Hi everyone ~ I am excited to share two good news today. First, I see little spring buds coming out in my part of the world. Yes, spring is finally here. And second, to introduce the lovely paintings by Cheryl Nelson Kellar, which will be our inspiration for our words today. Cheryl is an artist from Sherwood Arkansas USA.
A background about the artist:
I never leave the house without earrings, perfume and bright pink lipstick. I’m a little girlie that way. I believe in beauty — in whatever form it takes. The interior of my home is a gorgeous lavender! I love bright, clean colors — soft and soothing as well as vibrant and stirring. After years of work as a court reporter– a job that requires intense focus, attention to detail, and a great deal of structure– I discovered watercolors and fluid acrylics. I first took art classes as a way of seeking balance and easing tension in my soul. Soon the magic claimed me. I truly am lost — and found– in the mystery when water, color and brush meet.
I am an artist! And I expect to always be a student too. I paint what fascinates me and dearly love exploring and experimenting. I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoy making it and sharing it with you.
Portfolio of Works:
Abstracts and Non-representationals: I love abstraction and experimentation. Stretching the bounds of reality, for me, intensifies the emotions, the essence of my subjects. I feel that it opens up my own creative pathways and that magic sometimes happens when I’m throwing paint or ink, splashing, pouring, stamping, etc. I strive to create something beautiful and something that brings joy to the viewer–because that’s what I feel when I am creating. Painting freely with passion and abandon, is so exhilarating too!
Mosaic of Life
What You seek is Seeking You
Deconstructing the Spiral
Alcohol Inks: This medium is new to me. I am having a grand time experimenting with it. I love the vivid colors and the way they move over and through each other. I love the photographic shiny finish I get with them. I haven’t tested their light-fastness yet and I have yet to find a sealant for them that is permanent. I’ll update here when the verdict is in on that.
Time to Bloom
My Girlfriends series are whimsical collections – playful and represent the qualities I love about my dear friends, women in general and the sometimes me in particular. They are not portraits; although, they may look like the specific person who is in my thoughts as I paint it. They are more likely to look like what I experience in my relationship with that person, what her spirit looks like to me.
The Spring Sisters
Dreams of Flying
Oh, The Stories She Could Tell
“I love to travel and have a small file of special photos that really capture a sense of place and/or people for me. You will see a few paintings inspired by those experiences and my appreciation and gratitude.
I welcome you to use whatever paintings for this project that you wish to use, and I do not mind if some of your group wish to go outside of the selected ones. I do appreciate the link back to my site and/or blog and credit. I can’t wait to read what y’all write. I have a lifelong love of poetry.”
Here are some suggestions for your writing: Use of vivid colors, writing with joy and abandon using stream of consciousness, and focusing on intense emotions. Experiment by mix-matching form and technique that we have discussed so far (you can check the archives on the sidebar). You can also go whimsical and write about your friends, real or imagined. Feel free to write to more than just one painting or idea from Cheryl’s work.
If you’re here for the first time, here’s how to participate:
- Write a poem or prose poem, inspired by artwork pieces of Cheryl Kellar. You are not limited to the images here, as I have gotten her permission that you can choose from any of her work.
- Post it on your blog, and if you are using Cheryl’s picture, link back to her site and give her credit for the image.
- Click on the Mr. Linky button, insert your name and direct URL to your poem (not your blog).
- If you use social media, use the tag #dversepoets or @dversepoets so we can find you and help with promotion.
- Visit others that have taken the challenge as well.
Happy Tuesday everyone ~ Grace