We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution

That is a quote by Deepak Chopra, and here is my contribution to the Craft Barn's 9th Q&L challenge!

The words this time are FAME and UNIQUE.  Why not visit the CB blog (here) to check out the other entries.

The first thing that came to mind was the song from Fame (I'm sure I wasn't alone in that!).  I then found the quote from Deepak Chopra, and considered using that, until I found a fabulous poem - The Crayon Box - with no attributed author.  It is rather a long one, so I've just included the last four lines on my page, but here is the poem in its entirety.

While walking in a toy store 
The day before today,
I overheard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.
I don't like red! said Yellow.
And Green said, Nor do I!
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why.
We are a box of crayons
that really doesn't get along,
Said Blue to all the others.
Something here is wrong!
Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see
They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between
They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I'd finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say...
I do like Red! said the Yellow
And Green said, So do I!
And Blue you are terrific!
So high up in the sky.
We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us unique,
But when we get together
The picture is complete.

The background is made up of some torn book pages and a little paste through a stencil.  I then brayered some acrylic paint.  I included the dimension of paste as I wanted to create that halo effect when brayering paint over it, to leave some white areas.

The little people are holding balloons that contain the last four lines of the poem.  The balloons are cut from a waste piece of card that had been spritzed with mica mixtures.

PS:  I've just discovered this poem was written by Shane DeRolf.


  1. What a nice poem, the paste splatters remind me of fireworks.

  2. Lovely poem and your page is fabulous. I love the people with their balloons.

  3. Visiting from The Craft Barn - Bravo on finding that poem, it's wonderful! And your depiction does it so much justice with it's fun people with their balloons shouting to the world that we are all unique :o))

  4. Wonderful poem and it goes so well with this creative challenge. Great stuff!!

  5. Beautiful art, love the whimsical style. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

  6. Great background and the idea with the balloons is lovely :)

  7. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem Kaybee, it teaches us about not being judgemental and that we are all connected in some way.

    Love your ArT piece, stunning way to interpret the poem. Your Deepak Chopra quote also resonates well in my heart :-) xxx

  8. PLEASE can you remove the word verification, it has just taken me over 5 minutes to leave a comment as i couldn't read the letters. you can still moderate your comments it just makes it easier to leave comments. I really want to leave you comments!
    Thank you :-) xxx

    1. Didn't know it was switched on! It's now off (I hope!)

  9. Wow, that's a great poem! Your page is excellent, really like the background!

  10. Love that poem, so clever to find that. Love your page too with the explosions of colour

  11. Great page really enjoyed reading your poem


  12. Gorgeous background - just the way I like it!!! Love the whole creation here!

  13. Fantastic page, I can see people at a fireworks party and this makes me smile!

  14. What a lovely quote and a super page too. Fabulous!

  15. I really enjoyed the poem in its entirety, and thought the little people with their balloons made a fantastic representation of the complete poem. I agree that the pasted areas look like fireworks, which makes the rest of the page pop. Lovely entry.

  16. What a lovely poem! Great page and love the background xx

  17. Congratulations Kay - I see you got onto the Wall of Fame.