Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pears Reflected

Do you ever think about the power of words?

I love words.
We all use words, but some of us want to "paint" with them... create images of the mind.
I have the best job in the world... reading, writing, listening, talking, and thinking with ten year old kids all day!   We've been immersed in poetry this week, and I am astounded by their use of words. We've started each day with a "Show Not Tell" exercise to get in the right side of the brain.  I'll put a simple "telling" sentence on the board... The girl was sad. Then they have to change it to a "showing" sentence...  Helen wiped her eyes with another tissue before her grandmother's funeral began.  She sat at the kindergarten table with her shoulders slumped and her lip quivering. (Yes, those are samples of sentences my kids came up with!)

I love words.
We all use words, but some of us want to choose the best ones... there are so many available.  I'll share a secret... realizing that it will securely validate any suspicion that I am a nerd. Here's the secret. Every morning at 5:45 I receive an e-mail with a new vocabulary word. I read them all, forget most of them, remember a lot of them, and love a few... like these.
Clerisy - intellectuals who form an artistic or social elite. (Ah! My Tuesday night painting group!)
Megillah - long involved story or account. (What could be better!)
Desultory - marked by lack of definite plan, regularity,or purpose. (Blah... hate it!)
Captious - marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections.  (Ah, so there's a word for her... :)  Maybe now I can tolerate her better. :)

I love words.
I've followed a blog by Suzanne for a long time.  I love her painting, and I love the real-ness of her words as she's shared her journey over time.  And, now she and another artist have begun a painting challenge site called the Naked Artists.  There are lots of painting challenge sites, so why do I love, Love, LOVE this one?  It's not based on an image artists use to create submit a piece in their own style.  It's based on WORDS!  Each month artists will be invited to submit a piece of art inspired by a chosen word.  
Their first word was "solitude."  Sigh... I had an image in mind to paint, but I didn't get it done before the month was up... That silly job (mentioned above) tends to take up a lot of my time, so I missed out on getting to be a part of that one.
This month, the word is "reflection."
I wish Suzanne and Sandra the best of success with their painting and their new adventure. 

Original Oil Painting on 8"x 8" Wrapped Canvas


  1. A quick heads up Helen that we have changed the rules of the Naked Challenge slightly. Each month, a list of 5 words will posted and instead of choosing just one word from the list, we can explore ANY of those words we wish throughout the month. Suz has just posted the list if you want to join in again :0)

  2. Sandra, they're your rules, you can change them as many times as you want. I can't wait to see what the next 5 words are!