Inspiration from Poetry

28 Mar
painting of dancing figures and Zora Neal Hurston

Watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper. Dancing figures in the background and script writing, both faded, like the dreams Hurston mentions in her writing.

Reading about Zora Neal Hurston, an African-American writer, inspired me to paint this piece.

What I read:

 She once retrieved a tattered volume of Milton’s works from a rubbish pile and spent days savoring Paradise Lost instead of looking for work.  Years later in her autobiography, she reflected on those times:  “There is something about poverty that smells like death.  Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season and rotting around the feet.”

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One Response to “Inspiration from Poetry”

  1. Ralph Turner April 2, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Contrary to the theme of the poem, the painting and the face are beautiful and happy.

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