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Visual Poems by Roqué

June 17, 2018

Creativity / Visual Poemts

This summer, I am releasing short digital art pieces that I am calling “Visual Poems”.  They will generally be no more than one minute in length and will include video footage with any combination of spoken word poetry and/or original music.

They can be viewed exclusively on my new Youtube channel, and I will announce on all social media when new poems are released.

Why am I doing this?

I want to explore different ways of expressing my ideas. I have always been a musician, visual artist, and writer/poet.  As such, why don’t I combine all of these skills into something that is textured and multi-dimensional? Why stick to only one when I can utilize all three?

In any case, I am releasing the first visual poem today. It includes part of a song that I wrote last fall called “The Memory”.

Enjoy .  .  .

Please stay tuned for more visual poems to come.

-Roqué

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My Summer of Art and Creativity

June 3, 2018

Creativity

It’s June!! Now that summer is upon us, I am feeling blissfully excited to create magical, beautiful things. There is a small handful of projects I want to take on over the next three months, and I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram and social media.

Here are the upcoming projects in a nutshell.

Creative Thesis Project
The biggest project I am tackling is one related to school. This is a sizable undertaking that will require a large amount of thought, time, and effort. Work begins this month. More on that later.

Photography
Some of you may have noticed the photos of flowers I’ve been posting on social media. Those photos are the result of my tinkling around with my new DSLR camera which is a Nikon D5600. I want to get better at photography, and I’ll be posting more floral and landscape photos.

Stippling
You may recall the pointillism art that I have done in the past. Here is an example of one of my pieces:
I want to start a new piece, and I am trying to decide what it will be. I may or may not incorporate some watercolor. These pieces take a long time to finish, and I will probably just take my time with it. We’ll see. I’ll be posting my progress on it on Instagram once I get started.

Where Pianos Roam

Finally, there will be a new season of my whimsical side project, in which I document the exploits of a traveling miniature grand piano and her rowdy bench.  I’m hoping the new vignettes will start appearing in late July across all social media.

Visual Poems
I am working on integrating my music and poetry with visual video vignettes. This is one of the first steps in this direction.  I have lots of ideas I want to try out. Look for the first video vignette to launch from my youtube page soon.


So, that’s my upcoming summer in a nutshell. I will not have a full schedule of classes to contend with, and my cat Steinway already has me penciled into his schedule for daily feedings, cuddling, and poop-scooping. Sigh.

What are you doing this summer?

-Roqué

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Creativity and Identity: To Be is To Do

December 3, 2017

Creativity

I have learned to redefine what I believe a creative person is.  It is not solely about the label of being a “performer”, “musician”, “inventor”, or “sculptor”.  As one’s identity relates to creativity, it has less to do with an actual title and more to do with an active state of doing creative work.

A creative person performs music every day.  She works on developing a new invention on a regular basis.  She has designated times to work on a current sculpture or 3-dimentional concept.  He is constantly tweaking a new business plan or marketing strategy.

A creative person is actively engaged in the work and craftsmanship of creating.

To settle on a label such as “artist”, “singer”, or “strategist” is to be passive.  We are all more than what any one word could encapsulate. This is why I think of creativity as a constant state of movement and innovation.

I make this distinction because I get asked all of the time what I like to do.  For the most part, I tell people that I create art through music and visual media every day.  I stay away from using labels, and I choose not to limit who I am and what I can or cannot do.

I know that labels help everyone else understand, relate to, and conceptualize what I do, but first of all, it is not my responsibility to help everyone do that.  Secondly, I can be intentional about describing the work I do instead of just giving a label.

Creativity is a way of life.  A fluid mindset.  A flow of movement.

This perspective and small pivot in how I perceive myself keeps me more open to limitless possibilities as a creative person.

Creativity is in the doing.  The being will always be secondary.

If any deeper explanations are needed, your creative output that you actively work on every day will speak for itself.

-Roqué