Monday, March 19, 2007

Poetry and Art - My Drawing "Three Ballerinas" set to Poetry in a literature contest!

While checking my website statistics like i usually do weekly, i noticed an interesting amount of traffic coming from an online literature forum / site. I decided to check it out and found that a person by the name of "autolycus", who i think is a professor of poetry or english, found my art online and decided to create a poetry contest from this work of art! What a cool idea i thought to myself, and i was intrugued by what poems they would come up with. They have already begun posting some poems from the image, and i find all of them very inspiring. The use of words in relation to one another can create such beauty like the way i place shape, line, and form to create my vision.

I am having a hard time picking a favorite, but here is one poem by "Adolescent09" which goes like this:

"Triple meter unset,
Melody rounds roulette
They turn to pirouette.

Three sisters at the dance
Stop their legs in coy stance
Eyes balk with girlish glance.

Synch in legs, arms and feet
Pitch and hurl to the beat
Fold midriff to a pleat.

Balance, poise, ballet springs,
Mother glares in the wings
Violins sway in swings.

Sister one spins on toes,
Sister two roughly flows,
Sister three down she goes."

The deadline for this poetry contest based on my work "Three Ballerinas" is April 1st, according to autolycos, who started the contest.

To see the other poems just click Here

Thanks Autolycus for using my work!
Justin ~~~

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Chess Collection Published in Sachovy Tydenik!

I was very honored not long ago to be published at, which is the most popular chess news agency and news site in the world and on the net (:. The Czechoslovakian magazine, Sachovy Tydenik ,wrote a really nice article about my work and art after seeing my published story on ChessBase. I was pleasantly surprised to see this after a long day in the studio and office! I thought the layout was excellent and i was also really taken back by the way my drawings looked in a grey scale. The dimensions and depth, i thought, really punched out with more explosiveness. At this point, i am contemplating my next series of chess works to be black and white pencil drawings, but on a grander scale. I also want my next chess series to be even more imaginative and i already have some nice concepts in my mind manifesting, although they morph into other ideas continuously.

I want to thank Sach Info in Czechoslovakia for this really wonderful write up! Also big props to the graphic designer who made this entire layout. Great work!

Justin ~~~

To view this collection of my work you can go Here