SPARK! Round 9 Complete

October 17, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

I sat out the previous round – Round 8 – of SPARK, but I was back in the writer-artist fray for round 9, which finished a few weeks ago. The results are amazing and varied, as always, and I encourage you to check them out.

For those of you who don’t know, SPARK is an Internet project which pairs writers with visual artists of all kinds for mutual inspiration.

You can see ALL the work here.

This time around I was paired with writer Kristen Luft – here’s the inspiration piece I sent to her:

The Great Affair

Read Kristen Luft’s response: The Cost: A History.

I chose that particular image because I felt it asked so many questions that could lead to stories. Who’s vehicle is this and what are they like? What happened in San Francisco to make them paint their van …or is it about something in the future? As always, the most interesting part of the project is to see what other people make of it -  Sci-Fi monsters and nuclear Armageddon were not exactly the first things that came to my mind! Obviously I think too literally!

I tried hard to not be literal with my response to Kristen’s inspiration piece. The imagery certainly drew me to water, but I wanted to illustrate the mood or emotional center, rather than just one of the scenes in the story. My title, “This Day Of Ideal Weather” is a phrase from the story, although the “ideal weather” is only visible in the very farthest periphery, reflected in the water. The focus of the viewer is not directed at the obvious subject (the boat) either, but rather into the rather gloomy ambiguity of reflection and shadow at the water’s surface. It’s as if the observer is turning her gaze from the blue sky and pretty boat to something darker and deeper – perhaps more introspective – that matches her thoughts. Anyway, that’s my interpretation…! (Of course, I liked the symmetry and reflections too!)

Here’s the image:

This Day Of Ideal Weather

Read Kristen Luft’s inspiration piece: Annals of an Arctic Tern.

Anyone interested in participating can simply sign up at the SPARK website – see you in Round 10!


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