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Posts tagged ‘water’

Daily Prompt Love Catch-Up <3 Titles, and Boundaries

23 July 2017

Make art using one of these titles: 

From the Stone Came

Listening to Fire

Salty and Wind and 

In Memory of Water

MMD4C2

24 July 2017 

Make art about boundaries, making them, breaking them, protecting them. 

do-not-cross

Daily Prompt Love <3 Bullies, and What's Elemental

29 June 2017

Make art about a bully, about standing up to bullies, or about the need that drives them.

stop bullying

30 June 2017

el·e·men·tal (eləˈmen(t)l/)

adjective

  1. primary or basic.

    “elemental features from which all other structures are compounded”

    synonyms: basic, primary, fundamental, essential, root, underlying; 

    rudimentary

    “the elemental principles of….”

  2. related to or embodying the powers of nature.

    “a thunderstorm is the inevitable outcome of battling elemental forces”

synonyms: natural, atmospheric, meteorological, environmental, climatic

“elemental forces”

Make art about something elemental.

elemental

 

Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Storms, and Shrines, and What We Can Learn <3

10/4/2016

I grew up in Hurricane Alley, eastern North Carolina, so the preparation for these big storms is something I learned early. Hurricane Matthew has ripped through Haiti, and is on his way to the US East Coast. All my provisions are laid in, flashlights and emergency equipment in place and ready, and I’ve battened down as much as I can. But sometimes Mama Nature’s just too big and unpredictable for any kind of preparation.

Make art about preparing the best you can.

hurricane-preparation-checklist

10/5/2016

Thinking a lot today about all the ways people find their way to, or demonstrate faith. Took me immediately to one of my top three favorite songs, The Mountain, by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

Excerpted Lyrics by Dave Carter

Some build temples and some find altars,
some come in tall hats and robes spun fine.
Some in rags, some in gemstone halters,
some push the pegs back in line.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Make art about temples or altars or shrines, faith in some unexpected way.

 

10/6/2016

Road Angel Andrea at Walmart today told me about her grandmama teaching her to sew, first by making curtains, long straight hems, she said, over and over again, summer curtains, winter curtains with their heavy lining. She said her grandmama was patient but tough, making her tear out crooked stitches, and try again til she got it right. “I learned to take my time,” she said. “I learned to take my time, look ahead of the foot, and how a pair of curtains can make all the difference in a room.”

Make art about curtains. Or about what you learned from an elder.

my-curtains

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 What's in the Water

10 August 2016

Woke up hearing this song. One of my favorites. 

Make art about where God is. Or about casting out a line into the darkness. 

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Gettin Elemental

 

30 July 2016

Finally got started on my summer canning.

Make art about preserving something.

canning

31 July 2016

We move to find what we cannot see”~David Wagoner

Make art about forms of blindness.

blindness

 

1 August 2016

Earth. Air. Fire. Water.

Make art about an elemental force.

Fire-earth-water-air-the-four-elements-39436378-741-256

Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3

 

7/16/2016

Late, I have come to a parched land/doubting my gift, if gift I have,/the inspiration of water”~Dannie Abse

Make art about the inspiration of water.

woman in water

7/17/2016

Poor dear son, though you were not my son, I felt to love you as a son, what short time I saw you sick & dying here—“~Walt Whitman (letter to Erastus Haskell’s parents)

Make art about how they are all our sons.

 

chicago homicides

7/18/2016

May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.”~Mother Teresa

Make art about the open heart.

goddess-open-heart

Daily Prompt :-) What We Can’t Know

Happy National Poetry Month! A beautiful poem and a prompt!

to the sea

BY ARACELIS GIRMAY

 

You who cannot hear or cannot know
the terrible intricacies of our species, our minds,
the extent to which we have done
what we have done, & yet the depth to which
we have loved
what we have
loved —
the hillside
at dawn, dark eyes
outlined with the dark
sentences of kohl,
the fūl we shared
beneath the lime tree at the general’s house
after visiting Goitom in prison for trying to leave
the country (the first time),
the apricot color of camels racing
on the floor of the world
as the fires blazed in celebration of Independence.
How dare I move into the dark space of your body
carrying my dreams, without an invitation, my dreams
wandering in ellipses, pet goats or chickens
devouring your yard & shirts.
Sea, my oblivious afterworld,
grant us entry, please, when we knock,
but do not keep us there, deliver
our flowers & himbasha bread.
Though we can’t imagine, now, what
our dead might need,
& above all can’t imagine it is over
& that they are, in fact, askless, are
needless, in fact, still hold somewhere
the smell of coffee smoking
in the house, please,
the memory of joy
fluttering like a curtain in an open window
somewhere inside the brain’s secret luster
where a woman, hands red with henna,
beats the carpet clean with the stick of a broom
& the children, in the distance, choose stones
for the competition of stones, & the summer
wears a crown of beles in her green hair & the tigadelti’s
white teeth & the beautiful bones of Massawa,
the gaping eyes & mouths of its arches
worn clean by the sea, your breath & your salt.
                                             Please, you,
being water too,
find a way into the air & then
the river & the spring
so that your waters can wash the elders,
with the medicine of the dreaming of their children,
cold & clean.

 

Make art about water, about being water.

water watercolor

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