Today I am featuring the artwork of Madeline Laughs of the WordPress blog Spread Information: Stop the Madness. I’m excited about this feature because it is a style of artwork completely new to WTOE! Be sure to check out Madeline’s fantastic blog, where she, Regyna Longlank, and other contributing writers and artists cover a variety of topics, from dealing with negative personality types to the hazards of modern-day beauty standards!
And only two hours late (hit some snags . . .)!
When you have a minute or two, go check it out! There is no need to comment immediately. I entitled the photo album A Gallery of Answers for a reason. My hope is that people will treat it like an art gallery, peruse the various answers at their leisure, take some time to think about it (and look at/think about each artist’s work), then comment when they feel inclined to share in the discussion.
Comments should be posted either on the Ponderingspawned facebook homepage, or in the comments sections for the gallery. If the comment is for a specific response, then post it as a comment for that specific image. General comments should go on the Ponderingspawned homepage (there is a status update where you should put your comments, it’s hard to miss).
I’d like to take a minute and give a VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has participated so far! I’m truly grateful to all of you for sharing your artwork and ideas with me and the world!
Ponder on you beautiful bloggers (and thank you Life of Kylie for turning me on to the phrase “ponder on”)!
Today I am featuring the artwork and ideas of Grayson Queen. I love his paintings! Below you will find several more paintings than what I included in the header. You can purchase a 23 page image story he created here. Enjoy the feature for today, and be sure to check out Grayson’s blog and his website!
The Magnificent Artwork of Grayson Queen (doot doo doo doooooo!):
These are some particularly awesome posts on Grayson’s blog:
To send me your arts!
I do not have anything to feature this week, so if you have been thinking to yourself “oh, I’ll get around to that eventually,” the time has come for eventually to become today!
Be one of the first ten featured artists who’s answers and work will begin the discussion! This is a rather prized position as your work will be featured this Friday, March 8th–which is the same day the discussion will begin on the Ponderingspawned facebook page!
What are you waiting for!?!
Gather your piles of art, sift through them, take pictures, do some last minute editing, then send them to me at ponderingspawned at gmail dot com! Don’t forget to answer the question what drives you to create, include any links other than your blog you would like me to include in the post, let me know what name you would like me to use if you prefer something other than your name or the name of your blog.
I’m going to continue to write complex sentences filled with far too many commas until you do (no, not really)!
Even if you choose not to participate, I do hope you enjoy all of the artwork and ideas from past participants which I am featuring this week and next!
All this week and next (excluding Friday, when a new artist will be featured), I will be showcasing the past participants for World Through Our eyes. Today I am (re)featuring the very first artist to participate, Wendy (my mom)! As part of Two Weeks of WTOE, each day my header will change to showcase a different artist who has participated!
On Friday, March 8th (this Friday), I will be opening up discussion regarding the questions of what drives creation and why it is important on Ponderingspawned’s Facebook page! Be sure to check out the page and like it before then. While none of the artwork will be shown on that page, I will be creating a gallery of each artist’s answer to the question!
Do you have something to add to the discussion? Would you like to have your artwork and thoughts showcased and remonstrated upon? It’s easy, all you have to do is:
1. find some art you would like to have featured. It can be anything you consider art. Poetry, images, paintings, sculptures (even ones made from mashed potatoes, but not whirled peas–whirled peas don’t get a chance)! Take pictures, edit, do what is necessary to get that art in an email and then
2. Attach your art to an email. Answer this question: What drives you to create? Include any blog or website links you would like included in your feature, also let me know what moniker you would like to go by if you do not want your real name used.
3. Email your submission to ponderingspawned at gmail dot com.
All submission will be used, this is not a contest! This is a platform for discussion, a burgeoning digital community, and a chance for you to show off artwork that might not be seen otherwise!
Don’t leave your genius sitting in a corner, let the world see how you see the world!
Yep, that’s right folks, I’m featuring myself this week! Why? Because I’m just that ing cool! Just kidding! it’s really because I didn’t get any submissions, so you’ve forced my hand dear readers (yeah Stephen King, I stole it, what you gonna do?). Now I have to answer the question I’ve been dogging all of you to answer! Guess it’s only fair!
I’ve included a mix of graphic design (I prefer digi art, graphic design always makes me think of pixelated porn), a very old post, and a photograph that captures a weird light effect. I chose to showcase these three modes of creation because they are the ones I most often employ, and right now they are the ones that most elicit the emotion I talk about in my response.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this week’s WTOE segment. If I get no submissions next week I don’t know what I’ll do, so please send me your arts!!!
