Susan Sarah here … joining in on the warm welcome to our new Wench, Anne Gracie!!
I'm waiting to see a new cover soon for the trade paperback edition of LADY MACBETH (release date is April '09), which I will be happy to show you all once it's actually and finally here! In the meantime, while my mind is on images, I thought it might be fun to play around with some images and the stories they can immediately conjure in our imaginations. Being a Very Visual Person (my degrees in studio art and graduate art history still come in handy) — I am a sucker for artwork. A painting that seems to tell a story can evoke all sorts of stories in my head — ideas bubble up as I wonder what's going on, who the people are, what the circumstances may be, the time frame, the location … this can be an easy way to feed an exhausted creative well sometimes.
Also, being a Very Visual sort, I find looking at paintings just very soothing and refreshing. I really do begin to feel more creative myself. Looking at art can be a great, fun way to limber up the writing and storytelling muscles. So let's take an art break on the blog today ….
And since our blog server has changed its formatting parameters so that some images seem to be coming out ABSOLUTELY FLIPPIN' HUGE, I thought I'd take advantage of that (until we figure out how to use the "new and improved" features), post a few pictures and let you all have at them.
Do these paintings conjure stories in your heads? If so, if you're not already a writer in actuality, you probably are in spirit! Take a look through today's art gallery and tell us what you think is going on … captions always welcome, or play with quick stories … and if you don't have time for that, just enjoy a little visual break today….
Good luck, have fun!
Painter's Honeymoon, Lord Leighton
Sir Frank Dicksee, Yseult
Vermeer, Young Lady and Gentleman at the Virginals
J.W.W. Waterhouse, The Tempest
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Silent Greeting