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Drawing: Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper.
On a visit to a Central California beach, I was sitting and sketching and the poem below came to me.
A year or so later, I found the poem and decided to create a pencil painting for it. I set up a still life of shells I had collected over the years. The poem is written around the outside edge of the painting. I used this realistic still life as a metaphor for emotion. I tried to imagine what it must feel like for these living creatures who spend their lives being covered and uncovered by the seawater. My poem is sensual and with the outflow of the tide, it builds tension until the tide returns to cover the delicate inner souls of these creatures in a soothing bath of water.
The world flows in and out of consciousness like tide pools
My intensity is uncovered
my feelings bare and open
I am fragile and raw
The sensations grow
waves of emotion, intense and sharp
I am ready to explode
the dream, the world washes over me covering me like velvet
soft and warm until the next low tide.