Throughout the year I've been working hard on a collection of ekphrastic prose poetry and it is finally nearing the light of completion! I have sent a draft to some valued colleagues who kindly agreed to comment for a blurb or promotion material. I have more editing to do and a few pieces that I'm wrestling with that will come together. I'm very excited about this book! Most of the poems have been published in various literary journals around the world, and I've been nominated for a Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize for one of the poems. Stay tuned in the new year and I'll let you know when it's ready for you to read!
"There are also heaps of illustrated books, magazines, photos. I call it my imagination material. I need to visualise things that lead me to other forms, that lead me to visualise forms that lead me to other forms or subjects, details, images that influence my nervous system and transform the basic idea. It's the same with books or films that I see. I think it's often like that for artists. Picasso was a sponge, he made use of everything. Me, I'm like an albatross: I take in thousands of images like fish, then I spit them out on the canvas."
I was thrilled when Joie Jewelry in Yorkville asked me to add some rock n roll urban art flare to their shop display. I painted this guitar and gemologist and artist Caroline Bacher from the store came by to choose some square foot artworks that would match the beautiful pink and yellow diamond jewellery being showcased.
I had some trepidation about the guitar initially because I have never done my collage paint magic on this kind of item. It was a learning experience as the materials didn't work the way they always do on a new surface, and there were many nooks and crannies to work on, such as under the strings and the sides. But it was so much fun and I'm always interested in discovering something new.
My painting, Running of Empty, was used in the spring ad campaign for Carrera Y Carrera. The exquisite line of jewelry began in 1885 in Madrid, Spain, and is one of the key brands of the Joie store here in Toronto.
Paint. Pray. Rove.
Lorette C. Luzajic