In my case, I love the written word and I try to create everything from poetry to short stories to novels. Sometimes, I grab a pencil and sketch or doodle while I talk on the phone. When I was teenager, I sketched all kinds of things in my art book. I was lucky enough to have a few pieces hang in several different art galleries: London, Windsor and Toronto. I no longer own an art book or a sketch pad. Maybe, someone will buy me one for my birthday? Oh wait, everything is on hold or cancelled right now due to the COVID-19 virus. The only thing I’ll be enjoying on my Stay-At-Home Birthday is CAKE! That should keep me happy for now.
Now, that I’m slightly older than a wild teenager, I am finding my way back to the empty canvas and I am painting again. Usually, oh, who am I kidding, it is 99% of the time, I never show anyone else on earth my paintings, because I feel that I really suck. I do that comparison thing between me and every other artist on the planet. I know, I shouldn’t, but I do. Besides, I feel like no one else would be interested in what I paint.
Anyway, I can hear you saying, “Get to the damn point.”
If you are lucky enough to be one of those creative people, you’ll notice that there is a spark of imagination shooting out into many different avenues of your life.
How cool is this...
I was mentioned in the Huntsville Doppler today! Plus, a photo of my paddle art was included at the same time. LOVE IT!
To read the full article posted by Dawn Huddlestone, go to:
Are you a writer? Are you an artist? Can you be both?
Of course you can!
Dating back to prehistoric times, visual art led the way to telling stories. Cave or rock paintings were etched or drawn on walls and ceilings using pictographs. So, the real storytellers were the ones who could draw.
When I was growing up, our family played the classic board game, Pictionary during every long weekend gathering. It was one of our favourite games to play on family night. Basic rules: You pull a card from the pile, read the one-word on it (without telling anyone what it is) and then draw a picture of the word, so the other team can guess what you are drawing within one minute. Let’s just say, there were many hours of laughing our ass off at the people who could only draw stick figures. We had a hard time distinguishing a hat from a rocket ship, or a turtle from a car. These people were not storytellers or artists… they were considered the comic relief for the room, and I’m sure they had many other talents that just weren’t applicable to this particular game. Not to toot my own horn, but damn, I was the Queen of Pictionary and that is probably why I remember these flashbacks so easily compared to a few other family members who have erased these memories from our entire childhood.
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My Guest Post at Ascribe Writers
Ontario Writers' Conference Story Starter Finalists Are In!
Yesterday, the Ontario Writers' Conference Announced the 2016 Shortlist. My name was on it! Yay!
The Story Starters judge — Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar — had an even tougher job than in previous years. This year, there were 64 long-listed pieces (submitted between September 1 and February 29) – about 268 entries in all! From those 64 long-listed pieces, James selected the following writers who should be commended for their talent, bravery and unique ability to discover a story within another artist's creation.
The 2016 Story Starters Contest finalists are:
I love reading everything... books, magazines, blog posts and even manuals. I believe if you want to improve your writing skills, you MUST be a voracious reader.