My One Little Word for 2023 is "Curious." I am most curious in my art and writing. I have been pushing my self to try that different aspects of art. I love creating in mixed media, have shied away from loose watercolors (It's a thing). So yesterday, I had an opportunity to take a Loose Watercolor Florals from Pamela Sue Johnson. There's a technique with holding the brush. There's a technique with paper towels, there's letting go and letting the colors bloom.
This is as far as we got in a three hour time. Time to let this set and give room for the next step to detail and finish. It's for of like writing. You write a draft and then let it sit, let it percolate. Yesterday, I was really pleased with one and not so much with the other. Now, I can see what comes next. I can be curious about the process.
I am loving my word, curious, for 2023. It makes me slow and wonder a bit. What makes you curious?
Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink is hosting Poetry Friday along with sharing the wonderful exchange of New Year Postcards. Which is a co-inky-dink as I am sharing as well. (Just as a poem sunburst)
Something I am curious(my 2023 OLW) about this year is what it feels like to submit more poems with intention. I am trying to live by the idea that if you never submit, you'll never get published.
I discovered Southern Arizona Press recently which publishes several anthologies a year. They had a call for love poems and one of mine was accepted along with poetry friend, Moe Phillips.
I also found out that another poem and two photos will be in the upcoming volume 13 of the Poeming Pigeon in the fall, 2023,
And with submitting, you get those rejection notices. Which happened recently.
Keep submitting is my mantra. If you follow Jane Yolen on social media, she frequently speaks of wins and rejections.
Spiritual Journey Thursday
This year, as part of my OLW, CURIOUS, I am exploring writing about my spiritual journey each month.
This month, Robert Hamera asks the question about what colors make up your life.
I have been thinking about colors a lot of late especially in creating a OLW art piece for curious.
Blues and greens are the colors of my life. The ocean, water, trees and plants are touchpoint for me. This past weekend, being at the coast is what I needed; to be surrounded by the vastness of the ocean.
I am a seeker and naturally curious. Once I had my aura photographed.(somewhere in my buried files I still have it) It was a turquoise blue. A color of calm and creativity. A color of compassion and listening. I identify with all of these.
between the storm clouds
©draft, jone rush macculloch
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry Friday, Week 2: My OLW Reveal
Welcome to Poetry Friday. Susan at Chicken Spaghetti has hosting duties today.
In December my One Little Word came to me: CURIOUS.
It was right around when I met Pamela Sue Johnson, a local mixed media artist. I took her online class last Sunday to create an image with my OLW.
As I enter a new decade in sixteen days (or have I already entered it? A friend said when I turned 69, I entered my 7th decade) I have been thinking a lot of the importance of staying CURIOUS. Curious and asking the question: "What if" has me teaching an online class (I fell like I am facilitating it), submitting poems, and creating art.
It's the first Friday of the new year and 7 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink is hosting us all.
Do you want some poetry challenges to start the year?
Heidi from the Inklings suggested that we using the “The Lost Lagoon” by Mohawk poet, Emily Pauline Johnson (d. 1913) “to build your own poem FOR CHILDREN about a treasured place that you return to again and again (geographical or metaphorical).”
#PoetryPals challenges us to write a poem inspired by something overheard.
All photos and poems in these blog posts are copyrighted to Jone Rush MacCulloch 2006- Present. Please do not copy, reprint or reproduce without written permission from me.
2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing