Friday, July 20, 2007

Illustration Friday: Poem -

"Empty"
$50 unframed - LUCAS GALLERY

digital collage & poem by Mick Mather
It's not that I'm lacking in something new for this week's Illustration Friday theme - which is poem since they brought it up - closer at, it's the fact that I personally like this piece so much that I prefer to post it again. Not to worry, it's not like a TV re-run where, as often as not, the repeats begin with a show you saw less than a month before. No, the last time this piece was posted was sometime in 2005 and, to be fair, it was posted at my old blog host as opposed to this one. Anyway (talk about repeats!) I just plain ol' like this one...here 'tis!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Very powerful!! Love the mood!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

beautifully written, mick.

i thought about making an illustratin for a poem i wrote a while back(about losing friends found on the internet) but decided to go with the usual doggerel instead. i've got a reputation to keep.

i love that you're artistic in so many different ways.

1:47 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Earthy colours, again, and my thoughts linger to the days of depression, hobos and to the land of Woody Guthrie. Surely a hobo misses his loved one, although he won't settle for a long time in one place?

(Your pics seem to tell me a story -actually, I don't every time read your lines under the picture, just want to look and see with my own eyes and hear the story)

2:10 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

kathleen:
Thanks so much for this comment, K. I was definitely seeking a mood that went with the poem visually - so, just to be sure, I did the illustration first! I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. :D

catnapping:
LMAO @ "having a reputation to keep", and (blush!) thanks ever so much for the kind words. I went to see your poem and I, too, really got a kick out of the last line. I often wonder if our online relationships are any less angst-ridden than our real world ones. The tears, the heartache, the bleeding...it's all painful, yes? Not to be outdone by the pessimists, the converse is also true. Shall we revel in the joy, the giddiness and the perfect moments that arrive via the same open channels?

susupetal:
Ahhh, the ever so perceptive Susu. Thanks so much with my usual blush and I must admit that the figure is an image of a man from the Great Depression Era. The earthy tones, yet again, seem to continue this spooky series of coincidences along such color lines - in addition, it fit the concept and was necessary to create a visual mood.
I highly recommend looking at my images for a long time to discover your own stories and I'm delighted to hear that you approach them that way. I talk about this with other artists often and it seems to me that, when one brings their own story to an image, we're rewarded a second time when we get to hear what the artist has to say. :)

4:37 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

This is a 'great' piece...I can see it as a book jacket, very easily.. Its strength is in its balance. and that stunning ONE eyed glance.

Liked your poem l..... It supports the scene well.

by the way, I sure hope the fellow found some peace.... !

(ps... still thinking on my take for this theme... hear me? think..... think...... think..... (grin) )

4:44 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

janice:
A really BIG blush with my thanks for these comments. I'm greatly pleased that you enjoyed the poem as it was built up from a very personal experience. A kernel of truth and more than few cups of flour took it all the way home - but, I believe we've all had at least one relationship where that theme of a broken relationship, without knowing why, gives pause for this kind of reflection.
As for your own piece and all of this thinking, yes indeed, I hear the gears grinding. I think I smell smoke, too! :D

5:08 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

mmm, I love this piece too! Thanks for resurrecting it so I could enjoy it.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

studio lolo:
I'm glad you like this one, Laurel. I have to say that I'm having a bit of a busy month as I prepare to go on vacation, so bringing this one back was relatively easy. I should also admit that it was a toss up between this one and another image from the same period. Hmmmm, to show or not show ... we'll see.

6:25 AM  

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