Tuesday Talent ~ Sarah S Williams- The Other Side of Up

I met Sarah on the Writer’s Cafe. I fell instantaneously and hard for her poetry.Many times it felt as though she’d crawled inside my head and plucked out a feeling I knew intimately. She graciously read and reviewed my work in exchange and her advice has been invaluable. So of course I wanted to feature her in Tuesday Talent. And thankfully she agreed.

Sarah Williams is an American poet living on the Central Coast of California.  She graduated from the California State University of Fresno’s English Program with a focus on literature and poetry.  Her poetry has been published in various online and print journals, including the Boston Literary Review, The Verse, The Fifth King Press, The Paper Bag Press, Sympathetic Souls Poetry Journal, etc.  Additionally, her first collection of poetry entitled “The Other Side of Up“, printed by Within the Mirror Literary Press, is available in print through all online and brick and mortar retailers.

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Who inspires Sarah

Poetically, I have been inspired by many different writers through the years.  If I had to choose two poets who have most inspired my own work, I would have to say Sylvia Plath and Allen Ginsberg.  Both of these amazing talents were what I consider “before their time”.  They pushed the envelope of modern poetry and paved the way for writers like myself to enjoy the freedom of poetic expression.

 

What Sarah does

I would say that first and foremost I am a poet.  I live the life of a poet and see the world through the eyes of a poet.  However, as most poets know, it can be difficult to “pay the bills” through poetry alone, so I am also a professional freelance editor and ghostwriter.  I specialize in novels, screenplays and autobiographies, and the majority of my clients have gone on to publication, or in the case of their film work, options on their material.

 

Additionally, I am also heavily involved in showing horses, and am active in the NRHA and IAHA/USEF circuits in Reining and Reined Cowhorse.

 

What Sarah Does best

I would like to think that what I do best is write.  I certainly feel most at home when I am indulging my poetic inspirations, whether that is sitting in front of my laptop or on a bench by the ocean scribbling in a notebook.

 

What other profession Sarah would like to attempt

Writing takes up most of my time and creative energy, but if I had to choose another profession that I would like to pursue it would probably be getting in to the publishing end of the literary world.  I think it would be wonderful to be the person who is able to give a fledgling talent their first break in the industry, because I know how difficult it is to find a press or publishing house that is willing to take a chance on a new writer/poet.

 

I have also always been extremely interested in photography.  Next to writing out my creative dreams and aspirations, photographing them in the tangible world is probably the next best thing.

 

What turns Sarah on creatively, spiritually or emotionally

I like to ask and answer questions.  My writing always has a “deeper meaning” that either questions or makes an assertion as to the way that the world works in terms of how we are all connected.  I love mythology, and I find learning about/researching the way that the world used to work helps me to make connections to how things have evolved and work today.  I suppose that learning in general is what keeps me moving forward in this world, because when we stop asking questions and demanding answers we are no longer growing as spiritual beings.

 

Where to find Sarah

You can learn more about my professional editing and ghostwriting services by visiting my website at www.wellspringwritingservices.webstarts.com .  My poetry collection, “The Other Side of Up“, can easily be found on Amazon.com, and can be ordered through most online and brick and mortar booksellers.

 

Where Sarah got her Talent/Education

I’m not sure that I can answer the question “where did I get my talent”, as that would force me to assert that I have talent.  Talent is a relative term, and thus I will leave it up to my readers to decide whether I am talented or not.  I did, however, get my formal education through the California State University of Fresno’s English Program, which provided me with a fabulous education on style, form, function and overall literary foundation.  Additionally, I have attended numerous workshops and symposiums on poetry, poetic style, modern verse and functional/effective writing.

 

Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If  Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

When the day of my death arrives and I am standing before the One great Creator of my existence, my greatest hope would be to hear that I lived a life of humility and compassion.  I would also love to know that I have touched people emotionally, and that perhaps my name and work will live on beyond my death.

 

Neurodiversity

What would I do, if not write?

Who would I be without words?

