Art is Life in the Form of Beauty

Tamarack Verrall
Posted September 8, 2020 from Canada
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I grew up in a house full of art. My parents met in a high school that promoted art. They married at 19. My dad did fine line drawing and worked his whole working life in film animation. My mom loved being home with us six kids and did watercolour paintings, made clothing, quilted, wove, carved in stone and with clay, made tie-dye and batiks, braided rugs, made furniture, and with her father helped add a room to our house. We learned how to sew, dig clay in the yard, and always had paper, pens and paints to explore with. My mother and aunts taught me embroidery which I still do, from time to time. We camped in the woods every summer and I learned the art and beauty of nature. I was given a patch of ground in the back to create my first garden. My parents’ friends were artists too, and costume parties, filmmaking in the backyard, art projects and lots of exciting conversations are what I grew up on. My parents were my teachers. Nature has always been my muse.

From early on it was books and writing that became my passion, but all forms of art were deep in me. I do fine line drawing, play with material for costumes, loved dance from an early age, took some ballet, taught myself tap dance and mime, did street theatre, was part of creating women’s shows as we figured out how to do it in the 1970s. I did public speaking, sang, read poetry, designed bigger gardens, built buildings, taught myself how to make wooden bowls, made an outdoor oven, and am always gathering shells, feathers and bits of wood to turn into some form of art.

Artists are the storytellers, the preservers of what has been and the creators of what could be. It is in the creation of what we imagine and share, that we dream up possibility together. The poems, drawings that have been arriving on World Pulse’s call for art have been such beautiful songs from the heart. The stories not simply stories, but writing into reality all that we have experienced, and all that is possible now that we are together.

Here is a poem I wrote for all of you. I have read it out as I travelled across my country describing what we have together because of World Pulse. Click on the Gallery (top left of the second picture) for a stroll through the past...

We Are Rising

We are rising

We are rising

Now our voices carry

On the wind across the oceans

On the wings of the birds

By the sound of our drums

By the beat of our hearts

By the sound of our feet

Dancing on the earth

We are rising.

We are calling out to sisters

And our sisters call out answers

And we know

And we know

We are rising.

And we know what is possible

We know what is needed

And we know that with each other

Our voices vibrate with our fury

And our fury is the healing

And our fury is what’s needed.

Our voices vibrate with our joy

That we now have each other

And our drums sound out the message

Our drums are now connected

And we dance this dance together

We are here for each other

We are here with each other

We are here to make this happen

We are rising

We are rising.

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Honorine Ngenwi
Sep 08
Sep 08

Waoh Tam whats an interesting one. Those arts are so so beautiful. I love them. I am so happy for you, for you did learned so many things in life. I wish I could also have that opportunity but never the less all fingers are not the same. I also love the poem you wrote. it tells us that together we stand divided we fall.
May you continue to give us such encouragement and may God continue to give you the wisdom.
Love you Tam, stay save and stay bless.
Hugs xx

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Honourine,
Thank you so much for your message. I will continue to fight for every woman and girl to have the freedom I have had, and for the freedoms that none of us have yet, the freedom from violence, the freedom from violence from men who are taught they have the right, the freedom from these man-made wars like the one happening in your country, the freedom from poverty imposed by this man made world economy. Yes, we are in this together and I am so grateful for World Pulse making it possible for us to meet.
Big hugs back,
Tam

Honorine Ngenwi
Sep 09
Sep 09

Thanks Tam empowering women, youths, children is our motor
Love

Hello, Awesome Tam,

Wow! You just handed me tips on parenting when you describe your childhood! It must be wonderful to have a lot of art activities growing up. You keep surprising us! Those are beautiful yet meaningful drawings! Have you ever thought of writing a book with your own illustrations on it? You've truly mastered Art in different forms: writing, drawing, dancing, singing, creating bowls, and so on!

I love this poetry you dedicated to us, dear Tam! All it needs is a melody and that could already be our World Pulse song. Thank you for sharing with us. Looking forward to reading your post on bowls. :)

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Karen,
Thank you for your lovely message, and your heartfelt support. I'm sure your children will love having some paper and pencils to play with, or clay, crayons, whatever you have around. Drawing together in the sand, pasting little strips of paper with glue and making chains...I hope you can have some fun.
I'm so glad you love this poem, too. I wrote it out of my joy to be with you all here, and the hope that this has created in me from finding World Pulse, that together we can make the big changes we need.
Big hug,
Tam

Nini Mappo
Sep 08
Sep 08

There is such a depth of love and camaraderie in your childhood Tam. It makes one want to escape into your home and learn from your parents, join your creative fun! It is no wonder that there is so much love and understanding flowing from your heart through this poem to all of us. Thank you!

I am grateful to be part of these vibrations, the healing dance at World Pulse!

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Nini,
I realized early on that I was lucky to have such creative parents who also loved to have fun with us. I also knew early that life for me as a girl, and for all girls was so different from what is offered to boys.
I too am so grateful that we are here to do this dance for freedom and a different world, together.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Sep 09
Sep 09

Hello there Lovely,

Aw, what a lovely background story, with accompanying photos... love it! Thanks so much for sharing this part of you. I didn't know you had such a creative upbringing and inclination, too.

Hope you have a great, rest of your week, and that you've been able to get back into the swing of teaching!
XX

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

My dear sister,
It is always a boost to hear from you, thank you for being there, and for being "you".
Hugs back.

Jill Langhus
Sep 14
Sep 14

Hello Dearest Tam:-)

Aw, you're so sweet! You're very welcome!

You, too!!

You're interview with Julie rocked, btw:-)

XX

Mahima Rathore
Sep 10
Sep 10

Hello dear Tam
Beautiful poem written by you . Thanks for share beautiful journey. Would like to see your other art work like embroidery and all.
Love you❤

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Mahima,
Thank you for your support and your love. You inspire me to get to some embroidery I have been meaning to do!
Love back to you, dear sister.

Isata Kabia
Sep 13
Sep 13

This poem is FIRE! This is an anthem that must go beyond world pulse, to all women. Tam I’m going to paste this on my wall so whenever I’m down I’ll be reminded that we are rising.
I’ve also found my creative space during covid lock down and started drawing and painting again, something I enjoyed so much but never found time for. I’m so grateful to experience your art, thank you.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Isata,
I am so happy to know that you are touched this poem and have it on your wall! How great too that you have been drawing and painting with the extra time at home. I hope you will share some with us all here. I love ending meetings I have had telling about World Pulse to women here, with this poem. it really gets through to them that we are building this beautiful, loving, powerful movement together.
In sisterhood,
Tam