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Inspiring quote(s)

Mixing medias.

Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don’t use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile. Such metaphors, like Japanese paper flowers, may expand outward into gigantic shapes. Ideas lie everywhere through the poetry books, yet how rarely have I heard short story teachers recommending them for browsing.

What poetry? Any poetry that makes your hair stand up along your arms. Don’t force yourself too hard. Take it easy. Over the years you may catch up to, move even with, and pass T. S. Eliot on your way to other pastures. You say you don’t understand Dylan Thomas? Yes, but your ganglion does, and your secret wits, and all your unborn children. Read him, as you can read a horse with your eyes, set free and charging over an endless green meadow on a windy day.

~ Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

What I started with: Watercolors on Canson watercolor paper.

This post is in response to Susannah Conway’s April Love 2018 prompt for today:  Inspiring Quote.  One of the things I like about Ms. Conway’s April Love 2018 prompts is that there are no rules.  While it’s true she has labeled them photo prompts, there are no rules.  And that led me to thinking about the best way to illustrate an inspiring quote for today.

Occasionally, I have been playing around with watercolors for no particular reason and with no particular idea in mind.  Yesterday I painted what I call “Purple Sun,” photographed it, and then used Picasa to insert the text and invert the colors.  Today I am going to play with what I started and see if I can make this purple sun into a mandala.  That was the main objective all along, but after painting the circle and background, it looked a lot like some of the backgrounds people use for sharing inspirational quotes.

As for the snippet of one of Mary Oliver’s poems I picked, it is something I am trying to live by during this year of Love as my theme/word.  Plus, it happens to be National Poetry Month.  I’ve been reading some amazing poetry lately.  (Please read this from fellow blogger, Merril. It’s beautiful and touched my heart/soul.  Or check out The Rumpus and their featured poets and poems.)

Thank you for visiting today.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

I still keep a handwritten commonplace book.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  611)  Words that inspire, provoke, and touch the heart/soul.  612)  Poetry.  613)  Love (is love is love).  614)  The time and luxury to play with watercolors.  615)  Purple shampoo.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

12 thoughts on “Inspiring quote(s)

  1. Love the purple sun and wonder what you will further create with it. It is so good to just let the muse flow through you and see what happens. A relaxing pursuit.
    I think you have the nicest handwriting – sadly, something you don’t see much of these days.

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    1. Thank you so much, Eliza. 🙂 The nuns taught me handwriting. Always good to get it right with the nuns. 😉 As for the purple sun, I may have turned it into a mess but the verdict is still out on that one. It might be salvageable.

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  2. Such a beautiful post, Robin, and perfect for poetry month. Thank you very much for the shout out!
    II agree you have beautiful handwriting. You could have been a clerk or scribe in centuries past. 🙂

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      1. The word “scribe” might have been in my head because I just finished reading a novel called The Scribe of Sienna, which I really liked. It’s a time travel/historical novel. I was afraid it would be silly, or really ahistorical, but it wasn’t. 🙂 Also, when I’ve read historical documents, I really admired the ones that were written by someone with very legible handwriting!

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