Monday, August 3, 2020

Weekly Theme:

Let the Words Frame Your Art

Sketch by Christina Ramos-Payne
Lyrics by Cat Stevens from the song "Oh Very Young"

Images can speak louder than words. JFK said "Let the word go forth." For this week's theme we will have the written word be the inspiration for our sketching. Pick a book, poem or song that is dear to you and interpret it through your art work.

"Listen to the Wind" Sketch by Sophie Cheung

If you listen to the wind, you can hear me again 
Even when I'm gone you can still hear the song
High up in the trees as it moves through the leaves
Listen to the wind and I'll send you my love ...

— from the beautiful song sung by Hayley Westerna. 

Some ideas and examples are as follows:

1. Be with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as you paint steamboats on the Mississippi River.
2. Dally with brushstroke painting to accompany quotes from Lao Tzu.
3. Create a painting of the Swiss Alps alongside words from a Sound of Music song.
4. Render some surreptitious characters from your favorite spy novel. 

These articles may give you some ideas:

When art meets literature - famous artwork inspired by literary greatness

"My Antonia" Sketch by Emily Stedman

"I always wanted to be a pioneer woman a la Willa Cather when I was a child—living out on the prairie, strong women, defending their home and children. It seemed exciting at the time! This is based on a picture called Women of the Prairie by Harvey Dunn."

Rumi Inspired Sketches by Jamie Williams Grossman

You get the idea, the sky's the limit. Have fun and remember to post your work on using the hashtag #nycurbansketchers and NUS (Non an Urban Sketch).

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