Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk

 

Q: Walk me through the typical creative process for one of your poems.
A: You asked for my typical creative process, and that varies a lot, but there are some things that are consistent. When I’m getting started, it’s not enough for me to have an idea I’m excited about; my real starting point comes when I write a first line. The meter and rhyme in a poem have to be clear from the very beginning, so that first line has to establish not only a captivating hook but also a tone that will match it and a rhythm that will propel it.

Once I’ve got that first line, I’ll play around a bit. I have some experience with improv, and this feels similar. I freestyle for a while, basically just toying with possible directions until I’ve convinced myself that there’s enough depth in this idea for me to spend time with it. I’m still not ready to commit to writing the full poem at this point, though. The last thing I need is an ending — a punchline, twist, or conclusion that makes it feel like this story was worth telling in the first place. When I’ve got my beginning and know what I’m working towards, then I start seriously writing. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk”

Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Mythic Creatures

“I have always loved the feel of fine leather and am intrigued by it as a sculptural medium.  For me, creating mythic creatures from materials which have had a previous life is ultimately appropriate… May they encourage your sense of adventure and creation of story.”

Wendy Ellertson breathes mystifying life into fine leather and found materials in the form of her mythic creatures. Specializing in Dragons, Avians, Star Wanders and Stump Critters alike, Ellertson has spent the last 40 years crafting a universe of legendary figures, each one produced with such careful love and skill you’d swear they were real.  Continue reading “Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Mythic Creatures”

Customer Terms and Conditions

Last updated: April 23, 2017

BUYER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Thank you for your interest in StoriesToArt. StoriesToArt, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company, (“StoriesToArt,” “we,” or “our”) provides a marketplace (the “Service”) for selling and purchasing original (“Existing”) and commissioned (“Commissioned”) works of art (including all 2D and 3D fine art, fine crafts, industrial designs, poems, animation, lyrics, compositions, and audio files) (“Artwork”) through our website accessible at www.StoriesToArt.com (the “Site”). Continue reading “Customer Terms and Conditions”

Artist Terms and Conditions

Last updated: April 23, 2017

ARTIST TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Thank you for your interest in StoriesToArt. StoriesToArt, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company, (“StoriesToArt,” “we,” or “our”) provides a marketplace (the “Service”) for selling and purchasing original (“Existing”) and commissioned (“Commissioned”) works of art (including all 2D and 3D fine art, fine crafts, industrial designs, poems, animation, lyrics, compositions, and audio files) (“Artwork”) through our website accessible at www.StoriesToArt.com (the “Site”). Continue reading “Artist Terms and Conditions”