 

The sharpness of my pen dissects deeply,

as a scalpel through husk and sinew,

right down to the very crux of it all:

            anima essence,

            cardinal red, as

            oxygenated blood.

 

Thoughts scatter and reform,

no sense in endeavoring to corral them—

for they are wary rabbits in a viridian glade

who only approach when I am most still. 

 

I have given up – completely –

trying to navigate the torturous labyrinth

that is me, laid out in hard corners,

            dead ends, and

            forked pathways.

 

What if I am deranged — afflicted

with some unidentifiable disorder?

 

For my head is so often lurking

in places that others dare not venture—

you think too much, I have been told,

but not everything is as it seems,

 

and I cannot be idle when Phanes’ creation

begs for definition and feverish declaration—

even if my lines do not rival the masters

            or offer any lasting

            significance. 

 

The lacing of my brain must be unusual,

the channels crossed, impulses erratic—

yesterday, I watched a flock of gulls circling,

one flew opposite the others, forging

his own startlingly divergent course.

 

I suppose every species has its variants,

and every variant chooses an individual path.

 

Image: (1) Sarah by DCT (I had a little fun with this one.)

***This is  a regular feature on my blog. Tuesday Talent Interviews are designed to introduce you to a myriad of incredible artisans. Make sure to check out the others. Enjoy!

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The Weekend ~ 5/24/13 ~2 Years

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Wow! Here I am at the 2 yr mark of this blog. It’s seems almost completely unfathomable. And with each passing week I grow in confidence letting more of my Self pour out onto this canvas I present to the public eye. With every thought and raw admission my art grows stronger.

I had an idea to write a want ad for Muse for Hire. I couldn’t decided whether I wanted to write it from the point of view of muse or artist so I simply began to write, empty my muse out onto paper and it seems to have come to life as a manifesto of sorts. So here on this, my 2 year, anniversary I want to share with you Muse. The Yang to my Yin.

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I won’t be summoned. But I will arrive, when it suits me, in my own time. You must court me if I am to call.  Open up! Air out your Rooms! I will be your audience of one; giving substance, energy, feedback and meaning to your work. I will support you by prodding upwards towards greater feats. You’ll discover what is already buried there, deep, beneath the sleep of your daily grind. I am ever devoted. I will be yours and yours alone.

Are you hesitant to greet me newborn eye to eye? For loneliness has been your best friend. You have been cloaked in it for too long.  But if we are to begin then you must call my name. Unfortunate for you by then it will be too late.

If you’ve found me, be fearful; be glad, it is all the same. I am real of flesh, blood, and bone. A living breathing human not some caricature of your dreams, not a projection of anyone’s mind. You’ll have to trust what I say is true or we will never find our way.

I will demand your honesty. Can you utter me your truths profound? Can you bleed your words onto a page, cry colors on canvas, scream choruses of the crimes you ache? Show me your heart’s longing.

Is your art real? Have you lived your own stories or borrowed ink? Reveal it to me. Show me your hurts, the interior monologue, bones bared. Do you dare to break the rules? Have you boundaries, secrets kept? Can you forget yourself? Are you able to submit? Communicate your confusion and we will find the sense in it. I have so much to teach you.

Your heart will ache if you look into my mirror. In me you will see your own beauty, the power to believe. I will root for you deeply till set in the ground. Show me your beautiful mess tucked in the corners of the labyrinth of your mind.

I may be your worst enemy. Strip you down; bore to your core, to the simplest barest whispered words. So come to me and we shall see if you can hack it. I will demand the impossible. For you will need to face eternity in each day.

No explanation, no excuses. I will move you to action. Because I can’t be deleted, I will push you again and again, till we’ve finished one masterpiece at a time. I’ll be up in your face till my morning coffee breath turns your stomach to dust. I’ll show you all you’re made of.

You’ll think me a sadist. I will drain you empty and then fill you again. Pour into you incandescence. Help guide you to the source. I will turn you inside out and back again. Bring you full circle to the end but a beginning for all to start again. There is no mystery in my origin. For you shall see we are all kings. Do you understand?

