The Mill

Poets United: Midweek Motif…Colors
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The Mill

Rests on a hill somewhere
at back of my mind.

Each day haul my hand cart
up that hill, filled with ideas.

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Feed those ideas into machine
and it spits out black and white
designs:

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some of which make my fingers twitch,
creating an itch to reach for colors that
will fill their empty spaces, bringing
their faces into clearer definition.

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Then one day, as I climbed that hill,
a question came from that moving stillness.
What would happen if I fed the colors first,
let them burst and redefine the process?

So, I did it. And in utter amazement, finally
found face of that ramshackle mill that rests
on a not too distant hill, somewhere in my mind.

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Elizabeth Crawford  12/9/15

Notes: Have wanted to write about my process of discovery with lines and colors for some time. Happened on The Midweek Motif this morning and knew exactly what I wanted to do. It took more time, gathering up all the pieces and parts than it did to write the poem. Lucky for me, someone had asked me, just a few days ago, to explain to them how I got into all of this pen and ink drawing and coloring. And of course, here I turned it into a rather delightful mythic experience. The machine of which I speak is a digital kaleidoscope app. The first image is a pen and ink doodle of repeat pattern drawing. The final image is a water color wash using water color pencils and then doing the pen and ink line weaving over it.

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14 Responses to The Mill

  1. Beautiful poetry and I love your designs!

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  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Wonderful designs 😀 you have really outdone yourself with this poem 🙂

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  3. The journey of art is such a delight. I think poetry is a wonderful companion as you so beautifully display. I love the image of your cart filled with ideas (and supplies.)
    Glad you shared your beauty, Elizabeth

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  4. Wow, this is a cool description of how you arrived at the image….and the image itself is stunning! I can somehow hear you cackling with glee as it appeared before you. LOL.

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  5. Mary says:

    Elizabeth, I just love the poetic description of your process &, of course, the results! You are amazing.

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  6. Susan says:

    Love! How neat to turn around the digital process just exactly reminding me of the way inspiration varies–sometimes form is first sometime content! I didn’t know it could be done digitally. Love the illustrations as well, and I see the mill.

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  7. oldegg says:

    Beautiful done Elizabeth.

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  8. I love how color is added to the both the verse and the images as you read on. This is very creative and poetic!

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  9. Sumana Roy says:

    aw…that’s a wonderful source of color, lines and beauty creating a world of joy…

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  10. Jae Rose says:

    I love how you have shared the process of your work…so very captivating – and fun! Reminds me of the joy of seeing a watermill in a local park as child..you knew every time what it would smell like, sound like, feel like and yet each visit was new…and exciting

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  11. annell4 says:

    So fun to go with you to your process. Colors can be medicine for us.

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  12. I LOVE what you do!! And the poem and metaphor that you used is perfect! Thank you, for taking the time to bring this together, Elizabeth. 🙂

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  13. i also enjoyed your designs and your explanation of your process

    gracias for sharing

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