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Ballad by RichardLeach Ballad by RichardLeach
Charcoal on old poetry book page.

This became part of a collaboration with :iconizaaaaa:


and a second collaboration with :iconmr-twingo:
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:iconwolfgamesstudios:
wolfgamesstudios Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Photographer
I'd love to see something like this, using blacked-out C.I.A paperwork stylings- haha.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ha! Yes! :D
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:iconxaliandrea:
Xaliandrea Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Great concept! I really like it. :+fav:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! And for the fave too.
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:icononeofthose-rachels:
oneofthose-rachels Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
I second DroopingSanityFences's comment -- the minimalism in the poem engages us and pulls us in. Gorgeous.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DroopingSanityFences Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
less is definitely more in this case.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconmarkus43:
Markus43 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
one of them there Pennsylvania surpirise storms


nasty and merciless
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
nasty when they strike, flooding and power loss follow - rough stuff.
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:iconpmaeck:
pmaeck Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Possibly the artist (that would be you) blacked out the lines; possibly the book's original owner did. We can't know which, and I like it that way. What emerges, of course, is a found haiku of sorts. As if the words remaining visible had emerged from their old skin, their old cocoon. These are the hardy, strong, significant words; those obliterated were the weak, sick ones. The poetic herd has been thinned by the Sharpie-weilding predator. The herd will be stronger hereafter.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you for that incredibly great comment! I have never read a better, more poetic description of a cross-out piece than that, nor do I think I ever shall!
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tractern Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Ambiguously beautiful.

:heart:

Dead lover? :(
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh gosh - it's possible!

Not necessary, though - ambiguity remains.

And thanks!
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:icontractern:
tractern Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
:hug:
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TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I appreciate that there is so much black in the midst of a screeching, dead-stop truth.

:iconso-often-bled:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks - black does a certain job like nothing else.
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:iconhoaxeye:
hoaxeye Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Kudos, you sure have some good ideas.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much - I'm trying!
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:iconhoaxeye:
hoaxeye Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
..smile..
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:iconwrzosowata-iro:
wrzosowata-Iro Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O dear. It's so beautiful ballad you "cross off" Richard. I really love this one - it's no nead anything more.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! There's something really neat about these when they work.
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:iconaerendial:
aerendial Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
great deleting and creating new concept.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:icongolland:
Golland Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Short, sweet and deeply bitter.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconartairk:
artairk Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
good one. could be taken in so many different ways and each different way seems to relate to one of my relationships. It's kinda universal.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks very much for the read and the comment!
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:iconartairk:
artairk Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I never faved it before, I got it now.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwolfgamesstudios:
wolfgamesstudios Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Photographer
bootyful
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconnavidoutlaw:
navidoutlaw Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
briliant!
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks, Navid!
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:iconcarriezona:
carriezona Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   General Artist
Simplicity is bliss. This is perfect.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
:aww: Thank you very much!
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:iconcarriezona:
carriezona Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010   General Artist
No thank you.!
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:icontimelord94:
timelord94 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Writer
AMAZING!
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
well, thank you very much indeed!
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:iconizaaaaa:
Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:love: oh this is so wonderful! and the title, "ballad"!

oh i would love to see it with [link] ! would you consider a collab? if it's not a too personal one, and it could be! i won't be offended if you say no! ;)
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
:aww: thanks, Isabelle!

:D collab would be fine - do whatever you wish! if you need the file differently than just by grabbing it from the page, let me know and i'll send it to you.
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Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
yay, super! :dance: I'll work on this! send me your email in a note so i can send you propositions when I'm done!
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
:salute:
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:iconpartiallyhere:
partiallyHere Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
poetry and minimalism.
a good mixture :nod:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks, dear! :heart:
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:iconpartiallyhere:
partiallyHere Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
:heart:
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:iconmirlimi:
mirlimi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Heaven hid the cruel storm...

This is altogether a new poetical media.
I ABSOLUTELY need to start doing this IMMEDIATELY.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz:

I hope you will do so!
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:iconmirlimi:
mirlimi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Well, currently painting my kitchen wall, yet another sort of poetic media altogether, but will try it shortly...
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blame-the-messenger Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I really like the concept of taking a poem and making it something new simply by blocking parts of it.. I've never seen this done before. Do you mind if I try something similar once?
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