Music is My World

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music is my world

Commissioned work: Music is My World

16″x20″, mixed media on paper

I, Colour (a self-portrait)

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This is my very first painted self-portrait. When I was in 7th grade or thereabouts, I made a sketch of myself and I really liked it, but it was a very simple outline– no shading, and done very lightly because I was afraid to make mistakes and afraid to commit myself to my drawings. To this day, it remains that–a very light sketch.

When Peake Street Studios sent out the call for participants in an exhibit entitled “I, Defined,” I jumped in at once. Since the call, I had been toying around with ideas for what to do, how to incorporate as much about my art and me in my painting. Yesterday, the 8th of July, I decided to check the submission deadline–I vaguely remembered it was sometime in July with double digits–and realized, to my horror, that submissions would be accepted between the 16th and the 18th! When I got home last night, I hemmed and hewed, looking at the canvas that I had prepped with a light blue, because I felt strongly about that colour when I did it–over a month ago, when I was informed that I was selected as one of the participants in the exhibit–in preparation for the actual painting. (That light blue canvas sat on my easel waiting for me to work on it.)

I grabbed some old tubes of acrylics and gouache and unrolled the bottom ends, squeezing the paint out through the tube and using it to apply the paint. I painted straight on the canvas and finished everything but the dark blue lines and the highlights on the hair, which I did after having a close look at several recent photographs of myself. I had surprised myself, completely, when I noticed that even without the strong defining lines, what I had done actually looked like me! I guess I can say that I know what I really look like.

I call it a soul painting–it was my soul painting myself.

2014-07-09 14.39.08

 

 

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Breakout (poem and painting)

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Breakout
acrylic on corrugated plastic board
44″x31.5″

it’s a splendid day

don’t rain on my parade

the sun will chase my troubles away

it’s time to get out of the shade

it’s a wonderful day

that groundhog will come out

the sun will melt the snow away

spring colours will soon break out

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Whale of a Tale (poem and painting)

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A Whale of a Tail
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

it’s a whale of a tale, i tell you

is it a tail of a whale you see?

i can’t really believe what you tell me

i don’t have to listen to you.

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Castanets (poem and painting)

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Castanets
watercolour on paper
12″x18″

the click and clack of castanets

accompany the dancers’ steps

the music’s not quite music yet

the dancers never once misstep

the skirts that swirl and twirl and flare

around lithe bodies and legs bare

are coloured petals in the air

that flit and fly now here now there

the castanets that clack and click

match alien steps all smart and quick

the dancers’ backs all stiff and straight

belie their nature wild innate

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

 

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Sunscape (poem and painting)

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Sunscape
waatercolour on paper
12″x18″

red

hot

sun

hot

red

heat

hot

heat

waves

red

hot

glare

bright

sun

flare

bright

yellow

glare

bright

yellow

sliver

yellow

orange

flare

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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1-800-Hotlips (poem and painting)

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1-800-HOTLIPS
mixed media on paper
12″x18″

call the number

if you dare

up from slumber

drop all care

get it right

don’t hesitate

don’t take all night

don’t start too late

who will answer

can you know

miss or mister

high voice or low

do you dare

to call the number

bring the player

into your chamber

hesitate

a moment more

you won’t find fate

at your front door

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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A Strand of Hair (poem and painting)

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A Strand of Hair
watercolour on paper
11″x15″

on a hot somnolent afternoon

her brown face smooth and clear

except for a single strand of hair

fallen loose from behind her ear

draws a wavy line down her face

distracting disturbing his pace

as he tried to keep hands in place

to keep from that wayward strand

to keep from her face his strong hand

on that hot tantalizing afternoon

 

© Cindy Lapeña, 2011

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