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(c) 3/2014 Saradunn.  The Wednesday Portrait Group of Blue Hill, Maine, USA

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March 1, 2014 tanka prompt: beauty of what we do as a group (singing, writing) 

By Kathabela Wilson on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 9:06am
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March 1 prompt: the beauty of what we do as a group (singing together), 
(our Mozart performance, writing together (Tanka Poets on Site) anything we do, not solo…)
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(Our performance tonight of selections from the Mozart requiem! I love it…
 Recorded from the balcony by my phone recorder while we were down there on stage! 
We all do many things alone. In so many ways … we “sing solo”. 
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But what do we do together, to make unified beauty
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This happened last night… and the beauty I think, shines through. If you can’t hear the recording… 
most of you should be able to… 
it is fine, because you know the kind of thing I am talking about. Open any one of our files on this site… 
and see the unfolding fan of solo voices when combined give a sense of a whole view,
 an anthology like “Firepearls” that sparkles. 
Think of our group performance at Tanka Sunday, on the Queen Mary 
when some of you joined me in person to perform as a group. 
Think of our upcoming sharing and performances in the Japanese Garden 
and even in China this summer when I will bring some of your tanka there 
to perform for Tong Zhang the artist we wrote for… 
This is why I make this site and all our anthologies. 
Think of the garden of many roses that Robert Johnston has given us here.
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.March 1 prompt: The Beauty of what we create as a group, singing, writing, rose garden… photo byRobert Johnston
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While the beauty of each rose is kept and honored the sense of the natural overwhelming bouquets 
highlight the extravagant beauty of them all together. 
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Think of the things you do, have done, as a group… 
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how this feels. 
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This is Poets on Site. 
This is you and friends, 
it is even you as a couple,
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 Acting beyond yourself as a solo person in the world 
to create a new kind of beauty. 
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How does this sing in your “little song” ?

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My response tanka
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almost 40 years
artists meet on Wednesdays
portraits galore

models ~ ten to one hundred one
some like us enough to paint
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The Wednesday Portrait group of Blue Hill, Maine, USA, have been meeting since 1976 when several artists decided to challenge themselves with life models and paint portraits. It evolved from their homes to summers painting in a barn, winters at a retirement community’s Art Room. One of the original group of women moved there and still lives there. 
Several of the painters started out as models and decided to join the group as an artist.
We bring our lunch, and bond after the session ends.
Out of this group, we now have a Monday still life group in the same activity room. The plein aire painters started twelve years ago in the summer and now meet year round on Monday and Fridays  in the library in Somesville, Maine, USA.
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Written for:
Tanka Poets on Site
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