The Artist

Life Reflected in Art

January 11, 2012
Charcoal Portrait Drawing

It’s a lay in bed all day and eat chocolate when I’m hungry kind of day.  I feel like my heart is 10,000 feet underground.  I’m trying to give myself permission to be in the space that I am, when there are a million things around me demanding attention.  The life of a melancholy… How does the rest of the world live with us?  My husband, so sweetly, sang ‘You Are My Sunshine” to me before getting out of bed, knowing I was going to have one of those days.

Misty Mawn’s Open Studio class began a few days ago, and I’m loving every second.  So grateful to my family who bought me a spot in the class for me birthday.

Charcoal Portrait Drawing

Charcoal and White Pastel Only

Yesterday we had some writing assignments and I chose to make a video to add voice (or in this case, a whisper) and aesthetics to my heptastich poem (a poem with seven lines):

I must understand myself.  I must understand the world.
My basic fear is that of being defective. I’m missing something.  Others have it.
Overwhelmed by my emotion, I indulge in melancholy.
Feeling the sadness of the world, I retreat within.
The world is invasive, so confusing.  I need privacy to think.
I seek integrity and moral courage.
I seek to go home, from whence I came into being.

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  • Reply julie January 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Don’t you just love charcoal? Softness and harshness in one stroke- instant drama. Your portrait and your poem are both very moving!


    angela Reply:

    I do! Thank you, Julie <3


  • Reply Jamie Burch January 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Angela, this is a very powerful post. You are such a talented artist and poet. Thank you for sharing!


    angela Reply:

    @Jamie Burch,

    Wow, thank you, Jamie <3 It's amazing when we allow ourselves to be so vulnerable how others can connect to us.


  • Reply julie January 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Beautiful video..beautiful poem…also very taken with your charcoal. In the midst of early morning craziness you have made me stop…thank you!


    angela Reply:

    Thank you, Julie! One day I’ll expand into color, like you. Your paintings are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!


  • Reply Kathleen Conard January 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Wonderful and powerful -- thank you for being so vulnerable. You related beautifully what I have so often felt.


    angela Reply:

    @Kathleen Conard, Kathleen, that is always the amazing and rewarding thing about sharing our inner world -- when other people connect with it and then we don’t feel so alone.


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