"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." -
Hello toadies and roadies...wishing you a happy Friday and a good weekend, while we choose a piece of Chelsea Bednar's artwork, provided for our inspiration by Margaret on Day 12 of our April poem-a-day challenge at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.
I can't help but wonder how many of us have been regular, daily contributors since this not-an-April-fool's-day-joke began. I've thought of going back and making a list, but that sounds too much like work. I'm sure, by month's end, someone (much smarter than I) will be able to tell us who hung in here, who skipped a day, who doubled-up after missing a day, and who dropped out altogether.
In the meantime, we have had several pieces of Chelsea's art from which to choose, plus a quotation Margaret provided, which blurs the line between artist and poet. Distilled, it says "in order to be an abstract painter, you must be a true poet"! I'm glad it didn't say "in order to be a poet, you must be a true abstract painter" because that would have left me out.
|Original artwork by Chelsea Bednar|
the girls sat at the river's mouth
and contemplated nature
referring to a heavy book
they made a list of all they saw
and entered it on a cell phone
and made a drawing of each leaf
and flower and stem and rhizome
it took them days (they had a tent)
to draw each plant they saw then
but on they drew, and on and on,
for a whole long weekend
|publicdomainpictures.net George Hodan|
but they learned well,
and knew full well
they didn't like botanical-ing,
but they are well-known artists now
with a large botanical following
Kay Davies, April 12, 2013