|Between Green Thread and Broccoli|
mixed media on cradled board
16 x 20 inch
A while back I was visiting Sharmon Davidson's blog where she had posted one of her wonderful collage works, and with it there was a poem by Tony Hoagland called The Word. I was immediately drawn to the poem and looked up Tony Hoagland to read more of his work. There is a style to his writing that resonates with me and I found myself returning to read The Word a few more times which led to an idea for a painting. I jotted down a sketch and some thoughts to go with it then set it aside, not feeling sure if it was something I truly wanted to paint. But the idea and the poem stayed with me.
Below are some closeups and the words of the entire poem. You can see bits and pieces in my painting that derived from the poetry, and there were so many other elements I wanted to add. However, I worried it would be too busy and decided to keep the composition simple.
by Tony Hoagland