Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Art imitating art?

 Art is both human creative skill, and the results of that skill. The arts are different branches of creative activity. (Painting is an art, a painting is a piece of art, painting is one of the arts.)

The word can also be used to describe a skill or talent which doesn't produce a tangible result. For example the art of not being around when there's work to be done.

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post. You can sign up here if you're a an insecure writer, and/or would like to support those who are.

February's optional question is – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

No – not a single one, but many. My grandma was a good amateur artist and my husband is a professional photographer, so naturally I have an interest in these two arts.

In my novel Paint Me A Picture, the main character learns to paint – which saves her life. She and I were both inspired by a trip to the National Gallery. (The cover artwork is by my husband.)

I've attended two writing workshops with a connection to modern art and sold the stories I started at each of them. One of my few historical works centres around a (fictitious) painting, several of my contemporary short stories involve paintings and painters.

I also use photos for, and in, my work. Leave Nothing But Footprints is a romance novel about photographers, and photographers appear in quite a few of my short stories. I also take photos when researching, to remind me of facts, views and feelings.

11 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - love the magazine art for your short story ... Portrait of a Wife - can see your locks in there ... and yes art is creative isn't ... in fact all areas of life - cheers Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

How cool that your grandma and dad were artistic and that this inspired your stories.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Wow! It's fantastic that your inspiration for your stories comes from your family's creativity

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You incorporate everything into your stories!

Debs said...

I've found photographs inspirational but, despite being a lover of art, I've not considered using it as a source previously. I shall take my notebook with me on my next solo gallery visit & see what happens. Mind you, you're lucky having an at-home artist to design your book covers & provide you with writerly inspiration :)

ados123 said...

Oh, well done. Will look at pictures/art as new potential after reading this, Patsy.
Alyson

Mark said...

So cool that you have such varied inspirational sources!

Juneta key said...

Love all your cover art. Happy IWSG!

Allie Bock said...

Your cover art is beautiful. You have some great pieces of art to draw inspiration from.

www.alliebock.com

emaginette said...

Apparently, images hit the right chord. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

Damyanti said...

Love your covers!