Write Around PAM: David Park

David Park (American, 1911-1960), The Cellist, 1959, oil on canvas, 56 in x 56 in, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Ronna and Eric Hoffman. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 86.77

All forms of creative expression invite us deeper into ourselves, with opportunities to reflect, to be changed, to feel inspired. Today we invite you to bring some energy from David Park’s The Cellist into your creative writing, and see how centering music can open up new spaces or connections in your writing.

First, think of a piece of music or a song that you feel connected to. If you have access to it, play it for a few minutes before you write. Or, choose any song or type of music that feels right for this moment – maybe even a piece featuring the cello!

Now, take some time to write, using Park’s painting and/or the music you chose as inspiration. We have two prompts to help you get started. Choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 9 minutes and just keep your pen or pencil moving.

It sounded like… / My favorite song was playing when…

David Park, The Cellist, 1959, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Ronna and Eric Hoffman, © artist or other rights holder, 86.77

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the year. Please share your work with us!  @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM

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