I will not sacrifice myself to your alter for I can do the job myself.  But can you? Can you commit yourself to this creative collaboration? If you can dream it we can do it. That is what this goddess offers, the power of the magic we will create.

So be bold and grab hold where about to leave the gate. Leave your baggage behind. And hitch a ride for this may be the longest journey you’ve yet to take.

You’ll have to follow through. I will push you far past where you think you can go, far past all you know to be true, far past possible. Don’t be sorry. Don’t you dare apologize. See I will push you until we become one and you no longer have any need of me.
 

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Image: ELLE Brazil, mostra a tua cara : 25th Anniversary Manifesto

Tuesday Talent ~ Ray Ferrer-Emotion on Canvas

I had been plugging away with my Exacto blade late into the night creating black and white images on paper. Then I came across this artist Ray Ferrer and was hooked. The soulful expression of his images grabbed me. I realized I wanted  had to feature him on my blog but that meant I needed to draw him; which seemed way more daunting. Until now… all my Tuesday talent sketches have featured female artists.

So without further ado I want to introduce you to my portrait and the raw, honest, simple splendor of the artwork and words of Ray Ferrer.

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I am an East Coast based artist who, through my work, seeks to utilize various harmonies and ideas to visually engage the audience.  I also use my art as an opportunity to experiment with the range of possibilities allowed through my choice of materials, spray paint and hand cut stencils.

My work captures spaces of partial or full illumination between the perfect shadows on all sides of a person or an object.  The artwork conveys the real beauty of the subject.  The viewer is able to appreciate the simplicity, splendor and  exquisiteness  of my work and the subject.  The work is raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest.

I am vehemently opposed to using art as a means to rely on overly-complex theories or ideas to prop up mediocre images. I believe that the quality of the actual work is what is paramount.

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Who inspires Ray

My wife is my biggest inspiration.  She is also my largest supporter and biggest source of motivation.

What Ray does

I create emotional works of art on canvas

What Ray Does best

I think I am best at being a loving husband and father to my 12 year old daughter

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What other profession Ray would like to attempt

There is nothing I would rather being doing with my time.  I have an MBA from a top business school and was a strategist and consultant for some top Fortune 500 companies.  I hated every minute of it.  So, I traded in my MBA for a can of spray paint.

What turns Ray on creatively, spiritually or emotionally

Memories and feelings turn me on creatively.  Real life is my biggest creative turn on.  I love seeing people with the truth written on their faces, or children being children.  I love seeing things as they should be seen and not “cleaned up” for societal viewing.

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Where to find Ray

I can be found online or at any of my exhibitions nationwide (USA currently).  My online presence is at the following sites (All my own and monitored and managed, edited and updated by me and me alone)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/urbanwallart

Blog (18,000+ followers): www.urbanwallart.wordpress.com

See Me Portfolio:  http://urbanwallart.see.me

Twitter: https://twitter.com/urbanwallart_g

Where Ray got his Talent/Education

My talent with art is not something I knew I had.  Just kind of happened.  My education is in business and engineering.  I have my MBA and don’t use it anymore.

Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If  Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I would like to hear him say “This place is dull, boring and way to white… and has been forever… can you PLEASE spray paint the heck out of it for me!”

A little Something Extra~A video of Ray’s process

Image: (1) Ray  by DCT, (2)Young Girl , Intuition and Closure by Ray Ferrer

***This is  a regular feature on my blog. Tuesday Talent Interviews are designed to introduce you to a myriad of incredible artisans. Make sure to check out the others. Enjoy!

Truly Talented

Every so often Everyday I fall upon a new artist that I am in awe of. Whose raw talent or perhaps very cultivated talent is stunning. Here are a few of the latest.

The Pen & Ink of Si Scott and his Resonate Series. It definitely resonated with me.

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Next up is the incredibly talented Johan Scherft. I have shown you some paper craft artist before but if you ask me….this takes it up another notch.

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Finally but surely not least is Kumi Yamashita and her constellation series. Over months she weaves a single unbroken thread over galvanized nails to create these works of art.

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