Monday, August 30, 2010

A Pen & Ink

This is a pen & ink I just completed—actually, it’s a redo of one I did back in the early 1980’s from a photo in an old Vermont Life magazine. My older brother liked it so much that he persuaded me to give it up for $50. That was the first—and only—original artwork I’ve ever sold, reinforcing the notion that I had some talent, and helping to sustain that idea through years of inactivity. Every time I’ve seen it hanging on his wall, when visiting his home in Vermont, I’ve been reminded how much I love the image. I finally decided to do another one for myself. I think it would be interesting to someday compare the two…
For me, it’s such an evocative image that I just couldn’t help write a little something for it…

My Consolation

Shriveled peas roll from my plate, into the pail where several crusts from morning toast await. Three escape into the sink and I chase them around the basin like piglets in a pen. I have trouble locating them as a shard of light pierces the tattered curtain, yet I can feel them, cornered. My fingers are still nimble enough to pinch and so they join the others.

On my way out, I pass her chair, pushed snug against the table. I stroke its back the way I used to caress the handrail as I stepped onto the porch of her parents’ house, my stomach twisting and turning with new love. Her barn coat still hangs from the old iron hook like dainties slung over the shower rod. Although the sight of it burns my eyes each time I come in or go out, I would die but for the yearning.

Then, the screen door slams behind me, echoing off every corner of the barnyard. On cue, they call to me like eager hatchlings waiting for their share.


  1. This is like a poem Bridget. I like it alot.

  2. Thanks Liza. I'm trying out some differnent, more manageable writing. I hope it doesn't sound as if I'm trying too hard, lol...

  3. Each time, i am sure "this one out does 'em all" and then there come another one,, lands a'goodness... lands a'goodness........

  4. Oh, Glenn, you are positively my biggest fan...(beside Todd)
    Thanks for that :)

  5. I love this! Especially with the written piece beneath it. I love doing pen and ink drawings. It's one of the only forms of artwork I'm still decent at. :)

  6. Thanks Michelle, I'd love to see some of your pen & inks. I used to do a lot of them but once I became somewhat proficient with watercolor the P&I went to the wayside. It actually took as much time as a painting, which surprised me.

  7. Okay -- an art aficionado I'm not. I just know what I like...I guess for a lot of unquantifiable reasons. I do like this a lot and thank you for sharing. I now need to explore more.

  8. Hey Jerry, I recognize you from Glenn's blog, thanks for stopping by...and I'm glad you like my pen and ink!


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