Artwork to inspire poetry: Abstract art

Abstract art

The above artwork is abstract art.  It isn’t of anything in particular.  It is a mixture of three colors: orange, yellow, and green.  It isn’t completely random as there was an attempt to fill in all the white space, to have colors in lines around the border, and to use each color in a close to even way.

Since the artwork is abstract, a poet could see many things in it and interpret it in many ways.  A poet might find emotions and ideas in it or see shapes of things in it.  In general, a poet could see what they wanted to in the artwork.

Below is an example poem that uses the artwork and the idea of happy confusion.  This idea comes from the notion that while the colors are in a confusing pattern, they are bright and the pattern isn’t harsh.  Here is the example poem:

a food delivery
to the food bank

so much food
so many kinds
how will it all be sorted?

many will have food

Artwork to inspire poetry: pieces of colored bell peppers

pieces of colored bell peppers

The above artwork is of pieces of colored bell peppers.  They are arranged with pieces of one pepper resting on the one before it.  There are two orange pieces, two red and two yellow.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • The pepper pieces are in a line. A poet could see this and be inspired to write about people in a line.  They could write about the interactions the people have and the waiting they do.  They could write about people waiting for something good or waiting for something bad.

  • The pepper pieces are arranged in a pattern. A poet could see this and write a poem that had a pattern to it.  The pattern could be based on a number of form elements.

  • In a way, the arrangement of pepper pieces was built. A poet could think of this and write about the building of something.  They could write about the pieces that went into the something.

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.

Experimental Poetry Form: Acrostic colors

This experimental poetry form is called acrostic colors.  It is simple in idea, and depending on the subject of the poem, could make a good presentation.

The poem has three lines, each separated by a line break.  The first line, is an acrostic of the word “blue”, the second is an acrostic of the word “orange”, and the third is an acrostic of the word “red”.  Additionally, the text of the blue line is colored blue, the text of the orange line is colored orange, and the text of the red line is colored red.

Here is an example poem to illustrate the idea:

Blowing lightly under eves,

outside rain almost nears glass enclosures,

remaining encased defends.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf

a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf

This photograph is of a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  One aspect of it that can inspire poetry, is the colors of the creature.  This little creature is brightly colored with orange, yellow and green.  A poet could see this and decide to write about:

  • Someone who is wearing orange, yellow and green
  • An orange, yellow and green piece of jewelry
  • Orange and yellow flowers with green plants around them
  • Orange, yellow and green lights
  • A painting that is orange, yellow and green
  • Orange, yellow and green fruits

Artwork to inspire poetry: Table with a book and a candle

Table with book and candle

This artwork is of a table with a book and a candle.  It has five objects in it: the wall (grayish blue), the floor (purple), the table (orange), the book (green) and the candle (blue with a red and yellow flame).

The artwork was done in a way as to have a certain style.  It is not detailed, the colors generally cover large areas of the scene and the shapes are simple.  There is also some white and gradations of color.  Additionally, the book and the candle and flame were done over the colors of the wall and table.  Also, the colors of the table and floor were chosen so as to be somewhat less than usual.

The idea behind the artwork is simple and subdued and it is meant to inspire poetry that is like that.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Fruit and flower on a stem

Fruit and flower on a stem

Please see the post entitled: Artwork to inspire poetry: Grapevine.  This post is inspired by that one.

This artwork, derives its colors from the photograph from the post A photograph to inspire poetry: Butterfly.  The artwork is of a fruit and flower on a stem.  The orange hue, comes from the butterfly, the pinkish color comes from a wild strawberry, the white, comes from a clover flower, and the green from a blade of grass in the photograph (the blue background was chosen to provide contrast for the white from the flower, but could be assumed to represent the unseen blue sky in the photograph).

This artwork is related to the photograph, in that a butterfly pollinates flowers, which sometimes makes fruit (this relationship is in addition to the one of the artwork using the colors from the photograph).  Generally also, the photograph is of a spring scene, and so is this artwork.

This artwork could be used to inspire poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could be inspired to write about someone picking fruit from a tree or the smell of fruit flowers.  A poet might write about a garden, or they could write about an artist painting a picture of fruit on a tree.  A poet could see this artwork, and be inspired in a different direction, and write about pesticide.  A poet might take a broader view, and see the orange hue in the photograph, and think about someone from their past who used to wear a shirt or a dress in that color, and write a poem about them.  This artwork could be used in poetry in a number of different ways.