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Drawn in by Pictures


Item#: 2015SYR07

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Drawn in by Pictures

poster information


Drawn in by pictures
Block out the rest of the world
Words are in my mind

I wrote this poem a couple of years ago. The woman I was working with took me to the P.E.A.C.E. picnic in Thornden Park. She had seen it in the New Times, and we just decided to go and see what it was about. There was origami, the poetry activity, and a picnic. The woman I work with enjoys poetry, so she wanted to do the activity. I really, honestly, have no interest in poetry. I don't read it. I don't write it. She was able to talk me into it, telling me, “Write about something you enjoy””and I enjoy reading.

I've been an avid reader since first grade. I enjoy historical fiction and war time novels: Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, and Vince Flynn are favorites. They pull you right in. It's not like you're seeing words on paper, you're seeing what happens in the book in your head, kind of like a movie.

I always thought the Armory Square park with the shot clock would make a nice picture. I've always liked parks in cities because it seems weird to have this area with trees and grass in the middle of an area where you can't find a patch anywhere. As people, we need to have some nature around us. I didn't want the picture to be super-realistic, so I started with the line drawing first, then put down a yellow wash. I tried to make all the colors by mixing something else with the yellow on the page, giving it a unified feel. This gave everything a nice yellowish glow. I like the yellow because it almost has the nostalgic feeling of a long gone summer day. There were some beautiful buildings in the background, but I prefer the organic shapes of the trees in the foreground. It makes the space feel fun and friendly.