Well, technically I’ve always been on facebook, but now Ponderingspawned is on facebook too!
Go check it out here!
Also, I have no World Through Our Eyes submissions to feature this week (oh no!). Really it’s my fault, I haven’t been plugging it nearly enough!
So I’m plugging it now! Send me your arts!
Email them to ponderingspawned at gmail dot com, answer the question of “What drives you to create,” and let me know what name you would like to use for the feature and any links other than your blog you would like included in the write-up!
I’m all out of sugar, cherries, and gold. So, pretty please with hugs, love, and puppies on top?!?!
I have this terrible problem,
I can’t survive without your arts!
Ack, I’m dying!
Quick, put your arts in an email and send them to ponderingspawned at gmail dot com!
Answer this question: What drives you to create?
Not only will I survive to write another day, your art and answer will be featured on Ponderingspawned. If you like how the header image for this post looks, imagine having one of your very own, something made just for you!
When ten artists have been featured, I’ll be creating a gallery and hosting a discussion regarding the artwork and answers.
Good question with a lot of different answers, and here they are!
5. Because the “gallery” will be both a showcase for your art, and a platform for discussion, making it two things in one (and we all know that things that are actually two things are the best things of all).
All right, now that you’ve read through the reasons and followed the links you should check out this page for the few rules for submission and then SEND ME YOUR ARTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today I am featuring a painting by Matt Chase of the blog Matt Chase International. I’m also going to do something a little new. I’m going to include several links at the bottom of posts from the blog Matt Chase International in hopes that more people will give him a visit! I usually try to link to the blog as many times as possible in my WTOE posts, please read today’s aside (published just before this post) for further details (and thank yous).
Matt does a lot of soul searching and then takes it one step further by using what he’s learned by helping himself, to help others. I once had a discussion with a very intelligent person regarding how a person cannot help others if that person is also need of help, and it’s nice to see this put in to practice!
When you’re done taking a gander at the beautiful painting featured below, take a little breather down at Matt Chase International.
One last little note: I love how Matt saved the image as My Genius.
I’m writing to you today because a certain silly old bear finds himself feeling a little more like an Eeyore.
You see, Winnie the Pooh loves making and sharing art with his friends.
Even more than that, he loves to ponder.
Putting those things together makes Winnie the Pooh almost as bouncy as Tigger!
Winnie the Pooh has been very excited about World Through Our Eyes, but alas! There is only one submission left to share with you! This means next week’s post will look mighty bare, which makes our silly old bear very sad indeed.
All is not lost for there’s still time! Follow these rules and send your arts to ponderingspawned at gmail dot com and Winnie the Pooh will be feeling better faster than you can say the word imagination!
Fanpop, Pooh and Piglet making art
Nathan Jara, Pondering Pooh
The Consummate Button Masher, Eeyore
DudeLOL, Obese Pooh
Sue Thinks Slim, Tigger
This week I’ll be making some changes to my blog, playing catch-up, and branching out (details to follow); What better way to aid myself in this endeavor than by continuing the trend of publishing things from my “poo” files, both here and on Wattpad?! Winnie the Pooh is my poster child for this, why?
Because Winnie the Pooh is awesome, and he is much cuter than actual poo! So join Winnie the Pooh and Ponderingspawned too as we share with you excerpts from my files of Poo! You shall enjoy it, I’m sure you will do, as I’ve been told things that rhyme are more oft than not true! Okay, I’m done. Lol, here is today’s excerpt (and explanation).
Sudden kisses tasting sweetly of peppermint
Had hiding on the porch from the borders of our shyness
In a secret moment sounding sweetly of crickets and cars
We start something new and silently explosive
I’ve always written poetry, though I’ve never really liked my own attempts. This is a short one I wrote after the first time I kissed my fiancee. I’ve always had very big issues with trust, and he is one of three men I’ve ever had a relationship with (I would also hazard to say that the first “relationship” I had was more of a fling). I felt something electric when our lips touched, and part of me knew that he would change my life (I’m pretty sure that part of me knew it when we met for the first time four years before, but I’m also given to romanticizing things).
About a year or so into our relationship, I awoke one morning with a story in my head entitled The Electric Tango. A feverish hour of writing (with The White Stripes song Conquest on repeat), and I had a short story–one that I would eventually tear to pieces with editing. No worries, I saved the original. Anyway, I believe this story is a representation of the changes that were taking place within me as I learned to let go of myself and trust. Until now it too had a home in my Poo file, but no more! Today I have published The Electric Tango on Wattpad, and you can read it here (though you might have to log in, or join).
