward to seeing what you finish with. Wish I had more time this week to paint.

10:36 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

You always do such wonderful pieces!!!...and, horses are my favorites! I hope you post your final images!! I'd LOVE to see them! Awesome poem as well!

11:17 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

Carla, here you are reaching a lovely scene of horses.
By my own experience I know how difficult is to draw and paint horses ... that not appear made of wood!

Your couple of horses are very nice, and the other is a very good promise

I do not know why , horses have a incredible precense and they give me always a feeling of freedom - if reincarnation really happens - next life I want to be a mustang!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

These are wonderful - the painted one would be welcome on any wall!

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Lovely, I look forward to seeing the finished studies too.

4:12 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Carla, this is one of my favourite poems, and your painting goes so well with it, a lovely, almost haunting image.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Sharon Wisely said...

As Always-Beautiful Work and Words.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

Wow, to be able to draw horses. I love the colours in your painting and the poem is beautiful. Thankyou for sharing with us. Judy x

7:01 AM  
Blogger Verity said...

Carla, this is so beautiful, you should enter it for Poetry Thursday & Contagious Creativity!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous melanie komisarski said...

wow, beautiful work, Carla... the horses are gorgeous!!

Thanks for participating at Inspire Me Thursday!

10:05 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

This is fantastic Carla, love the painted horses in the bottom pic (well of course the top drawing is great too), but with the poem...it all just SINGS! Wonderful, again you floor me with your creativity.
a.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Marieke said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Loving you dreamy fairytale style...

10:41 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

What a lovely idea, to use poetry as a lead-in to art. Your start is very impressive and I am anxious to see the result also.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the stillness of the horse in front, seems like its soul stands before us..;I like how you painted him whiteish grey and left all teh other colors sing out. Lovely. i look forward to the others!

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Kaya said...

Yay! Go for it Carla! I love the way the colours are shaping up and good for you for tying something different, you are inspiring. The painting looks very promising, it already has a feel of peace and stillness. Beautiful poem as well. Happy painting, can't wait to see the big ones!

4:45 PM  
Anonymous bookboy said...

just in case anybody wanted to know James friend in the poem is Minnesota (National Book Award Winner) Robert Bly. Great site

5:06 PM  
Blogger isay said...

lovely poem and i also like the last three lines.

i like the colored one. so beautiful. the color and texture of the horse is great-seems soft and the background-it looks so peaceful. i like this painting a lot.

7:09 PM  
Blogger firstborn said...

this is a great imt post!!!!! you have a gift and thank you for sharing it to the world! :)

thanks for your kind words...it makes me want to create more... :)

will be back for more of your art...

mary ann

7:59 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

This is an incredible poem, Carla, and I can see why it inspired you. I look forward to seeing were you take these preliminary sketches.

Cheers,
Robyn
Scratches & Scribbles

9:11 PM  
Blogger Artist in Progress said...

love your art, you are so amazing, I love the horses and the poetry. I loved the Medusa head when I saw it on inspire me thursday. thank you for your comments on my artwork but yours is just wonderful, i could only wish. enjoy the cps magazine and misty's article.

12:34 AM  
Blogger scarecrow said...

Nice work! Will like to see more.

Later

3:09 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Great colours and meaningful poem!

7:31 AM  
Blogger lindaharre said...

carla.....your drawings are spectacular!!! so glad you stopped by so i had a reason to come to your blog! your comments are appreciated:-) i get such inspiration from other artists..~L.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Well done Carla. I love the warm colours of the painting.
Cheers!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Carla,
What a great painting. Something about the white horse really touches me.

The last few lines of the poem gave me goosebumps.

There is a Weepies song that I have been pondering for weeks on how to illustrate. This really gave me agentle nudge.

Hugs

7:51 PM  
Blogger violetismycolor said...

Lovely painting of those horses!

3:15 PM  
Blogger artjunk~ said...

wow. where am I? the poetry and painting took my breath away! this is beautiful! I love the white horse and it's neat to hear about what your inspiration is for this painting, your plans and the process of the painting. :) -Lia

7:33 AM  
Blogger disappointed said...

i love these horse paintings
such warm colours

10:27 AM  
Blogger isay said...

the additional one with the colors-is really wonderful. you even made a great job with the yellow and some light in it on the sides. ohh i like his face!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

They're so gestural, I love them. I really love the color palette you chose, too.

7:58 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

I am so blown away by these horses! And in my favorite colors! They are so perfectly suited for the poem you posted. I LOVE them!!!!!!!!!!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Frizz said...

These are SO beautiful. I would love to see them hanging somewhere in my house!! I want to paint like this!!

8:19 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Those autumn colors and your cream colored ponies, beautiful work! Wright's poem becomes more alive while glancing at your paintings

1:18 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

The horses are so different than your usual IF works. I look forward to more.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

wow Carla, really beautiful paintings here, beautiful textures as well. I haven't been here for a while...but, here I am "sort of" back again.
*hugs
-Marjorie

9:56 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Don't you just love horses??? They have a regal presence about them! My best horse memory is my friend's big horse named Blue! Before I got allergic, back in the day I climbed up on Blue for a ride and he threw me off!!!LOL I thought I would let him know who is Boss here soooo up I climbed up on his back again(no saddles for us country gals!) again and you can guess what happened! LOL I wasn't the Boss! My friend and I still bring him up and laugh! Love your art and the poem!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

I really like the way these "studies" look. I think they are done, and love the softness and transparancy of the color, they are like a poem, dream or remembered image. Very beautiful, also kind of like the Blau Rider group, where it is more about color and shape than actual rendering of a horse. Your new website looks really terrific too!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

Nice horses!

4:08 PM  

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