Textured words

at http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/08/weekend-creation-blog-hop-plus-poem_19.html they’re asking us to create something – anything.  I chose to create this poem.

at http://dversepoets.com/   liv2write2day talks about texture as part of the tools of the artist.  My laptop was on the dining table, opposite a couple of my paintings, painted with oomph and lots of paint, if very little skill.  They inspired these

Textured words 

Impasto – folded  knobbly paint
applied with knife, big brush and fingers
to a simple vase of flowers.
Colour laid as thick as bark
ensures the texture lingers –
a vital part of a slapdash image,
hallmark of the splodginess
inherent in my character.

Maybe this is how to write
–  broad brush sweeping,
value blurred  in woolly words
rather than precise, strict form and tempo,
meaning shrouded for safe-keeping
in a mesh of metaphor.

The reason some of the flowers are dying is because the picture took me three weeks to paint!  The reason that the yellow flowers are fresh and bright is because the picture took only an afternoon to paint.

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28 Responses to Textured words

  1. Shah Wharton says:

    This is a marvelous addition to my blog hop! Such creation – and a double helping too/ Many thanks! Shah. X


  2. Mary says:

    I had not realized you painted with brush as well as with words: Both poem and painting have beautiful ‘texture.’


  3. David King says:

    I think YOURS is a way to write – definitely!


  4. brenda w says:

    This is quite lovely, Viv. You’ve provided lush textures and risen mightily to the prompt. Brava!


  5. Reflections says:

    Beautifully shared…. love your textures.


  6. Viv, lovely paintings. Have you had formal training, or is this your natural talent? Being an art teacher by profession, I am just curious. As for those wooly words, I love them most times. Well done.



  7. Brilliant textured words – unfortunately I cannot see images on wordpress at present – so cannot view what I am certain is a wonderful painting.


  8. I actually like the dying flowers. It’s refreshing. I take a lot of photos of dying flowers and dead insects and other things. There is beauty in other parts of the life cycle as well.

    Your idea of how to write intrigues me. I am a writer. My blog is dedicated to my writing and all things book and writing related. I write dark fiction. If you haven’t, hope to see you around some time.



  9. tashtoo says:

    Thought this the perfect take on the prompt! Wonderful! both the paintings and the words. Enjoyed much!


  10. CArol says:

    Very classic ‘voice’ both words and painting ~ thanks for sharing ~ namaste, Carol


  11. I agree with Arron your voice is strong in each and conveys a beautiful texture. I love your floral paintings and your poem.


  12. The Hub says:

    I can’t believe you said you can’t paint – they are amazing. What a multi-talented woman you are. You never fail to surprise me.


  13. A wonderfully tactile write. I enjoyed the read 🙂


  14. I love your paintings, particularly of the dying flowers. There’s something poignant about committing to canvas something that is reaching the end of its life cycle. Hell, anyone can paint fresh flowers!

    Your description of the textures of oil paint being thick is one of the reasons I wanted to take up oils – visceral, changeable, rich. Alas, the fumes get to me. You have so many talents, Viv. I’m happy this prompt had you share this art with us! Peace, Amy


  15. Yvette says:

    Beautiful paintings…I’ve never painted with oils…but thankyou for sharing these…each one has it’s own story..painting a thousand words.


  16. Renee Espriu says:

    Your flowers are beautiful, Viv, and however you write your words “broad brush sweeping” rather than “precise” and with “strict form”, they are always wonderful to read and that is why I keep coming back. Thank You!


  17. Hello Viv.

    How wonderful when someone can demonstrate a character to express synchronisation with such clarity – i mean to say you appear to write and paint with the same voice with such established character.
    Fun and energetic with pastel shades and certainty.
    a very enjoyable experience


  18. brian says:

    ah to me that is the only way to write…i want the person to feel the words, each one chosen to lay upon their nerve endings…you should try painting again…i did recently after nearly 15 years…


  19. My favorite phrase is “woolly words.”


  20. mareymercy says:

    I love “splodginess”


  21. Claudia says:

    i can feel this need for texture writing as i have it strongly myself…sometimes i would love to take some oil color and paint thick layers of words, metaphors on my computer screen..verse i can feel and touch and even smell…so we writers aim to texture words to make them creep under the reader’s skin and have them feel the layers without being able to touch…ha now you see..i’m getting enthusiastic…smiles…lovely poem for the prompt viv


  22. You are a true renaissance woman, Viv. Beautiful paintings and, like you, I love impasto and slapping on that paint. Do you use acrylic or oil? Thanks for linking this to dVerse. It’s perfect.


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