So I suppose this is a three part endeavor. Part one is sharing, both here and on wattpad, part two is explanation, and part three is (hopefully) an increased understanding of the complex interplay between emotion and intellectual–conscious and subconscious–from which writing, and all sorts of things, arise. If you include the blog changes and branching out, it’s a four part endeavor!
I hope you enjoy the poem and story (if you decide to visit/join the land of Wattpad and give it a read, that is). If you enjoy reading, Wattpad is worth joining even if you don’t want to read my story! I also hope you have a beautiful day!
This week I am featuring baked art from Abigail Lu of Artisticmilestone (love that name!). I’m excited to be able to feature a form of art that is completely new to World Through our Eyes! Be sure to check out Abby’s blog and see what other delicious recipes (and awesome family values) Abby has to share! Without further ado, here is the baked art of Abigail Lu (I couldn’t help myself, I had to rhyme it).
Would you like to have your work featured as part of World Through Our Eyes? Follow the instructions on this page and send me your arts!
Today I am featuring the drawings of fellow blogger Controlled Chaos, of the blog The Illusion of Controlled Chaos, who has submitted some abstract pieces and hand-drawn renderings of Garfield cartoons (my favorite animated cat!). I thought the Garfield drawings were traced, but they are not (my fiancee and I were incredibly impressed when we realized this).
I thought I was going to have to get super creative with the header image for Controlled Chaos because, in answer to my question, she wrote me a short novel (which I am in no way complaining about). In the end it turned out that her artwork (featured below) made a perfect background to her words. The snippet about Teddy Bear’s Involuntary Adventure is from her blog, The Illusion of Controlled Chaos.
Controlled Chaos provided many more abstract drawings and Garfield sketches, and here they are !
(Note: click on the image to see it full size)
While reading It by Stephen King I was reminded of one of my favorite bits of Faulknerian wisdom: “. . . memory knows before knowing remembers.” I was struck by this phrase when I came across it in Light in August and couldn’t quite grasp its meaning—not for lack of trying, either. It would be years before the meaning finally, as it always does, fell into place easily and without effort.
One of the key characters in It is a writer. Almost in passing—a brief phrase out of a thousand pages—the narrator notes that one of his short stories is actually about the childhood death of his brother, though the writer is unaware of the fact. I stopped reading for a minute while something clicked into place. I’d just skimmed across a direct example of an idea that had eluded me for years. Not only that, I’d done the same before (writing short stories without realizing I’d put myself or my memories into them)! It was an exciting moment (because I am indeed a huge nerd).
I’m popping in to your lives for a moment to remind you about those drifts of creation you have just piling up everywhere. Don’t leave it sitting in a corner! Do something with it, send it to me (ponderingspawned at gmail dot com) and answer this question:
What drives you to create?
So that together we can create a showcase that is also a platform (things that are really two things are the coolest things of all) from which to discuss the nature of creation and artistic endeavor.
What could you send? Anything! Sculpture, painting, writing, mathematical equations (seriously, that would be neat, I like math–even if I rarely understand it), and so much more. If you feel like it’s art, it is!
When I have ten features/answers, I will put them together to make a gallery. On the gallery page people will be encouraged to engage in a comment thread to discuss everything and anything relating to the project!
Join the fun, join the discussion, join the YMCA! Wait, scratch that last one . . .
Please read the instructions/explanation offered on this page before sending me your arts.
You do not have to be a part of wordpress to participate. I can link to pinterest, facebook, twitter, or even nothing at all!
I saw an awesome picture entitled Rift on Windhound’s blog, and I had an immediate reaction to it which expressed itself as poetry. The original image can be found on Windhound’s blog, Dragonshades, where you will also find her literary reaction to her image (check the comment exchange). My poem is below!
there’s a rift inside this darkness
a silent edge of green
and we float across it daily
on words and melody
for fields of green are growing
and rifts widening as they close
soon a darkness showing
soon a darkness goes
Please, please, please click this link and see the original image (pretty please with sugar on top)!
For the third installment of this ongoing exploration, I am featuring Rainey Daze of
I first stumbled on Rainey’s blog on January 9th of this year when I was searching for other blogs to support a post I had written. What’s super interesting about that?
The tagline to Rainey’s blog is as follows: Poetry, Paintings, and Ponderings: Through My Eyes.
The word kindred comes to mind!
Without further ado, the artworks and thoughts of Rainey Daze: