Last Thursday I challenged you to share something good about yourself. It was wonderfully inspiring to see people respond to the challenge. I encourage you do it again this week, tell me something good about yourself, or if you still find that too difficult, how about this, tell me something good about a friend of yours. Pick just one friend and tell me all the wonderful things you love about that friend. We can do another friend next week.
I want to tell you about my friend Laura Salas. If you don’t know Laura’s books or poetry, you should. Her website is full of kinds of all fun stuff as is her blog. I met Laura years ago in an online critique group and while we have only had the pleasure of being in person together twice (once at the Chautauqua conference and once at KidLit con) we have maintained our friendship via emails and Skype calls. She’s an awesome cheerleader to have on your team and terrific critiquer as well. If you already know Laura, you know of her generous heart and unending support of poetry. She wants poetry to be easy and accessible for everyone and she works hard to make that happen. For the past, shoot, four or five years (Laura, help me remember here) she has done a Thursday poetry exercise called Poems of 15 Words or Less. Every Thursday she posts a photograph and invites people to share their poetic responses in the comments. The only catch is that it has to be 15 words or less.
I can’t believe how long she has been doing this and that every single Thursday, she comes up with something to say about the photo she posts. I have participated on and off but I confess, sometimes the pictures don’t inspire me and I just have to let it go. But for a while there I was doing the 15 Words or Less on a pretty regular basis. I saved the photos to my computer, along with my poems, knowing I didn’t want to lose my words but I didn’t know what else I might do with them.
Then I started art journaling and I knew that my collection of 15 Words or less poems would be perfect in an art journal. I had so much fun creating art pages and then adding Laura’s photos and my words. I ended up with a lovely fat book that still surprises me when I turn the pages.
But the story doesn’t end there. As some of you who follow me on Facebook might know, last night I participated in my first art show. One of the pieces on display was my Laura Salas inspired Art Journal! I can’t even put into words the thrill of standing at one end of the gallery and peeking down toward the other end and watching complete strangers flipping the pages, nodding their head at something they read.
Thank you, Laura, for the idea of 15 Words or Less inspiration, for the dedication to keeping it going, week after week after week (even when life is trying its best to beat you up) and for being the wonderfully supportive friend that you are.
I had eight other pieces in the show as well, from a series called “Notes From a Life”. I’ve included a few pages from the art journal and the individual pieces in the photos below. And it looks like I may have already sold my first piece.
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Your turn, tell me something wonderful about a friend of yours.
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Congratulations on your show and sorry I wasn’t able to attend. Your art work is so beautiful.
Thanks, Shirley. It would have been great to see you but I understand. Mac and I are talking about trying to do lunch one of these Fridays. Maybe you can join us?
Thanks for the shout-out, Susan, but this is all you!
Congratulations on being part of this show–your work looks wonderful. My favorite pieces (besides the 15WOL book, of course!) are the ones with the dancing Japanese women, the one with the theater mask for the dad, and the EAT. But they’re all lovely.
And so funny that you asked about when 15WOL started. I just had to look that up myself for an interview. We’re early on in the 5th year of it right now, from its Wordy Girls days:>)
Thank you, Laura. Five years? That’s awesome!
Love to! Bring some art work!!
WOW!!! Your artwork is stunning!
Your art is beautiful and your website is inspiring. I’m so glad to have met you!
Sarah (From the MB8)
Thanks so much, Sarah.
I am just gobsmacked that you do so much – poetry and then on to collage art, and selling it! Wow. So, so beautiful.
Oh Tanita, Thank you so much for these kind words. I’m trying to have more fun.
I am so glad Laura sent us over to your site. I love how you turned your 15 WOL poems into art!
Thank you, Ellie. So happy to see you over here on the new blog. I thought I had responded to all the comments from within WordPress but I must have messed something up.
I’ve always loved your wonderful reflections. You and Cassie are an inspirational poem. Now with your beautiful Art Journal! Gorgeous! (That’s my musing for a friend I am grateful to call a friend. One day I hope you can show me your garden!)
Thank you Bobbi dear. I thought I had posted my replies. Obviously not. Duh!
I am happy to hear that I am an inspiration to you. I would love to show you my garden in person!
Well, you know I just did a post on FB reflecting on what some of my closest friends mean to me. :o)
Yes, and you made me cry!
WOW! Susan, bravo!
Excellent work. Some I remember from L-J shares. Great, great stuff. Talk about who’s inspiring who—I feel this great desire to get back to some collage work!
Thanks, Slatts! I always appreciate your artistic support.
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