As some of you know, I volunteer at a local art gallery sometimes. In this gallery there is always something new going on. We do local theatre, art classes, Cocktail & Canvas events, and the list goes on.
Recently, (as in the last month or so), there was a collection set up for a group called the Hutton House. They work with a variety of people, handling their different needs and helping them live independently. They also have a great art program to help teach their clients how to express themselves in other ways like… well art.
So, one of the nights I was volunteering they had their client’s artwork on display in the gallery. Each one was beautiful and unique in their own way, but for whatever reason the watercolour ones continued to catch my eye. There were two in particular that I liked the most, but sadly one was sold and the other was way out of my price range. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized why I loved those two prints.
They were the same colour scheme as my first book: pink, purple, orange, red, yellow, and white. They melded together into a sunset scene that shared a similarity to my back cover that I love so much.
I find I get inspired by the art in the gallery. Each piece tells its own story but not in the traditional sense with words. Art is another way of expressing yourself and evening discovering things about yourself that you didn’t know were there. The artist has their own reasons for loving their art, but it can be different for each of those viewing a piece. Writing describes emotions through words and actions, while art shows it in colours and shapes. Sometimes it is easier to do one versus the other, but those who do either have a way of seeing the world in a different way. Artists and Writers watch the world, piecing together the happenings other don’t normally catch.
This is why I love Instagram. There are amazing artists online showcasing their character designs for various pieces of popular literature like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and lately Throne of Glass/ Court of Thorns. (I had to add Charlie Bowater’s DeviantArt here because her work is AMAZING!!)
As an author, it is always nice to see ones work take on a new appearance when recreated by those who are passionate about their artistic talents. I was lucky enough to be able to commission a very talented artist, named Masha, who over the last couple of years has been helping create my main characters of the P6 Series. Seeing my characters come to life, gave me new drive and desire to see their world/life grow. Her inspiration from my characters, gave me inspiration to write my characters. One creative style feeding off the other to create an never ending circle of creative talent… which in a way is amazing.
Drawing and writing may be different but the creating and sharing is the same. Artists paint their stories while writer’s type theirs. In the end, they are forms of creation and inspiration for all those that view them.
Anyways… I’m rambling now…
If you ever find the time or somehow end up in London, Ontario, I highly recommend checking out the TAPS Centre on Downtown Dundas if you get the chance. The building is filled with history and the people working their are amazing. If you are also looking for a very talents artist to commission I suggest checking out Masha here. 🙂