Artwork to inspire poetry: sliced apple

sliced apple

Above is an artwork of a sliced apple.  Although it looks like a drawing, it is actually a photograph with a computer effect applied.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

waiting in line
some were anxious to go
others anxious to leave

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Artwork to inspire poetry: Hand holding an apple

Hand holding an apple

Above is an artwork of a hand holding an apple.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Picking fruit. A poet could examine things like an individual picking fruit from their own tree, or they could look at something like farm labor.
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  • A person handing a piece of fruit to someone else. This idea could be applied to many contexts.  As an example, a poet could write about someone handing someone else a piece of fruit at a food pantry.
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  • Someone looking at an apple. A poet could examine different things the person might be thinking about.  An example might be the color of the apple reminds the person of something.
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  • A person about to do something with an apple. They might be making an apple pie or they might be turning it into juice.
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  • A person with a disability. An example might be writing about a person that has trouble using their hand, and holding things, like an apple, might be part of the therapy they are going through.  As another example, a poet might write about a person who lost the use of their hand and finally regained the ability to hold something, like an apple.  A poet could write about that moment.

Here is an example poem:

After staring at the apple,
for ten minutes,
he gave up.

Telekinesis,
looks so easy,
in the movies.

Artwork to inspire poetry: yet another apple artwork

yet another apple artwork

The artwork above is yet another apple artwork.  There have been some number of apple artworks on the blog before, and well, this is yet another one.  Apples are nice fruit, and are good practice for drawing.  Additionally, they can inspire poetry ideas.

This particular apple artwork was made using colored pencils.  The colored pencils were blended using cotton swabs and then rubbing alcohol.  The rubbing alcohol is what gives the somewhat foggy, blurry affect.  This particular artwork went through some number of iterations.  Although it isn’t certain, it is likely that this artwork was not computer altered.  It is likely that it was just scanned.

A poetry inspiration that could come from this artwork is the idea of transition and blending of colors.  In the artwork, the colors transition and blend.  There is a pink type color on the bottom.  This transitions to a reddish color toward the top.  This then is transitioned and blended with an orange color.  In other places, the colors transition to a green color.

One obvious use of this idea would be to write poems about fall.  Fall is approaching, in the northern hemisphere, and fall can often involve a transition of colors.  Leaves change colors, as is obvious, but other things change colors too.

The colors people wear can change in the fall.  The way people decorate their homes can change.  The types of produce, and therefore the colors of what is seen, can change at grocery stores.  Types of animals in areas, and therefore the colors of the animals seen, can change in areas.  In these situations, colors transition and in some cases blend together.  There are other ideas as well.

In writing a poem about the transition and blending of colors, a poet could be literal, metaphorical or blend the two.  A poet could use the idea to talk about other things.

Artwork to inspire poetry: apple

Apple

This artwork is of an apple.  It started out as a colored pencil drawing (which was partially traced from a photograph of a real apple).  After that rubbing alcohol was used to blend the colors.  A little more colored pencil was applied, then it was scanned and just slightly computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include:

  • Poems about apples. This is obvious, but the idea could be extended to include various apple products such as apple juice, cider, sauce, butter, etc.
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  • Poems about hunger. This apple is a picture of food.  It could inspire a poet to write about someone without food.
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  • Poems about alcohol use. This drawing was altered using alcohol (albeit rubbing alcohol).  A poet could take this idea and write a poem about a person who is altered by alcohol (the drinking kind).
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  • Poems about things that are red. This apple is red and things can sometimes be described as apple red.  A poet could write about things that have this color.