Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Artistic Aspirations


I want to tell you about 3 artistic endeavors that have inspired me this August:

1)

                                                                   un-perfect moment

capture that perfect un-perfect moment
locked within that bring-you-back memory
and while you dance within those medleys
those blood-bond circles of life swirl
through the past and towards the future
you sweep away in a shared moment
as hot and sweet as summer’s breath

on the peripheries as fleeting as fireflies
sidestep broken fragments before they pulverize
while the evening’s a clock that no longer ticks
these frozen hands a blessing from time’s tyranny
hold on tight to the tumultuous melody
just like you hold on tight to your
tired girl’s hands for just one more song

  - Theresa Milstein






2)

I’ve known the illustrator Nata Romeo for several years. Her artwork has always impressed me. She’s now illustrated a beautiful picture book. Cleverly, she left the animals black and white to encourage children to color them on the hardcover edition. And the pictures can be enlarged on the e-book edition in order to appreciate the detail.


Biography
Nata Romeo a.k.a ArtistaDonna, is the author and illustrator of her first children's book, titled Alphabet Wildlife A to Z. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she now brews and sprinkles her art and stories from the Philadelphia skies. She dreams that her imagination gets swept up into a massive storm, traveling across the universe and beyond!




3)

This week, I’m attending the Highlights Foundation Revision Retreat.  
It's my first organized retreat.
I hope that the retreat's inspirations help me reach my aspirations.


Happy August!
xo,
Theresa


36 comments:

  1. Wonderful poem and I love the idea of Nat's book. That's quite creative and fun for children. Enjoy your retreat.

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  2. Beautiful illustrations, lovely poem. Hope you have a great time.

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    1. Thanks, Miranda. I hope you have a great time at your conference too.

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  3. HI Teresa .. I reckon you'll be back after your Highlights Foundation Retreat writing poems that are perfectly perfect moments .. no need for the 'uns' ...

    Nata's illustration looks amazing and what a great idea creating the A-Z of animals and leaving them blank for the kids to colour in .. creativity reigns ...

    Enjoy the Retreat - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, I hope you're right about those perfectly perfect moments. Thank you!

      I agree, when it comes to creativity reigning, Nata's got it!

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  4. Love the poem Teresa and have a great time at the workshop!!!

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  5. Are you putting together a book of poetry? Methinks that is what you are doing? If so, it's gonna be good with content like this.

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    1. Michael, thank you. I am collecting some poetry. I've also been writing haiku, which I sometimes post on Facebook and Twitter. But I don't think anyone actually wants to PAY for my stuff.

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  6. I like your take on that picture best.
    Enjoy the retreat!

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    1. Alex, I feel honored to get such a comment. Thank you.

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  7. thank you Theresa for the feature and LOVE your poem! and it's wonderful meeting everyone here :)

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  8. Happy August. And what a cool idea for a book.

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    1. Liz A, I like Nata's spin on the alphabet book.

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  9. Lovely poem, Theresa. I think Keith Haring would be proud his canvas inspired such poignant words. Nata's illustration are gorgeous, but I'd want to color them myself.

    Enjoy the retreat. What a perfect way to relax and recharge.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. VR, thank you for that compliment!

      The nice thing about Nata's illustrations is that she colors the background, but leaves the animals for the children to color.

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  10. A deozen moment in time, tick.......tock !

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  11. "hold on tight to the tumultuous melody
    just like you hold on tight to your
    tired girl’s hands for just one more song"

    This spoke to me. I reminds me of the elderly that I work with, memories sometimes sparse and fleeting. A lovely capture, well done indeed.

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    1. Ginny, I'm glad my poem spoke to you. That's what we want our writing to do, isn't it?

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  12. Awesome, awesome poem. It makes me think I should keep a shard of every broken plate/cup the kids have ever destroyed and make a collage so I can remember these crazy days and laugh at how wonderful they were.

    2. Yay for Nata!

    3. I hope you have the most amazing retreat, ever.

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    1. Crystal, I have a bin of their artwork + other little bits to hold onto those memories.

      I had a wonderful retreat! Thanks.

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  13. Your poem is excellent! It really hit home with me and is beautifully done.

    I love the idea of the illustrations being in black and white so they can be colored in! How fun! Wishing Nata the best of luck and thanks for sharing her work with us.

    Have a fabulous retreat! I hope it is fun and a great learning experience. :)
    ~Jess

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  14. I've seen her work online. I love this lion! The expression she's captured is so wonderful.

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    1. Cleemckenzie, I agree about the lion. Nata captures something special.

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  15. Happy August to you, too! Hope you had a great time at the retreat.

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  16. Love that book idea- and I know your retreat was wonderful!

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