Write Around PAM: Fern Coppedge

“Little House Next Door” by Fern Coppedge. Oil on board, 11 ¾ in x 9 ¾ in. Vertical oil painting with thick broad brushstrokes with layers of color framed in a thick gold frame with two small gold lines near the corners on each side. A brown two-story house with a one-story addition to the right sits in the middle of the painting surrounded by five trees with long, bare, bending branches, and landscape covered in snow. A small snow-covered stoop extends past the blue front door which is flanked by blue windows on each side on both stories. The A-frame roof is covered in snow and has a chimney extending at the top on the right. The one-story addition on the right has a blue front door with a window to the right. On the right side of the building a large stone chimney extends past the roof and is flanked by two thin tall windows. Snow covers the yard which is bordered by a gray stone wall. A small bush stands in the corner of the yard. The gray and white sky is visible beyond the trees and a swath of dark vertical strokes resembles mountain landscapes in the background.

Many of us have likely gotten to know the streets we live on a bit better this year as we take walks in the neighborhood or spend time looking out our windows while we try to stay close to home and maintain social distancing. Or maybe life has shifted in a way that means our neighborhood is new or different than it was a year ago. Today we invite you to spend some time writing about this sense of place, using this piece by American Impressionist Fern Coppedge as inspiration. 

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 10 mins and just keep your pen or pencil moving.

Just around the corner… / On the street where I live…

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 winter. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Fern Coppedge, Little House Next Door, ca. 1930, oil on board, Gift of Karen Howe and James FitzGerald, in memory of Claire FitzGerald, © unknown, research required, 2018.21.1

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