Arting for 365 Day 265: Gone

18 x 24" Watercolor and pinholes on paper

18 x 24″ Watercolor and pinholes on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The other night after my grandma passed away, my sister sent me the following piece of writing and asked if I could do something with it. I absolutely loved what she wrote and was easily inspired. Because her poetry invoked very concrete images, my interpretation is rather literal. I did, however, decide I wanted to abstract that imagery. I may add some more of the brighter blues down the road, but not just yet. I love this piece – probably for more than one reason.

By: Gail Richardson

Gone

Mostly, I remember her voice.

I don’t remember what she said.

I could guess, or try to conjure up what someone else might say they remember.

I just recall the sound.

I don’t know what I would do with

Grandma’s recorded voice –

Except that it wouldn’t be

Gone.

Not “smooth” or “silky” –

Almost crackly-

But not a cackle.

A zillion sand-sized bubbles

Popping in succession

The flicking and clicking of cards shuffled

Only quicker

And soft

And pushed through a voice,

Or a laugh,

Or a sharp stinging comment.

Air and water

Shushed

Through a faucet

Only coarser

And more

Abrupt.

Words of hers,

(I can’t say which ones),

Jagging briskly over

Fine cracks in my imagination.

Silvery scribbles

Slipping

Off the margins,

And I try to reel them back

Onto pages I can keep.

Day 265: Her Voice Scribbles DetailDay 265 Water Detail

Day 265 Cards Detail

7 thoughts on “Arting for 365 Day 265: Gone

  1. Thank you so much! I just got done looking at your work and feel the exact way about your line quality – so delicate.

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