Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 8th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we took a close look at the painting A Tower Of Blue Horses by Franz Marc, and read the poem Franz Marc’s Blue Horses by Mary Oliver, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “Write about something beautiful.”

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A Tower Of Blue Horses by Franz Marc

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 Franz Marc’s Blue Horses by Mary Oliver

I step into the painting of the four blue horses.
I am not even surprised that I can do this. 
One of the horses walks toward me. 
His blue nose noses me lightly.  I put my arm 
Over his blue mane, not holding on, just
He allows me my pleasure. 
Franz Marc died a young man, shrapnel in his brain. 
I would rather die than try to explain to the blue horses
   what war is. 
They would either faint in horror, or simply 
   find it impossible to believe. 
I do not know how to thank you Franz Marc. 
Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. 
Maybe the desire to make something beautiful
   is the piece of God that is inside each of us. 
Now all four horses have come closer, 
   are bending their faces towards me
      as if they have secrets to tell. 
I don’t expect them to speak, and they don’t.
If being so beautiful isn’t enough, what
   could they possibly say?

Credit: On Being Studios SoundCloud

11 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 8th 2022

  1. About something beautiful~~~

    I saw a field full of bold and beautiful sunflowers, stretching as far as the eye could see.
    An ocean of gold, nodding their heads as a gentle breeze passed over them.
    All were looking up to the sun above, giving her thanks for the warmth which had given them life.
    My spirit was uplifted.

    To see this field of gold, I paused for a few moments and thought if only the entire world could view this scene.
    Would there be war, would there be hatred, would there be distrust?
    I think not.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth

      Michele, I appreciated the gold field and the sun… You immersed me into brightness with your color choice. Thanks for bringing me into that world and thanks for sharing your comments about your interaction with the horses during our session.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Scarlet Kinney

      I love this, especially its rhythm and it’s repetitive line “This is a beautiful space.” As I read it aloud, I could almost hear a heartbeat drumming behind it, perhaps a heartbeat shared by all.


      • Scarlet Kinney

        Michele, I posted my comment about Elizabeth’s writing here by mistake. What I wanted to say about your piece is that somehow or other, as I read it, I could see that beautiful field of nodding sunflowers in the bright day, and the vision uplifted my spirit, too.


  2. Elizabeth

    This is a beautiful space…
    We can share
    We can express

    This is a beautiful space…
    It feels warm
    It feels safe

    This is a beautiful space…
    Open to all emotion
    From joy to sorrow

    This is a beautiful space…
    We are community
    Alone together

    This is a beautiful space…
    With gratitude we are here
    We say thank you

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  3. Scarlet Kinney

    About Something Beautiful

    If I could eat color;
    If I could eat titanium white,
    Cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue,
    The colors Marc used
    To create “A Tower of Horses”…
    If I could eat that beauty without dying from doing so,
    I would.

    Instead, I put the length of my brush
    Between beauty and death
    And try to bring beauty to life
    On canvas.

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  4. Elizabeth

    Scarlet… I also paint and I am so happy that you posted because I wanted to share how colors are so impactful in my life. Also, there is something about paint… Color and texture and smell( very sensory)… That really could make someone want to eat it, or play in it or breath it… I totally get it. I also enjoyed the specificity of the colors… anyone who knows paints can envision these specific colors. Thank you for taking us on this “colorful “ride with you.

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  5. Scarlet Kinney

    Thanks, Elizabeth. Yes, there’s a profound sensuality about artist’s paint, isn’t there? For me, especially oils. And the alchemical magic of transforming colors into images! Are you on FB or do you have a web site? I’d love to see your work.


  6. Elizabeth

    Scarlet, I am not on Facebook or have a professional art website. I call myself a hobby artist… it is for the sheer pleasure for mind, body, and soul. I have respect for the process.


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