I met Portia Burton through one of the many FaceBook groups that I’ve been asked to join. You join a group, ask people to friend you within the group, and if you’re lucky, it does not turn into a High School clique, but one of friendship, nurturing and support. I am pretty sure I sent in the request to her (she’ll correct me if I’m wrong), and it was to my utmost pleasure that Portia “friended” me.
Ms. Burton was gracious to be one of the illustrators asked to design a badge for the Rule of Three Blog challenge I am co-hosting. The four of us went back and forth over the designs, and in the end, it was Portia’s badge we chose. You can see it on my sidebar. Since it’s already up on my site Tale Spinning in many ways, I won’t re-post it here. If you want full information, click HERE.
You can visit Portia’s blog, Portia’s World, and read her lovely poetry and see her amazing art. Become a fan. I am.
So, let me introduce you to: Portia Burton:
Tell us a little about Portia the artist.
‘Portia the artist’ may be a misnomer! I just developed my own latent talent for lines and colours myself, following some renowned artists like Van Gogh etc. I learned from art study books and mostly by ‘trial and error’ method.initially I copied many a famous paintings but soon started to express myself in water colour and also in oil on canvas. It was but natural because being a romantic poet at heart I was bound to paint to express ‘the colourful visions’ that I often get and which can not be expressed in words. Though I haven’t done much paintings as such, I do adorn my poems with illustrations, because for me words and colours go hand in hand. You may find such ‘illustrated’ poems on my blog ‘Portia’s World‘. I am also attaching some of my paintings here.
What inspires you in for illustrations?:Not any inspiration but a strong urge to create something colourful makes me paint and illustrate. I always carry a sketch book with me while traveling by tube and draw instant sketches of any fellow passengers whose typical manners catch my fancy or just do ‘fractals’ with colorful sketch pens.you won’t believe but the best place for me to design illustrations for my poems is the Church!In that serene atmosphere my words and allied illustrations automatically loose their rough contours and become fluid. I go there mostly in the late afternoon when there is hardly anyone there except for the friendly pastor.He is the first reader of my poems!
Your blog is very inspirational. Can you tell us about the passion(s) that drive you?
:My motivation comes mainly from my mother. She is a wonderful person,very strong in the face of adversities and very gentle like a flower at heart. Though she is a scientist,she is a believer and I have molded myself after her. Only because of her I have this particular humanist mindset. During the recent London riots I saw how she is made of steel. She was in the forefront when people of our area took upon themselves to clean the litter left behind by the rioters even though she is undergoing therapy for cancer! She thus inspires me and I feel it is my duty to inspire others. LOVE, yes, Love is the passion that drives me. I am so full of love!
You created an absolutely beautiful badge for The Rule Of Three Blog Challenge. Can you tell us the process you went through to create it?
:Oh, steeped in the culture where ‘coat of arms’ or ‘shields’ are everywhere to be seen,it wasn’t much of an effort! The motto ‘Through Words We reveal’ gave me the idea. So I have drawn an open book and a pen in the center, oh, I couldn’t help but write some ‘words’ from Shakespeare on that ‘book’! It was all done in a couple of hours.
What are you working on next? Any large project?
:there are many ideas in my mind but these days I have to devote almost all my time to my ailing mother, but yes, I would like to paint a series of illustrations on ‘the book of revelations’.
Anything else you’d like to say?
:Just ‘LOVE AND BE LOVED’!
Thank you Portia. I hope everyone has a chance to get to explore your site and get to know you.