Perhaps there is a name for the tendency to find the names of colors as appealing as the colors themselves. Some kind of synesthesia-type disorder. I don’t know. I just know that ever since I was a child I have loved the names of colors, in some cases more than the colors themselves. Pink, for instance.
In this week’s collage, colors arrive on the banks. This is, after all, the second to last collage in this particular series, which is super awesome and incredibly surprising, and I think it is time the banks of my sad specter and lonely fish king saw spring.
You’ll perhaps notice that in the above I have flawlessly merged an older version of my fish king with the sweatered man. It is nice to see that in later life he becomes an artist.
Color Field Prompt:
Step One: Flip through your magazine and find as many word-colors as you can; this may be more difficult than it would seem. Aim for at least 5. Feel free to grab some verbs & adjectives (such as “exotic,” “striking,” or “light”) as you go.
Step Two: Look into Color Field Paintings. Check out Sean Scully and Barnett Newman; Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler; Annie Truitt and the unforgettable Alma Thomas. You know what? Let’s give Alma one more link, since it is hard enough to be a woman on this list of painters but it is damn near impossible to be an African American woman: image search.
Step Two Point Five: Really look at them. Color field painting is not something you “get” or “don’t get.” I will not tolerate that attitude. If you don’t get it, you need to spend more time with it. Ok. So, I’m totally serious. Look at it until you understand. I bet one of these artists is really going to speak to you (this will be your inspiration, see below).
Step Three: It is time to make a poem. You have your words, you have your inspiration, and if you’ve looked at the paintings enough, you have your structure. Make a poem that pays the right amount of homage to color field painting.
Step Three Point Five: Now that you understand what you are doing, feel free to go back to your magazine and grab some more colors/adjectives/verbs.
Step Four: Arrangement is Everything. Your final creation does not have to make sense to anyone but you. But throw your reader a bone by dedicating your poem to the artist.
Speaking of incredible artists… do yourself a favor. Take a moment to explore the stunning paintings of my dear friend, (artist and musician) Jennifer Runck, at jenniferrunck.com. If none of the above inspired you, I am positive her work will.