WAYNE GAGNON

Artist and Poet

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Souvenir (Chilly)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Sunny Chilly Walks and Strolls

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Souvenir (Last Words)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Henry David Thoreau, Dylan Thomas

Note: At Open Mic Poetry (at The Hinge in Northampton, Ma), a challenge was thrown at the audience (mostly poets) to write a poem about the last words of Dylan Thomas and Henry David Thoreau. I accepted this challenge.

March 2013 Installation of “The Dove”

My mural/painting titled “March 20, 2003: What Now?” (also known as “The Dove”) will be on view at Food For Thought Books in Amherst, MA during the month of March, 2013.


March 20, 2003: What Now?
6 x 6 ft, acrylic on four plywood panels
©2005,Wayne Gagnon

March 20, 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. I’m not a political activist. I am not a political artist. In fact, politics rarely enters into my art work. However, back in 2003, I experienced unease, discomfort and insecurity in the weeks and days leading up to the impending war in Iraq. This uneasiness inspired several sketches. As the war escalated, these drawings ultimately turned into a mural-sized painting.

For me, this is not directly a political piece. It is my emotional (gut) reaction to an intense situation for which I did not like the direction of travel. It portrays fear, confusion, paranoia, helplessness, frustration and angst all wrapped into the warm embrace of peace and hope.

Since this painting was created in 2005, it has been installed for short stays at a number of venues in the Pioneer Valley. I’m pleased that, after many years in storage, it is going to see the light of day again.

Details
“March 20, 2003: What Now?”
Month of March 2013
Food For Thought Books
106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
http://www.foodforthoughtbooks.com

Creativity was Infectious

Creativity was infectious in Shelburn Falls, MA this afternoon. I sketched while at Mocha Maya (coffee shop) listening to a fantastic, full-house performance by The Rick Murnane Band.

Wayne Gagnon - Sketchbook - Musical Gator
Musical Gator
3.5 x 4.75 inch, Ink in Sketchpad
©2013 Wayne Gagnon

Wayne Gagnon - Sketchbook - Bowtie Bear
Bowtie Bear
3.5 x 4.75 inch, Ink in Sketchpad
©2013 Wayne Gagnon

Wayne Gagnon - Sketchbook - Elephant Hat
Elephant Hat
3.5 x 4.75 inch, Ink in Sketchpad
©2013 Wayne Gagnon

Note: For more information about The Rick Murnane Band, his blog at rickmurnane.blogspot.com.

Doodling

Send me to a conference and I WILL doodle.

Wayne Gagnon - Liger Doodle
Liger Doodle
2.5×3.5 inch (approx) ballpoint pen on paper
©2013 Wayne Gagnon

Wayne Gagnon - Bear-ish Doodle
Bear-ish Doodle
2.5×3.5 inch (approx) ballpoint pen on paper
(including Bic 4-Color Fashion Colors)
©2013 Wayne Gagnon

Souvenir (Chill)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Chill

Souvenir (Lady’s Day)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Lady's Day

Souvenir (Cinema Night)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Cinema Night

Souvenir (Corduroy)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Corduroy Helen of Troy

Souvenir (Somebody)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Somebody, River, Past, Present, Future

 

On Stage

Wayne Gagnon - Northampton Poetry - On Stage
(photo by Ken Molar, artist)

January 15, 2013: I hopped on stage to read a selection of poems from Souvenir, my poetry comic.  It appears the hit of my four minute “set” was the poem Tater Tots.

My performance was a tad rough around the edges, but quite a fun experience.  All this excitement happened at the Hinge in Northampton, MA as part of Northampton Poetry.

Souvenir (Snow Day)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Snow Day

Souvenir (Ginger Ale)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Ginger Ale WIne Tea

Souvenir (Garlic & Hair)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Garlic and Hair

Souvenir (shoes)

Wayne Gagnon - Souvenir Poem - Patent Leather Shoes