"Just as an illustrator begins with words and moves to creating an image, a writer can begin with an image and be moved to create a flow of words."
These were the words my friend Melanie used to advertise the creative writing class she conducted at the Wallkill River School yesterday. It was a marvelous class. I learned a lot. (Thank you, Mel) Interestly enough, since I don't consider myself a writer I had no workshop performance anxiety. How freeing that was!
Using Van Gogh's painting as inspiration I wrote the following:
A common pair of time worn shoes
ready to step away.
Earthen, subdued colors
Time tattered ragged edges.
Rich and complex textures rendered as a whole;
indistinguishable individual layers.
History's experiences apparent on their surface.
Been around the block a few times shoes ready to travel.
visually, verbally... emotionally... and on and on :)
This sounds like a good class. (I knew Melanie was doing one, but didn't know you'd be there.)
I've found the same lack of nerves when people don't feel any performance pressure. It seems to have worked well for you. ;-)
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