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#SOL16. No.10.

June 2014
Somehow, from somewhere, a notice about an email drawing class came to my attention. I was intrigued by the idea of taking a course via email. And I’ve always wanted to do more sketching, more drawing. I believe drawing goes hand in hand with writing. And it was a plus that the dates fell in one of my rare weeks with neither a business trip nor a holiday. So, I registered for the course.

Each day, for seven days, I received an email-lecture with links to helps. At the bottom of each email was an assignment. When I completed the assignment, I was to post my work on the social media of my choice.

On June 8, the assignment was to sketch an object from nature. I sketched a rose four times on scraps of cheap copy paper, and when I finished, I took a couple snapshots and posted the assignment.

Then, because I was also journaling about the course, taking time to be reflective about my learning, I trimmed  my sketches, pasted them on a journal page, and wrote.


July 2014
About a month later, I read my reflection, wrote The Assignment, and posted it to my Facebook page.

The Assignment

The night has grown late
And my assignment’s not done!
What will I sketch?

Drooping her head before me,
In yesterday’s faded glory,
Cradled in a coke bottle,
Stands a single rose.
Ah, yes, the assignment?
To sketch an object of nature.

I lift the rose from the bottle,
Lay her gently
Upon my desk.
I sketch her full face.
Then turning her over,
I sketch her again.

She wilts
As she quietly waits.
Her petals begin to curl.
I move her again
And sketch her once more—
The assignment to complete.

Slowly I pick her up.
Her petals softly fall,
And as I think
To discard her,
She begs of me,
Draw one more.

Before this day becomes yesterday,
Before it is no more,
My rose I’ll draw once again.

© 2014 Alice Nine


March 2016
Today, months later, I brought these pieces–slices of life and learning–together as a single work.
I thumbed through my journals to find my sketches and notes.
I searched my Facebook page to find my poem.
I added some text and did a bit of revision.
I pushed my limits with technology and published them here on my Blog.

Always learning!

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