Let me tell you a story. You shall see.

I don’t write. I paint.
A little pat here, a little daub there.
Need more colour, need more tones,
need to tone it down.

Start from the centre and build,
a puzzle to be solved.
Is a painting, like a story, ever finished?
I don’t think so.

Don’t ask me to start with a structure,
summary or plan.
I write by feel. I write by doing,
and see what unfolds.

31 thoughts on “Painting Not Writing

    1. Thank you, Kristian and hello. I like the make it up as you go along approach. I haven’t been to your site for ages. Are you still writing? I normally rely on RDP to find people, but of course there are so many writing prompts for people to choose from these days.

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      1. Hello, I must admit I don’t do much writing at the moment. I take part in the RDP word prompt occassionally but I am involved in the Word of the Day prompts. I love writing and also do the unplanned approach. Maybe my new years resolution will be to dedicate more time to writing again. Take care and hope the new year brings you many pleasant things 🙂

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  1. I have no idea at all what my creative process is. I’m with Fellini on that point. “I have a horror of set phrases that instead of explaining reality tame it in order to use it in a way that claims to be for the general good but in fact is no use to anyone. I don’t approve of definitions or labels. Labels should go on suit-cases, nowhere else. Myself, I should find it false and dangerous to start from some clear, well-defined complete idea and then put it into practice. I must be ignorant of what I shall be doing and I can find the resources I need only when I’m am plunged into obscurity and ignorance. The child is in darkness at the moment he is formed in his mother’s womb.”

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    1. I should send that quote to some of our Aussie politicians who have been telling us about how good living with covid will be because we can get get back to our Australian way of life. They actually say that, Martha! Isn’t it interesting how some people know where they are going and how and why they’ll get there? I’m with you and Fellini.

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  2. I don’t paint. I write.
    A simple word here, an unheard phrase there.
    Need more metaphors, need more alliteration
    need to count syllables.

    Start from the end and write,
    a puzzle to be solved.
    Is a poem, like a story, ever finished?
    I don’t think so.

    Don’t ask me to start with a structure,
    summary or plan.
    I write by feel. I write by doing,
    and see what unfolds.

    There! This is how I write. Absolutely love it, Tracy! ❤️

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      1. It was already perfect, Tracy, I just changed a few words. No, I don’t ever count syllables except for when I respond to a prompt which requires that. I totally agree each poem has its own rhythm and I usually recite my poems to myself and tweak them as required.

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  3. Hi there – I don’t know you, but your work resonates with me on a personal level.
    Everything you say here are thoughts I have also had and written down.
    In fact, I was close to naming my book “Arcane resolutions of an insentient mind” and I actually published something on another platform under that name.

    I am quite similar to what you described – I only dabble in art and writing, painting and drawing – but it’s the expression of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions through these mediums that truly bring forward the nature of the individual and help others connect and identify with the art in ways that help them reflect on themselves all the same. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be real.

    Keep making great work!

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