The Inspiration of the Visual Arts
Time for another blog chain round, one that starts with a question from Amparo:
There are many many creative things that I excel at - fashion merchandising and design, home design, choreography, theatrical production, composing and writing among them. You notice I don't mention painting or drawing. I am not a strong artist in that domain. My mother, was, however. Self-taught and amazing, she took the time to pass those skills down to my two children (it absolutely skippedConfession: I can't draw to save my life. *sigh* If you had some seriously epic drawing skills (or if you already have them) which published book would you have loved to illutsrate? Why does that book--and its characters/premise--strike you as something you'd love to work on as an artist?
Now, the question wasn't about my mother's artistic abilities. It was about illustrating books and inspiration. So, I guess I will get back to that question!
I would love to illustrate my books, actually. Using photo manipulation skills, I would love to create the worlds of Celestium, Aydan and Nesy, as well as the world of Ien and his insanity. See, I am a visual writer in many respects, creating on paper what my mother created with paint. I "see" my stories long before I write them, struggling to put into words the visual impact of their stories. Most days I think I do a good job. But there are some when I wish I could draw what it is my head, study it, then write it.
What about you?
For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.
|My Mom the whimsical artist, several years before her death.|