“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.”
— Henry David Thoreau
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The assignment came from my high school English teacher—create some visual representation of Thoreau’s Walden. I remember finding quotes from the book and matching photos I had taken at a local State Park. The result was a scrapbook of sorts, words and images combined to communicate some thought or idea.
Sound familiar? As a writer and an artist, that combination of words and images has always intrigued me. Perhaps it is why I am a graphic designer. Perhaps it is why you continue to visit Random Acts of Writing [+art]. The [+art] is key.
We are sensory beings—we love to touch and be touched. We revel in the pleasure of songs and sounds, and welcome the memory of scents. And when we combine impressions—like art and words, or thoughts and sights—the impact is greater. We feel and sense it more deeply.
Very often when I write, I see images or long for the ability to illustrate. And when I create my art, it seems incomplete without the addition of words.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to share my writing as part of the Branford Artists Cooperative booth at the annual Branford Festival. It was a great way to think in terms of words + art and words + touch. The result? Four postcards, seen below, that combine words and images for folks to pick up, touch, read, take.
Postcards, blog, canvas, paper—it’s all about communication. Sharing a moment or a thought or an idea with you. I hope, no matter what the form, that you enjoy the exploration of words + images with me!
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Photos ©2011, Jen Payne.
With thanks to JKL for his continued presence in my psyche.