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.
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
How cool that your grandma and dad were artistic and that this inspired your stories.
Wow! It's fantastic that your inspiration for your stories comes from your family's creativity
You incorporate everything into your stories!
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 :)
Oh, well done. Will look at pictures/art as new potential after reading this, Patsy.
So cool that you have such varied inspirational sources!
Love all your cover art. Happy IWSG!
Your cover art is beautiful. You have some great pieces of art to draw inspiration from.
Apparently, images hit the right chord. hehehe
Anna from elements of emaginette
Love your covers!
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