Thursday, January 26, 2012

W.I.P. from My W.S.K.

It’s gray and cold outside. Our yard is a patchwork of dried grass and opaque ice that won’t even reflect blue skies on that rare day when the sun shines. Yes, it’s the dead of winter, and having no snow makes the season feel like a pointless stream of dreary. No, I’m not depressed, thanks to my W.S.K., but I will admit I’ve been teetering. I don’t go outside much these days, not even in the virtual world of the blog-o-sphere (I have no idea what's going on with anyone--yeah, a little self-absorbed and myopic)—I guess it’s my way of hibernating. 

One tool in my W.S.K. is my set of watercolors. I’ve been painting. I’ve done some revisions on Girl Running (the next novel I hope to publish), but I’m a little sick of writing for now. That’s where the painting comes in. It seems to boost my serotonin levels enough to keep me getting out of bed in the morning. My latest project is a nautical scene (I thought it would be cool to paint something that might be seen in Wesleyville, Maine—the fictitious setting of UNCHARTED). So, I guess you could say it’s writing related. Besides that, I’m painting from an image provided by Liza Carens Salerno, who is a phenomenal writer and copywriter—not to mention beta-reader extraordinaire—so that makes it even more writing related in a way…

I’m down to the nitty-gritty eye-crossing part of the painting (yeah, that's right, the grass), so it may take a little while to complete it…but that’s just me…slow and steady…

So, here's a W.I.P. from my W.S.K.:


15 comments:

  1. better and better! You know your talent leaves me in awe.

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    1. You always get me blushing Bru...Thanks for your kind words...:)

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  2. I still think you should paint your book covers. :)

    I get sick of writing occaisionally which is why I switch to music and vice-versa. Oh, you're CD is done, I just need to get my butt to the Post Office.

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    1. Funny thing is, Charlie, I rarely ever notice type-o's!

      And I just might do something promotion-wise with my 'Maine scenes' paintings...we'll see... ;)

      Creatively speaking, it is good to have a few irons in the fire, so to speak. The mood to write doesn't always strike, but at least if we have another creative outlet, we're less likely to get bunchy, right! Can't wait to hear your music! (though I could go and listen to it on your blog, I'm going to wait for it...:)

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  4. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Reminds me of home.

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  5. "...having no snow makes the season feel like a pointless stream of dreary." So skillfully painted with words, JB, that I see it and feel it. (Need to plug in my full-spectrum light and get back to work myself.)

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    1. Sharon, There's nothing quite like melancholy to inspire words, lol...That reminds me, I need to add full-spectrum light to my WSK!

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  6. It's so fun to watch this evolve. I guess I'm fortunate that my W.S.K. involves a walk near or by the original. Now, it's time to get back to my W.I.P...

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    1. Liza, I rarely go outside when the temperature drops below 45! Though I suppose if I had something more than tilled fields to look at, I might be tempted.

      I worked on it a little more today. Perhaps I'll post my TINY bit of progress tomorrow.

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  7. Ooo, I need a W.S.K. Seriously! The painting is gorgeous. :) I think one of my survival things for the winter is hot chocolate. Without that, I might die.

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    1. Oh, chocolate is definitely in my WSK!

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  8. You are SUCH a talented painter, JB. A beautiful painting!

    Judy, South Africa

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    1. Thanks Judy, it was a really fun project! :)

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