Writing Prompt Pit Stop: PoMoSco #23 Click Trick

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! I didn’t get this one completed on the 23rd because of grading and going to auditions for a play that I’m directing, so I had to go back and do it as I plan to get all 30 poems in for the 30 days of National Poetry Month! So for this PoMoSco prompt, we were to use a computer program to create our “erasure” poem. I used Paint and Microsoft Word since I didn’t have time to play around with the free version of Photoshop…which I used to know a bit about…but that was years ago! Here is my Click Trick poem, “Reputation.” Enjoy!

Here is the Day 23 prompt, Click Trick:

Start by gaining access to Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat. Free 30-day trials of both software programs can be downloaded at http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html.

You’ll also need a digital copy of your source text in an image or PDF format.

If you are using Adobe Photoshop:

Open your source text in Photoshop — when you do so, it automatically opens the image in its own layer. Add a new layer on top of your source text. Select the brush tool and choose a color swatch of your choice. You can use the eyedropper tool to select the color of your page background (for a true erasure look), or select another color of your choice. Paint over your source text, obscuring lines until only the words of your erasure poem remain.

For a video tutorial, watch Jenni B. Baker’s 8-minute demonstration of how she creates erasure poems for her Erasing Infinite project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T__RD1aDsPY.

Save your completed work as an image file (JPG or PNG preferred).

If you are using Adobe Acrobat:

Open your source PDF text in Acrobat. Navigate to the “Tools” then “Protection” Toolbar. Click “Mark for Redaction” and then drag your cursor over the sections of the text you wish to remove. Click “Apply Redaction” to remove that section permanently. By default, Adobe places a black bar over any redacted text; however, you can change this color (to white, for instance) under “Redaction Properties.”

For a video tutorial, watch How Tech.Office’s demonstration, “How to Redact in Adobe Acrobat”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Cm4Owomlg

Save your completed work as either an image file (JPG or PNG) or a PDF.

The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 23. 25 Apr 2015.

Visual Art Immersion

June was when I last posted on my blog. I feel bad about that, because I’d intended on posting a blog a week once I started; however, the purpose for starting this blog was to find my way back to my passion for the visual arts and to sustain it this time.I’ve accomplished much of that goal this summer, and for that I have no apologies. I started out by being inspired by a quote I found by Georgia O’Keefe. From there, I read a book of her letters, Lovingly, Georgia, and then a book about her: How Georgia Became O’Keefe by Karen Karbo, and found them both inspirational. My friend, Glenn , and I went to all of the Art Walks this summer in downtown Toledo, Ohio. We attended Art in the Park in Plymouth, Michigan, and the huge Ann Arbor Street Fair which was a show that I’d helped prepare art for when I worked in the studio of F. B. Fogg, back when my dear friend, Ann Johnson owned it, but had never had the chance to attend. I also dragged Glenn (who at one point said he’d been “art-ed out!”) to the Cleveland Museum of Art where we saw a great exhibit, Youth and Beauty, to the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, and then this past weekend we went to one of my favorite places of all time: The Art Institute of Chicago. I got to see Hopper’s Nighthawks, which is a favorite, and not always there since it goes out on loan. In college, during one of my drawing classes, the professor told me that my style reminded him of Hopper, and I’ve never forgotten that (no, that’s not why I’m attracted to his work, but it doesn’t hurt). In addition, I found that there’s an entire gallery devoted to Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, and then there’s van Gogh, who I’ve loved since I first saw his work when I was in high school. I was also happy to see the special exhibit, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, before it closes on September 3rd.  If all that weren’t enough, I’ve had a wonderful correspondence the past few weeks with Ann, who has been so inspirational to me since she was my art teacher in high school – and again, she’s given me so many words of wisdom and encouragement. Nevertheless, all of this art immersion wouldn’t have the same impact if I actually didn’t do art myself. And I’m happy to report that things are starting to happen – I’m actually starting to be productive in the visual arts again. I’ve taken part in the Toledo Museum of Art‘s Doodle! where they actually put my doodle up as one of the featured Doodles! of the week. Some of my art is on exhibit at Way Library in Perrysburg, Ohio, through September 20th – with some new pieces in it. And, here’s a couple of other drawings I’ve completed – so far:

A drawing I made for a friend

The drawings are both done in soft pastel. I plan to utilize more pastels in my work, but I’m also anxious to get back to some oil painting. School starts for me next week, so I’m hoping to not only be more faithful to my blogging, but to keep up my productive trend with my visual art, and to continue, as always, with my poetry – as I keep up with all of my classes that I teach so that I can keep doing what I’m doing.