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Once again, we as creative writing participants arrived ready to reveal our homework writing pieces. It was interesting to note how each of us had taken a considered approach to these writing pieces; how by sharing them within the group was an important part of the creative process and also a means to expressing details that revealed more and more about each of us as people.
THE CREATIVE WRITING HOMEWORK
For our last week’s homework creative writing piece, we were asked to write about a piece of furniture and after some reflection, I wrote about an old piece of furniture my family have had for many years. I called it ‘Treasured Memories’.
Title: Treasured Memories
“It stands currently in the corner of our living room, the side board that has been in my family all my married life of 34 years. My husband as a young man and before we met, had rescued it from the house next door to his mother and father’s home, when the old woman, who lived there had died and left behind a house full of old furniture. My husband lovingly restored it to its former glory!
Over the years, this side board has moved from house to house, as we did. Sometimes looking out-of-place and at other times blending in beautifully. It has curved legs and stands tall against a wall. Its mahogany timber is a dark, warm, honey colour and has been protected by a layer of varnish which shines in the light that streams in through the window. It has a flat board top, where our family photos sit proudly; and where a back timber board looks over them. Below this top board, there is situated to each side, a set of wooden shelves and wooded inlaid doors, with fancy antique lock handles. When the doors open, it has that old musky smell of a time long gone. In its centre, it has a set of heavy timber draws, which have been lined with pretty, flowered, scented draw liners.
This piece of furniture holds many dear and treasured memories of my adult life with my husband and children; and explains why it is still with us despite being a very heavy, old piece of furniture…”
Written by Karen Robinson 16/11/2014 ‘Copyright’ Protected
DURING THE CREATIVE WRITING SESSION
During the session, the creative writing facilitator had us create a number of writing pieces on (1) Moving; (2) then on a saying we had each chosen, mine was ‘never say never’; (3) and a final writing piece on something that we could sight from the balcony window where our session was being held – I called my writing piece “Black Power”.
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece ‘Treasured Memories’ to inspire an art work. I wanted to especially create an image based on the sideboard wooden texture characteristics and it beautiful honey tones using Matisse Acrylic Structure Paint. Four colours were used: (1) a very dark brown – almost black; (2) a lighter dark brown; (3) a mustard colour; (4) a orangey colour; (5) and then a light metallic gold. I then used the end of a fine paint brush handle to etch in a lining to reveal the first layer of the dark brown – almost black paint.
Thank you for joining me on this Creative Writing Group Session Journey! Please click on the below links to view Nos. 1 & 2 Creative Writing Group Sessions:
- Creative Writing Group Session 1 of 6 – “The Happy Box”
- Creative Writing Group Session No. 2 of 6 – “The Face Mask”
NB: For the purposes of this weblog series “Creative Writing Group”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions. Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session. I hope you will understand.
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I love how the painting suggests the life journey of this sideboard, not just its presence today. There is such life in your paintings, Karen. I’ve enjoyed every piece and especially the stories.
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Thank yoy Judy for taking the time to read and comment of my weblog on the sideboard. It really makes a different to hear that my efforts have been appreciated. I really like the fact that you saw the lining in this art work piece like the routes/paths we take in life. How they can take us this way or that way depending upon the decisions we make….warm regards….Karen