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I wrote the first draft of this poem when I was about 17 during my Junior year of High School. Although I wrote quite a bit of poetry during my high school years, I fell out of the habit during the busy years of college, getting married, and having lots of little kids running around. Over the past few years, I have been going through my old poetry notebook and revamping some of the better ones to share because I have really missed the poetry in my life. The original idea for this poem was great especially for an about 17-year-old, but it needed fleshing out and reworking. It has taken me over a year so far to rewrite it–mostly because by the time I have enough quiet time, it is late, I am tired, and am feeling like my brain is a bit fried.

In the way of acknowledgements and dedication, I would like to thank my High School sweetheart and love of my life, now and forever after, for being the reason I wanted to write poetry in the first place and for believing in me; my Freshman and Junior year English teacher, Mrs. Rogers, who taught me all the basics, gave me the assignment in the first place, and was always available before and after class as well as before and after school to help me work out rhythm and rhyme, and give me words of encouragement which meant more to me than she probably knew; my author friend Lia London for proofreading, some helpful constructive critique, and being a much-needed fresh set of eyes; and last but not least to God who got me through all my rough patches and gave me little bits of inspiration in the restless hours of the night as I was trying to get the final draft complete.

 

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Paintbrush, by Dawna Morton

The brush in my hand—
paint slowly creating the picture…
Will it be what I want in the end?

My life, will it make,
a beautiful picture—
through the road that I take?

Colors mix together:
shades and hues of hopes and dreams…
Do they add or detract from the theme?

Feet pacing floor —having given my all—
Temptation to crumple, to scream,
throw my failures at the wall.

Reflective, introspective: perspective.
Stumble, learn, grow, submit.
Needing guidance Divine, my faults I admit.

Purport, import, and a refining effort,
—lights and effects: fine tuning ever—
Transform, renew. Start over…

as the brush guides the colors:
each choice that I make,
each decision, each path that I take…

Of infinite worth, this repeating process–
both guided–yet guiding–
this seemingly perpetual work in progress

Importuning, with brush in my hand,
pleading, to put my hand in His.
Inviting –creating anew, a new symbiosis

A joining, a becoming, as both Creator and creation—
—a true work of art— a new, more celestial me…
His continuous re-creation–

as this “brush” tries so hard to express,
with feeling, love, and desire: the will serene
…of the Master Painter.

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I just realized  I never made a blog entry about this painting! Better Late than never…

The idea for Midsummer Daydream came from a contest on artistnetwork.com, Artistnetwork.com’s third All-Media Paint-Off!, Garden Angel .The assigned subject was to do a painting based on the photo, Garden Angel, which was of a statue in a garden. Originally the statue in a garden idea did not appeal to me, but as I thought about it I decided if I changed the basic concept from a statue to a living Wood Sprite or Nymph based loosely on the statue and completely changed the composition, that I could make something I liked. Having read a book recently on  composition, I decided to put together something that would move the eye in a circular manner through the painting.
What I came up with was a whimsical scene depicting the young red-headed wood sprite dipping one toe in the water, laying down at the edge of  a lily pond, and creating ripples in his reflection by running his finger in the water playfully while gazing dreamily at his leaf boat which is floating away past lily pads. Completing the scene is a series of faeries skating across the blue water and doing various ballet poses on the lily pads, interspersed with red lilies. Keeping the pallette fairly simple and limited it to blues, greens, and reds helped tie things together and keep it more cohesive.

This  painting is the first I ever completed on time for a competition (I had done one other for another artistsnetwork competition but missed the deadline by a few hours).  This particular painting is very special to me because it was done at a time when I was changing how I viewed myself from a person who “wanted to be an artist someday ”  to seeing myself as an artist–symbolized by the ripples in the sprites reflection. Also there are several areas in the painting that are a little off, such as the position of the sprite’s back leg, but as I have thought about it that has become symbolic to me as well. We all have things we let keep us from following our dreams. To me this painting is about moving on, and living the dream without letting those things stand in the way anymore–moving beyond the mental blocks of  “I can’t do that because” and just believing in ourselves and doing it anyway.

The title “Midsummer Daydream” was inspired by how the wood sprite reminds me of Puck in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Midsummer Daydream

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The wood sprite creates ripples in his refection as he daydreams. Fairies dance on the lily pads and skate across the water while his leaf boat floats away to dreamland.

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I always used to think I was no good at setting and achieving goals. I have come to the realization that I just did not know how to get from the goal setting stage to actually achieving the goal. It never occurred to me when I was younger that what was stopping me from attaining my goals was not having a plan of action, or in other words not breaking it down into smaller steps that would eventually get me there.

