Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Where It’s Better to Be

You may know that in addition to my artwork I also write poetry (posted on my blog Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?). For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Where It’s Better to Be

no it’s over shreds of and one other thing
just more cloud like in this romantic
just saying it the piece of how it feels
dream my night fossil solves the problem all right

never going to dissolve a second for me to think
you pay you back and a nasty cold to boot

Oh, I got lost in my thoughts for a moment
What did you say again, dear?

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020 image 22

8 thoughts on “Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Where It’s Better to Be

  1. brendamill

    Your poem fits the collage nicely, Claudia. It sounds to me like what I would image an episode of ADHD might be like. Is that what you were aiming for, or did you just go with the inspiration? Either way, thank you for the example. It makes me more mindful of those who actually have the condition.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I don’t have ADHD or know much about it, but I do know my thoughts go all over the place and all the time (which I like). Being alone with my own thoughts is very absorbing for me! And sometimes the outside world is an intrusion, or just less interesting than what I have in my own head. I think that is where this poem came from, literally from my thoughts to the paper!

      1. brendamill

        Oh, okay. I have a tendency to overthink things. I don’t know exactly what ADHD is like either.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I started with the middle, if I remember this one correctly, and then worked outward. I think in that way each piece had to balance with the next one and so on. Along the way I got the idea it should be a face, but it also looks random still. I like that. The text, you know what, I really like cramming words into small irregular spaces (I don’t know why but I do) and the spaces around this collage seemed unfinished until I started writing…

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