poem and a painting

detail of poem and a painting, gravity

Last week, as I was browsing in my local second-hand shop, I came across a palm-sized book about Braque printed in 1958. It covers Braque's cubism and papier collé period from 1906 to 1920. During that same week, I also was working on a poem.

When I finished the poem, I wanted to match a painting to it. I knew which drawing I wanted to use, but what additions would I add? I picked up the book I had bought the previous day on Braque. Leafing through the booklet, sparks of ideas on a painting began to fly. Everything came together and I felt satisfied that the painting illustrated my poem perfectly.


There are days
when I am in pieces,
broken and scattered.

And there are other days 
when I am like a collapsed cloud
of dust and atoms,
full of possibility.

All the scattered pieces
get pulled in and compressed;
until from the core of my soul,
dense and hot,
a new self emerges.

Juana Almaguer
June 18, 2017

poem and a painting, gravity, gallery juana
poem and a painting, gravity

The sparks are still flying, and I'm working on a new series of paintings inspired by this poem and a painting.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I'll be spending the day riding my bicycle out to a new trail system and exploring its forest.

joining Sunday sketches


  1. Beautiful inspired work Juana!

  2. Lovely Juana! Love the soft art, and your words. This could be the beginning of a beautiful little book :) Enjoy your ride!

  3. LOVE the pairing of your art and your own poetry, Juana! I just love the softness and the choice of color--sort of flesh tones, which echo your self experience in your words--what is happening to you. The mix of the media, the colors, your words... VERY much looking forward to seeing more of this series! :))) ((HUGS))

  4. What a wonderful poem and painting. Inspiration is wonderful, I am so glad you are filled with it.

  5. I like the blocks of color and the pencil textures, very nice. Wonderful idea to mix it with your poetry.

  6. Profound! I think we've all felt that way at times, but you captured it perfectly.

  7. the art goes really well with your poem :)


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