For a long time I have wanted to be an artist, but did not think it was possible to make any money on it in the near future. About six months ago I decided to quit listening to my own negative self talk and start believing that it is possible for me to be a real honest to goodness getting paid for it artist. I quit listening to my own excuses. I had told myself that I did not “have time” to paint, or I didn’t deserve to paint ( because the house was a mess), or it won’t sell anyway, so why bother?

What led to this drastic change in my attitude?

Well, first of all, a catastrophe of sorts happened in our family. Things had been going great, we had just bought our first house and a brand new car. Life was good. We even had a dog. Then the proverbial “stuff’ hit the proverbial fan. My wonderful hardworking husband got news that his employer was closing their doors and he would be out of a job. He looked really hard for work, but there just wasn’t anything in our area in his area of expertise that paid anywhere near what he had been making before. After a few months of that, I quit being a stay at home mom and and got a job through a temp agency locally so we could afford to send him to a vocational school. The original plan was to have me work for just a month or two until he could get us back on our feet financially. A few months turned into almost a year.

The first temp agency looked at my application and nearly laughed me out of their office. I was humiliated. I am a hard worker, really. but I have put a high value on raising my own kids, so the few “real” jobs I have had were temporary and few and far between. I went to a second agency and in shear desperation took a swing shift job that required repetitive lifting of up to 50 lbs by myself and up to 100 lbs with help. I have a mild case of scoliosis, so many of my family were very concerned that I might injure my back doing that kind of lifting. With lots of daily stretching before work ( and a lot of prayer) I managed to make it without throwing out my back. Anyway long story short, I figured if I was capable of doing that, I was capable of making my way as an artist–no matter how impossible it might seem. I also was highly motivated to find a way to help support our family without all the hassle of finding and keeping a reliable babysitter. Being out in the workforce had also taken a big toll on the kids and their performance in school.

During the year I spent working I would spend my free time –what little of it there was– brushing up my art skills through reading books on drawing and composition. Sometimes I visited online art forums and got advice from others about what steps to take when starting an art business. When I got off work early enough, and wasn’t too tired, I would work on a painting.

I had recently learned that I was capable of setting and achieving goals instead of just setting the goal and beating myself up emotionally when nothing happened. I had set a goal to lose 50lbs in 1 year. I got about halfway there in the course of a year on my own, and then I found a place called Sparkpeople.com which helped me learn more about achieving my goals and got me the rest of the way to my goal weight plus a little more. I also had a goal to improve the cleanliness of my home. I’m still working on that through a program called flylady.net, but I am seeing visible progress–which is a wonderful thing.

So, I started baby stepping into it. I bought some face paint and got some business cards (an investment of about 35.00 in all), then I borrowed a gazebo from a friend and set up shop at the local farmers market. I didn’t make very much money off of it, but it was a good chance to pass out business cards and do some networking. I also signed up for a place called Imagekind.com in order to sell some prints of my work. I added a link to my Imagekind gallery in my email signature. It was surprising to find how many of my friends and family members did not know I was an artist. A few months later I set up an account with Zazzle.com to put some of my art on things like greeting cards, tee shirts, and mugs.

One of the pieces of advice I had been getting pretty consistently from other artists was to get a blog. I have to admit I was really dragging my feet on this one. It sounded like a LOT of work to figure out how to do one, and then a lot of work to keep it going. Finally I decided to take the plunge and spent several days looking into different sites and comparing options. I really needed something free -or at least pretty close to it — for now. I was hoping to find something in that price range that would allow me to both have a web site and a blog all together, because I felt like that would be less work for me to keep up and make things simpler as far a the number of web links for people to check out. I also wanted to either have no advertising on it or be able to have control over which ads were there (and then get paid for them). Oh, and it had to be easy to use (might as well dream big while I’m dreaming, right?).

I spent enough time with all the comparisons that I’m surprised I didn’t go cross eyed, but I finally decided to go with wordpress.com. Although I had heard quite a few people say they really like blogger.com because it was fairly easy to do, I had also heard from many others that they got lots of spam on it. I’m not too keen on getting spam myself. I had asked around on the forum at Imagekind and one of the people, who is also a respected author, said he uses wordpress and then hosts it on his own server, so he can write his own html and have adds that he gets paid for. I decided against hosting my blog on a separate server because of the cost for now, but I figure this using wordpress’s free blog will help me take that step when I am ready because I will already be familiar with their programming. Then I can go after my own advertisers if I want to, which I wouldn’t mind as long as I have complete control over what ads are on my blog.

It’s taken me 2 weeks to get my gallery and my bio page up and running, but I now officially have my own blog. My advice is if you have a dream, Go get it! Woo hoo! Now on to the next step in my quest to achieve my dreams…

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