The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This series showcases the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope it will prompt a lively dialogue among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Deb Scott is a dabbler who sketches using words, pencils, camera, and her iPad. She shares a Portland home with her husband, pets, and backyard birds. Deb went back to college in 2004 to complete her undergraduate degree and discovered she still loved poetry and would learn to love writing prose. While at Marylhurst University, she also took an environmental photography class that reignited her artistic impulses.
Deb’s writing and art have been published in VoiceCatcher3 & 6, Qarrtsiluni, Right Hand Pointing, and Tinywords, among others. Deb has been active in online poetry and photography communities and managed Read Write Poem for a couple years. She blogs at Stoney Moss.
About the work
I can’t help trying to make art. It’s a part of who I am and how I experience the world. I work with color and black and white photography, most recently digitally, using a little Nikon camera and Picasa, an easy and free editing tool. I started drawing with charcoal, pencils, and conté while a teen, and added an iPad to my art box several years ago. I generally use the Sketchbook Pro app.
Most of my favorite photographs come from being present at a particular place at a particular time. Often, as in this piece, I hope to find something interesting in the odd or in the everyday.
I want to train my eyes to be surprised. One early morning the car windshield was frosted with bird-moths. I was delighted to be awake and able to capture this image before the sun drew it away.
An occasional project I participate in is the “Small Stones” series (a daily-for-a-month-writing-habit or ritual or bit of mindfulness). One month I doodled daily on my iPad to create small stones like “From Where I Stand” in word and image.
What’s next for Deb
One of my word/image “stones” was selected for an upcoming Qarrtsiluni edition, “Animals in the City.” And I will again doodle stones in January. I find using that daily hour to sketch with word and image restorative. It’s the perfect new-year tonic. I’ll also help publish the next edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. As the Design Manager, I created the online journal format this past summer and fall, and will continue to support the organization by maintaining the site and being the online editor. That said, we can always use more technical assistance, if anyone wants to learn or help with that side of things!
The Artist’s Challenge
Choose an image from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, or any magazine. Pretend it was an image from one of your dreams and write about it. Or join Small Stones for a once-a-day writing (or doodling) project in January.