Our very first ekphrastic Sunday session was incredible. This past Sunday, we had our first online art talk and writing session. We had a great turnout, and did some outstanding creative writing together, looking at work by Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck, Indigenous Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau, American abstract expressionism by Arshile Gorky, Mexican folk art, and paintings of place by Manuel Amado, John Singer Sargent, and Kim Dorland. It was a great discussion and generated some wonderful poetry and stories.
We got some great feedback from participants about timing for the writing exercises, and other pointers, so the next sessions will be even better.
Our vision for these sessions is to have a regular drop in for interactive discussions about visual art and generative writing exercises. I want to share the many ways that art inspires me and help lead you on a journey of discovery through art. The selected paintings will always be varied in style and origin, and include familiar and unexpected selections. I will give some background for each artwork or artist and show you some ways you can engage with art to deepen and expand your poetry and stories.
Those who want to share their process, their thoughts, or what they have written have the opportunity to do so.
I can't thank you enough for coming and being part of this ekphrastic community as it grows.
The next workshop is on July 11 and then on August 15. Join us!
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