Today I was in one of my moods regarding creativity and decided to share another side of myself. As many of you know, I not only write, but I'm also an artist who specializes in soft pastels and charcoal. I know I've shown some of my book covers, but today I felt like sharing some of the other works I've come up with over the years.
This first piece is a soft pastel which was inspired by a song by Nina Gordon, "Tonight and the rest of my Life". Her we have an angelic figure who holds a universe in her arms and behind her you can make out large fingers which in turn cradle her.
This piece was coming along beautifully until it came time to do the face. I couldn't find the right one to use, or get the angles right. Then my wife stepped in and posed her head just right, and from then on the painting seemed to come alive. It held even more meaning than before to me as I retouched areas and strove to finish it with great love and affection, for now it showed how much she means to me and how she holds MY universe in her arms, forever and always.
This next piece was inspired by Holts' "The Planets Suite". Many of us has heard the "Mars, Bringer of War" with its powerful ominous tones, but there are a number of other songs on the album that brings the almost all the planets of our solar system into new and even playful ideas. Having played violin in school for a number of years (no I did not ever play Holts' music unfortunately) I often found myself drawn into the music as it filled my head with all sorts of wondrous images. So in this piece I tried to capture those moments and feelings in my work. I like to think I succeeded.
Mind you, I do not specialize simply in cosmic inspired artwork. I'm one of those artists who simply paints whatever catches their fancy. Take this Pink Iris for instance. This lovely blossom was growing in our backyard one year and I was totally captivated by how the sun was catching it in just the right way that it seemed to glow. I immediately set up my easel outside and pulled out my pastels and went to work. In one hour I was done. This is probably one of the fastest pieces I've ever created, and I was very pleased with the results.
Finally, I wanted to share one of my charcoal pieces. This Spotted Owl, I created from looking at various photos of owls and I came up with this fine, slightly scowling, fellow. While by no means my best charcoal piece, it gives you an idea of some of the effects I've been able to achieve in that medium. I was particularly proud of the feathering effects I was able to capture in this piece.
So what does all this have to do with writing? Sometimes an image can give birth to a story, and vice versa. Both inspiration and creativity can take so many forms and need to be expressed in different ways. In my case, I've been able to blend the two into my books and enjoy every minute of it, even during the more 'difficult' times. They can be a struggle, but they usually lead to some fine results one can be proud of.
If anyone would like to see more of my artwork, you can go to this link at Fine Art America, where prints, pillows, duvets, towels, and so many other items can be purchased with the images beautifully imprinted on them:
I'll be sharing more images here as I get better quality photos, as well as continuing my posts about my adventures in writing. I must say even after being an Indie Author for 3 years now, I'm still on a learning curve. Is that true for others as well? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in the comment section below.
Thanks again for tuning. Until next time, take care and keep writing.
Popular posts from this blog
Well, my wife Helen and I have finally finished moving into our new place. I'll be posting some more videos from my Vlog about that shortly, but I wanted to focus on another subject today. Hobbies, talents, things people do for adventure, enjoyment and relaxation. Now in creating characters that seem real to the audience I've found that the more real and reachable the characters are (i. e. they're like people you know or might meet) they're the ones that the readers seem to really relate to and even come to love. Now one method I've used to make my characters seem more human and real is to give them traits that are familiar, and even somewhat odd but intriguing. I've given characters hobbies or activities I've tried. When they are finished with what I've written, some have even gone and done research of their own on the activity. Some have even taken it up and made it a part of their lives. But how did that happen? Simple, whether it's pla
Okay, yesterday was a big day for me. My novel "THE BRIDGE" is now available in two 'brick-and-mortar' bookstores. How did I make this happen? Are sales jumping through the roof? Is my name out there so much that fans are demanding it be available everywhere? Two words.... I WISH! No, the simple truth is when you're an Indie Author (someone who has published through Createspace or other means to make a printed copy of your book), you have to do a lot of things yourself. One of them is marketing and getting your book into stores. Now, if you've done a good job marketing and your sales on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites are going really well, you might land up in bookstores. Some chains look to those sites to see what's the hottest sellers going and is it available in print form. They don't want to be left out of the loop and fall behind. But you have to have great sales for that to happen. But if you're just starting out and are
The last 7 days have kept me busy. I mean REALLY busy. And the sad thing about it all is that some of this could have been avoided....up to a point. Now I'm talking about re-editing my first novel AFTER it had already come out. Why would I do that? Because in spite of the combined efforts of myself and 2-3 other people checking the novel over for grammatical errors, a number of them got past all of us. From day one, I was determined to try and put out as good a product as I possibly could. And when I found out I'd failed, I felt obligated to go back and fix things. Now, I'm sure a number of you are wondering to yourselves, "Is he saying he never got it professionally edited?" The answer is, "I did not." Now, this is not because I was so arrogant in my own writing abilities, nor was it because I was being cheap and didn't want to put the money out. The truth is... my wife and I have applied for Food Stamps and have been getting aid from my