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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Project Idea

I like to draw on jeans.  So let me know if you want me to draw on your jeans.  Here are pics of the inspiration pair that I doodled on while at work, and an example of a "serious" project pair.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

First Sold...

I sold my first painting.


One of the Club Q events' results.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fire Within

This painting was done at Club Q in Colorado Springs on August 5th, 2011 during an event had themed "Circus...." with dancers of all kinds and music, and I was "hired" to paint what I was inspired to paint because of the show and that atmosphere that night. This is what I came up with. Any thoughts?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Came across this website and I thought it was a good read about some modern poets brought to you by a Professor in Vermont: Modern Poetry

I found his discussion of why poetry is important compelling. And for obvious reasons I have a vested interest in those who believe poetry to be important.

Poetry is important to me because it can often express emotions that seem inexpressible, or that might need to be expressed but are kept secret because of fear of their expression. It is also important to me because of its relationship to music. If I hadn't begun writing poetry again I would never have been able to have the courage to write lyrics for the songs that my husband had been writing. We've been together 6 years and have only over the past year attempted to write songs. Last night we completed a 9th song. We have ideas brewing for the 10th, 11th and 12th as well. Jeremy believes this to be quite an accomplishment especially when comparing it to the band he was in. They called themselves "Halo" and had some sort of album with one truly completed song, got an in to submit it to a producer, but received feedback that the songs were redundant. He spent years with the two guitarists of the band, jamming, but found it nearly impossible to actually write songs. So in this partnership, where we seem to be able to write a song in about two nights with only a couple of hours of work time after I get home from my job, sacrificing sleep to do so, he feels that we have the potential to become a true music producing "band." If we could find more time we would probably already have an album produced- anyone want to babysit?

I have heard people say that my lyrics are deep, and this is in direct relationship to the fact that I write poetry. Had I merely sat down to write lyrics without any background in writing poetry the songs would probably have a lot of "baby, yeah, yeah, yeah" sorts of parts. Luckily, as a poet first, and lyricist second, I attempt to do something with lyrics. Yes, entertainment is definitely part of the point of both poetry and song-writing, but I do want to take people on some kind of journey, make sure that something is felt, something maybe learned or discovered, and give the listener/reader time to reflect. And though I do want to gain a readership/listeners of what is produced, neither I nor Jeremy are trying to cater to any particular group. We just do what we do. And so far we are enjoying the journey...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Walt Whitman Award

Check out the following for why she won:

And why I got:

Dear Poet,

Thank you for submitting your work to the 2011 Walt Whitman Award. This year's judge, Fanny Howe, has selected Elana Bell's manuscript, eyes, stones, to receive the award.

Of the nearly 1,200 entries we received this fall, there were so many extraordinary manuscripts. If by September your manuscript has not yet found a publisher, we hope that you will consider submitting to the Walt Whitman Award again. Many past winners submitted several times before their manuscripts were ultimately selected.

The judge for the 2012 award will be announced later this summer, and the submission period will extend from September 15 to November 15, 2011. To receive guidelines and to submit your work on-line, please visit the Academy of American Poets' website at

We wish you the very best of luck with your writing. Thank you, again, for submitting to the Walt Whitman Award.


Alex Dimitrov
Awards Coordinator
The Academy of American Poets

But, no worries. I still stand by my work. I'm not as accomplished a poet as many who submitted to the various awards competitions to which I submitted my manuscript. I applaud the winner, for she is obviously deserving and darn good, and hope some day to have an award to flaunt. Haha! Pick up your pens and your notebooks, poets, we have work to do!