Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.
This week’s prompt was: Seasonal Discord
A very very last minute effort from me – playing with the juxtapositions of seasonal elements and experimenting more with photography.
This week is also the precursor to solstice and I’m really feeling the point where the cobwebs of summer are about to leave me. (And we also had a whopper of a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon which is more aligned with summer than winter!)
the bones of capitalism
will slowly rust
as the elements seek to reclaim
and ingest what had been forcibly
removed only to find the saltiness
“The sky was yellow and the sun was blue…” ~Grateful Dead, “Scarlet Begonias”
I think we all have lyrics that stick with us. From The Grateful Dead, this is one of them. I’ve been carrying around a few images in my mind for the last 15 years about what this line might look like in a sketch book. After we pulled “Seasonal Discord” from the jar, I realized immediately it was time to bring this line to life.
The finished product is below. I’ve always been fascinated with contrasts in lyrics. It seems to me that this was a pretty common thing to do in the late ’70s. The poetry behind it is deeper than the lyrics lend us at first (or second) pass. Sketching this made me slow down. Waaaaay down, to the point that coloring it was rather therapeutic.
Which leads me to the second part of this prompt. Creating in June is antithetical to anything I’ve ever really done. It’s always been my “dry” season. But getting off of social media and focusing more on creating and publishing, I’m seeing a surging energy within that is keeping me creative, focused, and productive.
So if that means the sky is yellow and the sun is blue, then I’m okay with it.