Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m sharing a definito poem this week, from the Poetry Sister’s September poem prompt. Thanks Heidi Mordhorst for creating this form! And thanks to all the Poetry Sister’s for the prompt: Laura, Tanita, Mary Lee, Liz, Kelly, Sara, Tricia, and Andi. You can find more of these poems tagged with #PoetryPals.
Last week I offered a few words about something brewing… Well it’s brewed and begun. I’m teaching a Color Theory Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Continuing Studies. We had our first class last night, and we are on our way! In honor of this I dipped into Johannes Itten’s 12 Part Color Circle for poem fodder. The poems a bit drafty as I’m a bit busy, in a very good way! I also shared my Gourdian Finch and Gourds painting, as it shares many of the colors from the 12 part wheel.
I’m going on a spectrum hunt
to capture a rainbow of color,
available on an artist’s palette
or digi-screen displaying RGB.
I’m scouting for 12 to create
artful balance and harmony.
There’re primaries, secondaries and intermediaries.
Let’s start with red–blue–yellow—Got you!
Next red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green,
yellow-green and yellow orange—color-licious oh whoa…
Ta-da! We found you, our spectacular 12 part color spectrum hues!
© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft
The dynamic, ever so talented poet, writer, artist, and more, Tabatha Yeatts is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Tabatha! Be sure to stop by her blog, Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.
A class on color theory. Not that’s something I’d enjoy! Thank you, Michelle, for your color-licious poem too. (Great word!) xo
I’ve just been thinking about getting a color wheel to help me choose fabric for quilting. It’s so interesting what complements what etc, and I’d love to learn more. Your poem captures the rainbow and the complexity of color. 🙂
Congratulations for starting the new class. I love that you showed us all those colors, Michelle! And I tried to find them in your painting, too. I think I found most! You’re teaching us, too!
Hooray for the color theory class!! Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the poem and for sharing that gorgeous finch and gourds painting. So autumnal!! 🙂
Wow! Congrats on your color course. I just visited the Art Institute this summer and could spend DAYS there, gazing at all the color. Enjoy!
Wow, congratulations on your class! I’ll just bet you’re busy! I’m LOVING your gourds and finch – wow! The colors simply swirl and sing and the poem bursts with the same exuberance for color. That vivaciousness is all the best things about this season.
Beautiful art and beautiful poem! Congratulations on your color theory class. The Art Institute always calls me when I’m in Chicago.
Michelle, I am so excited for you to teach a color theory class. Your modeling in poetry form and artwork will be a huge contribution to your students. Your autumn drawing is beautiful and so realistic. While Linda tried to find all the colors from the wheel in your drawing, I chose to just stare in wonderment. Congratulations.
Wow! Your painting is so vivid and beautiful! I’m with Carol staring “in wonderment.”
I love the voice in your poem! I especially love these lines “There’re primaries, secondaries and intermediaries./Let’s start with red–blue–yellow—Got you!/
Now green–orange–violet—Woo-hoo!” so much fun! How wonderful for you teaching a color theory class at the Chicago Art Institute! Enjoy! Thank you for your inspiration.
Wow! Not just teaching a class–but teaching it THERE. Good job! I so enjoy studying things like color theory as an adult when as a young person–I just didn’t get the significance. Love the fodder for your poem and painting pair. As usual, you are spectacular at producing!
Michelle, your birdgourds are stunning! One of my favorites of yours ever, maybe *because* of the full range of hues. I add my congrats on your new venture (although I’m sure the material is old-hat for you), and I like how the 12 lines correspond to the 12 sections of the spectrum wheel!
Lucky students! I hope you have a blast teaching your class. The art and poem are lovely.
Congrats on the new class! What a coincidence — I watched a video today about color in cottage gardens where he talked about color theory (https://youtu.be/osG56zGm5Is) I don’t know what made it pop up in my YouTube suggestions, but I liked it!
Ooo, what a gourd-geous painting! Congrats, teacher! I’m sure you’re doing a spectacular job. I love the playfulness of those first couple of lines and the “Got you!” and “Woo hoo!” Such fun!
Perfect poem from the artist!
I love the phrase “spectrum hunt!” Thank you for sharing. 🙂
This was dreamy — and so inspiring. Thank you for the poem and the education!
An eye-popping colorful poem! And yay for the teaching, Michelle! Your students are lucky ducks.
Your opening line makes me wish I were going on this spectrum hunt with you — or maybe taking your color theory class!