Poetry Friday— Zentangle Poem and Art

Zentangle poem Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee, and Narcissus, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, Brush pen, Micron pen, and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I decided to take the plunge and try a zentangle poem, which was the poem prompt from the Poetry Sisters this month, thanks for this challenging and new to me prompt! What exactly is it… It’s a kind of erasure poem though using more pattern and Zen art at the same time. Here’s a link to some Zentangle Art, and a link to poet and writer, Kat Apel’s post where she devoted an entire post to many zentangle poems. If you would like to try a zentangle, tag your poems with #poetrypals. I bent the rules a bit in my version of a zentangle.

Here’s a little bit about my poem. The page of words I used are from an art catalogue of an Art Exhibit I’m currently in, WATERCOLOR USA 2021, at the Springfield Art Museum, in Springfield, Mo. The exhibit runs through August 29th, 2021. You can see the show virtually at the Museum’s link here. Although I did not receive any awards, I was mentioned in the catalogue which made me very happy—and it is this section of the Director of the Museum’s statement that I used as my text for the zentangle.

Here is my painting, Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee and Narcissus, that is in the exhibit:

Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee and Narcissus, © 2020, Michelle Kogan, mixed watermedia on paper. Find this as an archival print in my Etsy Shop.

Lovely Linda Mitchell at her blog A Word Edgewise is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Linda! She’s having a Clunker Line Exchange, so tow over any clunker to her post and fill up on a bevy more of poetry while you are there.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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18 Responses to Poetry Friday— Zentangle Poem and Art

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Wow! Did you do this digitally? I love how you used the painting from the show. Congratulations on being included!

  2. lindabaie says:

    I love ‘when life does not extend beyond your garden’, Michelle. You got it right there! Your zentangle is gorgeous, an exclamation point to your lovely painting at that art show. It all comes together beautifully!

  3. andisibley says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you used the art catalog and your painting to create the poem page. Thanks for joining us!

  4. Linda Mitchell says:

    Wow! I think you have to have a show of just zentangles! This is incredible…the words and the painting blend beautifully. It’s like walking into a forest looking at your work….really, really cool. I like the phrase, “contemporary moment.” Just beautiful, Michelle!

  5. Denise Krebs says:

    Love your painting and this whole post, Michelle, how your artwork “Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee in Key conjured intimacy of quarantine…” beautiful found lines in your zentangle.

  6. tee+d says:

    Ohhh, Michelle. You nailed it. I thought of you when I was tempted to do a watercolor wash – and TRUST ME, I made the right call in leaving it to you. This is truly stunning, and the poem is lovely!!! Yay! This is really a medium made for you.

  7. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, you are now the reigning queen of zentangle artistic expressions. Love the combined poem and art that shares a striking illustration against a beautiful thought. I love how you shared your work.

  8. I’m so glad you admit to bending the rules, as I did too (I called mine Zentangle-ish.) Everything about this is beautiful, but the colors especially—so joyful.

  9. Irene Latham says:

    I’m really digging the combination of your art with these words. Seems like a perfect fit for you, Michelle — lucky us! xo

  10. Laura Shovan says:

    This is gorgeous, Michelle! The phrase “conjured intimacy of quarantine” rings true for me.

  11. maryleehahn says:

    Well, you certainly took Zentangle to a whole new level! Yours is ZenArtAngle! But we would expect nothing less from you! 🙂 Congratulations on the mention in the catalogue and many huzzahs for this gorgeous combination of art and poetry!

  12. WOW! “when life does not extend beyond your garden” – love that. And of course your art, as always, makes me swoon. xo

  13. haitiruth says:

    This is so beautiful, Michelle! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. Wonderful, Michelle! Congratulations on your art exhibit. Your work belongs there.

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