Monday, May 12, 2014

Virtual Blog Tour

I was recently invited by my friend, Kim Stevens, to participate in a virtual blog tour which aims to highlight many wonderful blogs through questions on the writing and creative process. View her blog tour post at Picking Poppies.

Kim Stevens

Kim is a jewelry artist and photographer, both of which are inspired by her love of nature. Her passion for life oozes from the screen in the images she shares and the words she writes.  Be sure to check out her Monarch series, the pictures alone will astound you.



 . . . and now for a little insight into my own writing and creative process.

What am I working on?

I don't consider what I do work, more like play . . . and messy play at that!
I love variety, it makes life interesting, which is why I enjoy writing poetry, painting, reading, photography and blogging.  They all tap into each other but allow me the freedom to chose where my focus is going to be on any given day.

After publishing my debut collection of poetry and prose 'The Edge Of Silence' this February, I'd found myself in a bit of lull but Spring seems to be enticing my muse back into the swing of things. 

I recently changed out some of my art in a local gallery where I exhibit my work and right now I have several journals in different stages of completion with a handful of paintings all textured up and ready for layers of color.

You'll also find me working on an upcoming interview piece I've been invited to do  as well as wracking my brains, and rummaging through odd scraps of paper, to see if I can fashion a poem out of my sleep deprived scribbling's.  Once a poem forms, I'll then set about creating an image to accompany it.  I love the combination of image and verse and how they often play off one another.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I never intentionally set out to be a particular genre or find myself concentrating on whether my work is or isn't like that of others.  I simply do what I do, and write what I know. 

Poetry:  free form, and often considered dark and confessional, my writing comes from a personal place where I call upon a range of emotions and experiences.  I believe that, while I write for 'me', themes of pain and promise, hope and heartache, grief and despair are subjects many others can relate to.

"Pain backs me into a corner.  I sink to the floor using the wall for support.  My head rests on my knees as I hug myself tight, an act of comfort that does anything but.  I know this space.  This corner with my name etched into the stone, still bloody from the last time I clawed and scratched at it.  Fear holds me here, whispering harrowing tales of where Pain has taken me before."  

Art:  I may not be able to draw but with the urge to create and a love of textural elements I found a way.  After experimenting with different mediums I came across caulk which I just love working with.  Love it or hate it I always enjoy seeing people's reactions whenever I do a show. 

Why do I write/create what I do?
This question made me think of a poem I wrote titled 'I Write'.  which lists the many reasons why I do what I do.  One of the verses reads "I write to lose myself so that I may find myself again".  I think this sums it up perfectly.
I've always loved to write but the creative element came much later.  As someone who has a hard time expressing herself vocally I find that through art and through writing I'm able to convey so much more.  It also allows me to deal with emotions, with pain, to capture thoughts and feelings, to notice the little things and record this amazing journey I find myself on. 

In both the writing and creating process there's a magical moment when I truly do lose myself and all track of time, I guess its like being 'in the zone'.  When I 'find myself again' I'm usually amazed at what I've created. 

How does your writing/creative process work?

It doesn't!  Well not always.  It tends to be a chaotic and random event for me, with little or no control over it.    I often find myself jotting down notes and snippets on paper that later get construed into something more.

As someone who suffers with insomnia it will come as no surprise that many bursts of inspiration come late at night when I furiously scribble them down so as not to forget them come morning.

Occasionally I will write a poem in response to a prompt but my muse is fickle and doesn't like to be told what to do.    When I'm creating a poem, or having to do anything that takes a lot of brain power, I like silence.  Lately, however, I've found I've been enjoying listening to music while I paint.

Well enough about me, now it's time to introduce you to three incredibly talented souls.  You can continue your tour of blog land next Monday (May 19th) when you will find Kelly, Susie and Michael's answers to these telling questions.


Kelly Letky

Kelly Letky is a graphic artist, poet, writer, photographer, jewelry designer, wife, mother, sister, daughter, crazy cat lady, friend, runner, knitter, gardener, not necessarily in that order. Always searching for the beauty in life.

You can see her work and writing at Blue Muse Jewelry and Mrs Mediocrity.

Susie Clevenger
Susie Clevenger is a Poet, Author, Blogger and Photographer.  Her debut book of poetry 'Dirt Road Dreams' is available on Amazon and Susie is currently working on her second poetry collection, Insomnia's Ink. 

To view her work visit Confessions Of A Laundry Goddess.

Michael Douglas Jones

Michael Douglas Jones is a mixed media artist, writer and caretaker of wonder in Frederick, Maryland.  He is currently working on an art and essay project, 'Written Receipts for Paid Attention'. 

Michael's art and writing can be found on his blog 'Michael Douglas Jones' and his novella, UNION, is available online.  He can also be followed on twitter at @MJonesStudio.

I find myself inspired by the amazing writing skill of these guys (whose words often stay with me long after being read) but you will also find many other inspirational bloggers under the 'Favorite Places To Visit' section of my sidebar.  So have fun visiting these folks and hopefully you'll find some new personal favorites along the way.


  1. nice...kelly is awesome and def a fav of mine...and messy is the best way....
    and i so agree on losing yourself in that moment...that is when it feels
    most like art to me...dancing a bit close to crazy...

    1. dancing a bit close to crazy . . . oh yes I know that feeling.

    2. . . . and yes, Kelly is truly awesome. One of my all time favorites. :)

  2. Loved all of are such a talented artist, with brush, words and through your lens. And I have found that since I started my blog and writing things, that I don't think I realized how much I learn about myself holding a pencil. It's always fun to learn a little more about you - and thank you so much for playing along. I'm looking forward to visiting your "three."

    1. Thanks Kelly . . . I always enjoy learning more about my favorite peeps too. :)

  3. And...I forgot to say that I love the selfie with the brushes!

  4. So enjoyed learning more about you, Kathryn. Your work is srunning. Every time I visit your site I feel the itch to drag out my art supplies. But it seems like time gets in the way. I especially like the idea of play versus work!

    1. Thank you Victoria. I say go for it, grab your art supplies now, everything else can wait. :)

  5. How interesting to gain a deeper insight into your creative process and what this creative life means to you. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Brenda , , I usually steer away from these types of things but it was fun to participate.

  6. Amazing art you create with Caulk! Love this post Thank You for sharing :)

  7. Kathryn, It is so nice to learn about the person behind the art/poetry/photography. You are very talented. I can't choose a favorite art form from all you create. They are all unique and leave me without words, which for me is hard to do.

  8. Hi Kathryn, your work is very unusual and most eye-catching. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  9. What a great post, so fun to hear more about your process, I am always amazed at how prolific you are, and I just love the themes that run through your work.

    I am so honored to be in such wonderful company, thank you! And I look forward to following along with this as others play along...


  10. Thanks,Kathryn. Very cool and very inspiring. k.

  11. I am happy to know more about you Kathryn ~ And thanks for reaching out to the poetry communities like Real Toads & D'verse ~ It's a pleasure to see you around the poetry trail ~

  12. getting lost in the process of art - i love when that happens... and i love diversity in art as well.. exploring different things... stretching a bit beyond our boundaries... nice to get to know you a bit better as well

  13. You are truly a gifted artist, Kathryn!

  14. That feeling of losing yourself is the best, isn't it? You are so incredibly talented, Kathryn.

  15. Kathryn, this is a feast. I love your art - your tree piece is especially stunning. I found all of this extremely interesting! Thanks!

  16. I love this window into your mind and your creative process. Yeah!

  17. Lovely art and blog. Enjoyed visiting. I am participating in the hop next week.