Tuesday, August 25, 2020
I’m really and truly excited to be able to (finally) tell you about something I’ve been working on in the background for months. Today is the launch day of Pleasefindthis Art (click here to go straight there) – A curated collection of fine-art prints containing lines from my poems, illustrations, patterns and more taken from my previous (and even some not-yet-released) volumes of best-selling prose and poetry. We looked around and wanted something in our home for my own family that reminded us of what was important and brought some light and colour to our spaces and so I started working towards making that real – almost everything you see on the site is up, framed and hanging in my own home.
Why? Because we’re all spending so much time at home these days that these spaces have become so much more than what they were, and if you’re going to be spending a ridiculous amount of time at home, it should be a place that brings you peace and comfort. Our homes should be places that energise and inspire us to live a life filled with meaning, wonder and delight in small spaces and large. I firmly believe that when you’re consistently exposed to the right words, images and ideas, your life starts to change. This artwork is inspired by my desire to bring more meaning, awareness and expression into my own, and everyone else’s lives. I hope I can bring that to yours.
Please take a look (We’ve taken 20% off for the launch) and as I always say, in so many different ways, I hope you find something here. And if you have suggestions or ideas, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – would you like to see that “Don’t Give Your Happy To Stupid” thing I wrote last week all together on an artwork? Something in a different colour? Would you like a personalised version of one of my poems? Let me know.
Oh, and if you’d like to win a free medium-sized print of your choice, find your favourite artwork on the site then share and tag me in it on facebook, instagram or twitter. Each time you share and tag on a different platform is another entry – I’ll announce the winner at the end of the week. I hope it’s you.
Working on this has helped me focus on what’s important, thank you for always reading and your time and for giving me the opportunity to make what I make, it fulfils me and makes me whole in a way I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to really explain.
Iain S. Thomas
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
and saw you in the park, and asked you
who you were waiting for
and you turned and as you turned
we found ourselves at our wedding
and I turned to you to say,
and you turned to me and we were in a house
with pictures of us on the walls and I turned to you
and you said
"Who are you?" and I said
"Who am I? Who are you and what's going on-"
and you turned to me and our children
ran past us and the girl held onto my legs, laughing
and you turned to me and
my back began to ache and I caught the reflection of myself
in the mirror and my hair was starting to grey and I
turned to you and you had tears in your eyes
and you said, "Stop, please, stop," and I held your hand
and said, "I'm sorry, this isn't me, I'm not doing this -" and you
turned to me, at our boy's graduation and rested your head
against my shoulder and said, "How is this happening?" and I could not answer
but your head felt good against my shoulder, even if
it was my mother's funeral and I
turned to you in the empty house while we waited for one of them to call
and said, "If I had known, I would never have-" and you turned to me
as I turned to you
as you turned to me in the hospital bed, holding my hand
holding your hand, you turned to me and I turned to you
and I bent my head down and kissed you
and kissed you
and kissed you
for what will always feel
like the first time
and I turned to you.