Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Sunday Challenge: Featuring Kathryn Dyche Dechairo

Hello Toads & Pond visitors !!!   It is my pleasure to introduce you to the artwork of Kathryn Dyche Dechairo. We will be drawing inspiration from her work to write our poems in any poetry form of your choice.    

Kathryn was born in South Wales, grew up in Oxfordshire and now resides in Ohio as a mixed media artist with her husband and four furry friends. 


Her creative journey first began during her early thirty's. Barely audible at first, like a soft whisper. It took the death of her father and a move stateside for those initial whisperings to find their voice and become a catalyst for her creativity.


Her artist statement reads:  I have always loved items with a textural quality so when I began creating art I was looking for ways to invoke that feeling you get as a child; the kind where you instinctively want to reach out and touch.

This love of texture spills into all aspects of my life from the objects and materials I chose to surround myself with, to the art and digital images I create.
                                                       Burning Tree                     

Barren



Nature is a huge source of inspiration for me, not only in subject matter but color palette too.  Maybe it's because I'm an October baby that I have a love for the richer, darker, autumnal hues. Interestingly I am unable to start by painting directly onto a white background, it's like a stumbling block, so I paint all my backgrounds black before beginning a piece.


Love Hurts
6" x 6" Textured Art 
Painting on Wood Panel





Kathryn has always felt a strong connection to texture, nature and wildlife and these elements remain a strong component in her work today.

Her art can be viewed here where she specializes in 3D textured acrylic art paintings and digital art prints.


To learn more about the artist and her creative journey visit her blog 'Listening To The Whispers' .  Kathryn's work has also been published in 'The Pulse of Mixed Media' by Seth Apter and the Summer 2012 edition of Artful Blogging.   



Our challenge for today is write a new poem using any or all of the artwork by Kathryn.   Please link a new poem and if  you add an image to your post, please acknowledge the name of the artist and provide a link back to her website.  

And for those who will participate over the weekend up to OpenLinkNight Monday, Kathryn has graciously offered one of her prints from her etsy store as a give-away.  We will draw from the number of entries in Mr. Linky and the winner can chose from any of her art work here   

Happy Sunday to all ~  Grace                                                  
                                                     

28 comments:

Grace said...

Thanks to Kathryn for allowing us to use her artwork ~ I forgot to mentioned that she is also a poet ~

Wishing you all Happy Weekend ~

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to the artist. May be working all weekend, but I'm going to burn the midnight oil to participate in this one.

Grace said...

Looking forward to it LaTonya ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am always excited when Real Toads has the opportunity to showcase the original work of artists and photographers. Many thanks to Kathryn for so generously sharing her visual art as inspiration for our poetry.

Helen said...

.. falling in love with Kathryn's unique, exquisite art!!

Kathryn said...

Having recently rekindled my love of poetry it was a real pleasure to be invited to share my artwork and images here.

Inspiration comes in many forms and I look forward to reading where one of these images takes you.

Margaret said...

Yes! She is awesome. How funny as I just purchased something from her a couple of weeks ago and I follow her now. :)

Seth said...

I have always loved Kathryn's work. It is so very textured, meaningful, and so uniquely hers. Happy to say I have some hanging on my walls. Nice to see her spotlighted here.

Ella said...

I am happy to see her work in the garden! Thank you Grace! Thank you Kathryn :D

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks so much Grace for introducing us to Kathryn's work...it is amazing.

Grace said...

Thank you so much for the lovely responses so far ~ I'm happy to see the different takes on her art work ~

Dave King said...

Great when artwork and poetry can come together with such natural grace. Thanks for a fantastic post.

Debi Swim said...

Beautiful work, Kathryn. I took a look at your page and the art pieces are stunning.

Thank you Grace for showcasing this new to me artist.

Debi Swim said...

I think the net gremlins ate my post...
Kathryn your art is lovely. It brings all kinds of thoughts and memories as one studies it. I'm so glad Grace introduced you and your work here today.

humbird said...

Amazing and inspirational! Thank you, Grace and Kathryn!

manicddaily said...

Thank you both Grace and Kathryn. K.

grapeling said...

Thank you for highlighting Kathryn's work, Grace. Such power and subtlety. ~ M

Kathryn said...

Thank you everyone for all the love and to Grace for making this happen. I usually write a poem and then select or create an image to go with it but seem to struggle doing it the other way around. I love how you're able to use my images as inspiration for your poetry and I've loved reading each and every one of them. Thank you for such a unique and wonderful gift. The gift of poetry, the gift of words.

Susan said...

Beautiful, Heaven! Oh! Already have to get out at Penn station! Who knew this would take from Hudson to NYC?

Gail said...

Amazing art!!!

chamomile sea said...

I am deeply moved by all of these pieces.

chamomile sea said...

Oh goodness. I accidentally linked here when I meant to link to the previous prompt. I do apologize; can someone please remove my link? Thank you.

Isadora Gruye said...

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Kathryn! It was quite helpful to bringing forth something.

Ella said...

This was the most difficult poem I have written, so far. Beautiful art and I might use another image for the Open Garden on Monday!
Thank you Kathryn for sharing your art with us~

Other Mary said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I find it intreguing that Kathryn begins by painting her canvas black. Also, thank you, Kathryn for the images of your work, and for generously providing one of your prints for a drawing! How cool!

Margaret said...

I will be participating, but most likely poem will be linked on Monday... it needs lots of work...

Grace said...

I will be reading the late entries later when I get home from work ~ Thanks to all who have participated ~

Kathryn said...

Blown away doesn't even begin to cover it. The poems have been truly amazing. Glad I don't have to pick a winner!