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Write Around PAM: Harry Fonseca

Nature carries within it profound beauty and immense power. We are often drawn to the tallest trees, the widest fields, the deepest canyons, the bluest lakes, the starriest skies. The cycles of nature provide food, shelter, rest, renewal, and hope. Nature, and our existence in it, is also so fragile, as we continue to see in the effects of climate change and the fires currently ravaging our region. 

Taking time to pause, reflect, and connect is vital, especially in moments of upheaval. If you are able, we invite you to spend some time today writing about your own experiences of the cycles of nature, using this piece by Harry Fonseca as inspiration. We have some prompts to help you get started. You can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 5 minutes and just keep the pen moving. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Fonseca’s life and art.

The days grew shorter… / Together we flew…

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 posts from Sundays this summer, and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM  

Harry Fonseca, Kodoyampeh and the Creation of Plants and Animals # II, 1992, acrylic on canvas, Gift of Lillian Pitt, © artist or other rights holder, 93.58.22