Welcome to the bar, where words fizz and flow, and rhymes can be ordered to go.
Today’s post is a very special one for me. Some of you may recognise it from the past. The very first prompt that I did for dVerse was this post, asking for ekphrastic poems inspired by the work of Fay Collins. Very sadly, Fay developed cancer during lockdown, and died in September this year. I asked the team at dVerse for permission to re-run this prompt as a tribute to her. Looking back at her paintings, what stands out for me is how much love for the world there is in them. Please write your poems with joy – Fay’s art is so full of joy. Thank you.
DVerse has “done” ekphrastic poetry before, but the beauty of ekphrasis is that every artist is different, as is every poet, so the result is always fresh.
I had to sneak in the work ekphrastic. I’m enjoying learning the jargon of poetry. You poets will know that I just mean a poem inspired by a work of visual art. I looked up some tips on writing ekphrastic poems here: http://www.powerpoetry.org/actions/5-tips-writing-ekphrastic-poetry – and you’ll be glad to hear that No 4 is “Make it a party” and No 5 is “Share your work” – that pretty well sums up dVerse for me.
So now I want to introduce you to Fay. Fay Collins is an artist working in the North West of England, producing beautiful images of the natural world. She has very kindly given me permission to share her paintings with you all. I find her art extremely moving. I love the subject matter, the depth of colour, and the emotional interpretation she brings. I’m sure her work will inspire you to produce some amazing poems.
Fay mainly works in oils, oil pastels and water colours, though she has produced some limited edition print runs. She is inspired by “the complexities of nature and landscape”, and the way the landscape changes with the fickle weather of the north of England. As you can see, there is a massive range of weather systems and landscapes to inspire her. If you want to read more about her, you can find her here: https://faycollinsart.co.uk/
All you have to do, dear poets of the bar, is to choose a picture, and let it inspire your words. If you can’t find inspiration here, have a look at Fay’s website and see some more of her amazing work. You are very welcome to use your chosen picture as an illustration, with credit to Fay, of course.
That’s it. Look at some great paintings. Write. Share your poem via Mr Linky, and don’t forget to read, appreciate, and comment on the work of your fellow writers.
Welcome to the bar -sorry im a little lare – got my time zones confused! We’re open now!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
But it was easy to change. I did it 12 hours too early the other week …
Yes -just had a go slow from my tablet getting in there!
Fay does truly beautiful captivating work! So enthralling. This is my first exposure to her work, thank you. So unfortunate and sad that she passed
Sarah, read my second offering, I belidve it might lift your spirits.
I did, and it did. A lovely poem, Rob.
See, I have a dark and light side Sarah. ✌🏼🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
So sad to hear that she had passed away, I had to go back and find what picture I used last time so I can choose another one.
Thanks for hosting Sarah!
I saw a lot when looking at the Collins’ painting I chose. Thank you again Sarah. 🙂
What an inspiring prompt, especially as some of these images feel very close to home for me! A fitting tribute.
Such inspiring artwork, what a lovely tribute to Fay, thanks Sarah.
I’ll have a ginger tea and oatmeal biscuit thanks
Tea and biccies coming up!
thanks so much
wow what amazing pictures.
it was easy for me to chose a picture the path to the coast has always had a strong pull for me.
sad to here of the artists passing it inspired me to share what i have.
I love this prompt, Sarah. Thank you for introducing me to a powerful artist whose work lives on to inspire and challenge the way we look at the world. I’m polishing up my offering but sure could use some refreshment! Whatever you have on hand. :>)
Hmm, it’s quite cold here. Maybe a hot chocolate, with or without a splash of rum?
It’s terribly cold here, you better make it with rum! :>) Thanks and cheers!
Sarah Connor said:
Im iff to bed now – I’ll be back to read more poetry tomorrow .
Ron Rowland said:
Thanks for hosting — the third picture spoke to me
Dana L Dampier said:
Hi all! It’s been awhile since I have written anything and a longer while since I have posted here. It’s been nice to poke my head in for awhile.
I love this prompt, thank you for repeating it. One of the images made me think of the moon reflected in water, so that’s what I wrote about.
Super-late to this party ….. but only picked up this morning and really wanted to contribute to honour a talented artist.
You’re very welcome – the prompt is open for 48 hours.
Hi Sarah, thank you for posting, and for giving us a chance to revisit Fay’s work. I’ve been busy have fun family time for Thanksgiving. I’ll see if I can get a poem up for this prompt today or for OLN. Fay’s work is so lovely.
Not too many things run as deep as grief for a loved friend, thank you for sharing Fay with us once again and for this delightful prompt Sarah.
Fabulous artwork, thank you Sarah for hosting and bringing to us Fay’s work. 🙂
Fay was a very talented lady, I see
thanks for sharing Fay’s work again Sarah (K)
One of my favorite types of prompts to write to, and the art is just exquisite. Thanks so much for this. I will be around over the extended weekend to read and visit others.