Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Painting with Words - Altered Text, Altered Books

I know, most of the time I am writing about art, painting , painting mediums, and lots and lots of color. But lately, I have been more caught up with words and the text in the books I am altering. I am doing a lot of "found poetry", and what I call "altered text" which is similar to found poetry, it is just not quite as lyrical. You can even write a "book within a book" using selected words and phrases from the text of the book you are altering. Here is a sample from a page of one of my books I am working on.

"The bell, ringing heavily, ascending and mounting on every side. The bell, only absence." Now these words were plucked out of the text of the first page I am working on in the book "The Black Arrow", by Robert Louis Stevenson, and there are nuggets of this kind of literary gold on every page! I am having more fun finding and altering text and found poetry in this book so far, than I am actually altering the pages with paint and color.

I love words and how they can be linked together and made into something every bit as beautiful as a poem...Next time you decide to alter a book, try just altering the text, and see if you don't enjoy it for a change! I will leave you with one more line of altered text:

"The house, alone among lilacs, open meadows rising, knee-deep with scarlet". Neat, huh?! Happy Creating!


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