Of course, you knew I couldn’t do a two-month art challenge without including a unicorn:
An interesting thing happened the other morning, something I haven’t experienced in a long time.
I got woken up early, much earlier than I needed to get up. I went to the bathroom and got back into bed and cocooned myself (yes, I am one of those weirdos who must wrap up in a quilt, even in July in the Arizona desert), hoping to fall back asleep for another 45 minutes.
It didn’t happen.
Instead, I dozed, and my imagination began working on the seed of a poem.
You see, the night before I read about a wonderful contest the people at Palette Poetry are putting on. They are looking for a poem that “speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today.”
Hmm. I don’t think I have a poem in my files that fits that bill. I wish I did, though, because the top prize is $4000. Now, that’s real money.
Believe it or not, in my half-asleep-half-awake state, my brain came up with a few stanzas that represent a good start on a great poem. When my alarm went off, I jogged straight to my laptop and typed it all down, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to remember it by my afternoon writing time.
Later, I googled “muse in the morning” to see what other people have written about this serendipitous phenomenon. I found two pieces of artwork by that name which I wish I could post here, but I couldn’t find any information on whether they are in the public domain, so, sorry. Then, while browsing writing blogs, I found this article, which describes a practice whereby you can activate your imagination by encouraging yourself into a dreamy state.
I am passing on the contest information and the dreamzoning article because we creatives are a supportive community. I know I’ve benefitted from advice from my writing friends and also from fellow writers online. Let’s continue to assist each other and cheer one another along. I wish you success.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist who profoundly influenced music in the romantic era. He is one of the most beloved composers of piano music ever. His works are favorites of audiences and critics, and pianists beginner through professional level.
Vladimir Horowitz: Introduction and Rondo by Chopin:
He was born in Warsaw, and in 1831 moved to Paris, where he lived the rest of his life, except for travels. He never married, but had a long-term, often troubled relationship with the writer George Sand.
Lang Lang: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 by Chopin:
He was a renowned performer and a sought-after teacher. He maintained friendships with some of the top musicians of his day, including Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann.
Yundi Li: “Fantasie” Impromptu Op. 66 by Chopin:
Sickly for most of his life, he passed away at age 39.
Valentina Lisitsa: Etude Op. 10 No. 12 (Revolutionary) by Chopin:
His output, mostly for solo piano, was prodigious: 4 ballades, 27 études, 4 impromptus, 59 mazurkas, 22 nocturnes, 16 polonaises, 28 preludes, 4 rondos, 4 scherzos, 3 sonatas, 9 variations, 19 waltzes, 2 concertos, 19 songs, and many miscellaneous pieces.
Umi Garrett: Grande Valse Brilliante Op. 18 No. 1 by Chopin:
Beauty, brilliance, utility, and laughs.
- Never text to find out how the kids are doing.
- I love to see what people do in their art journals.
- Writers (and other creatives), do you procrastinate instead of creating?
- Could trophy hunting actually have benefits?
- Agate and geode paintings. And there’s a link to a previous post of stone paintings.
- I think painting clouds is challenging.
- Are you a Gryffindor? Here’s an easy crochet pattern for a scarf.
- All the pictures in this article are watercolors. At first glance, I swore they were photographs.
- Check out this artist’s ICAD cards and other posts.
- I like this artist’s process for capturing Old Faithful’s eruption.
- Ernest Hemingway would be 122 years old now.
- I don’t want to pay the price of this gorgeous sweater made of discarded fabric, but maybe, like electronics, the price of goods made with recycled materials will eventually come down. We can only hope.
Didn’t get enough beautiful chickens?