I’m not artistic, though my husband and daughter will tell you I obsess about recording the ever changing landscapes that emerge where we live. These days, I have to force myself to refrain from saying the words: “I wish I had the camera” when they are with me. They are so sick of hearing it; one of them may clock me upside the head.
So imagine how tickled I was when blogging buddy, fellow online writing group member, talented artist and soon to be published novelist Bridget Chicoine asked she could paint one of my pictures. Bridget’s book, Uncharted, A Story for a Shipwright, takes place in coastal New England, and she was looking for something appropriate to the story to paint. She chose my photo of a peeling wooden dory as her next project, and is depicting her progress on her artist blog: JB Chicoine Unsupervised & at Large. If you’d like to watch as this talented woman develops her painting, click on the link. To learn more about Bridget’s writing and Uncharted, click here.
While art doesn’t live in my fingers, I’m grateful it exists in my mind. So as Bridget uses sienna or burnt umber as she layers and shadows her interpretation of my photo, I’ll stick with words in my attempt to sculpt the images that transform the land in front of me.
But as a back up, I'll keep taking pictures.
(This is NOT the picture Bridget is working on. I'll let her reveal that when she's ready.)