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Janelle’s Red Pots & Warrior



Some artists are writers and some writers are artist; each craft informs the other.

My good friend and local (rather popular) artist, Janelle Loewen http://www.jannelleloewen.com/ is not only a great artist, but a wonderful
wordsmith as well. When I read her writing which is filled with vivid descriptions and colors, it comes alive on the page; I see the colors and feel the textures. Her artistic eye informs every scene she writes in the same way that her skilled paintbrush creates a world of wonder on the canvass.
When I am blocked or lacking creative energy I either set up my easel and paint or go to an art gallery. Now, let’s be clear; what I do is called painting a picture while Janelle creates a thing of ever-lasting beauty. But to get my creative juices to flow it does the trick.

When I go to museums and galleries where I can stand or sit and study a painting, it stirs my emotion. I always take a pad of paper with me so I can capture those arousing sensations by writing or drawing; however I am moved.

As a child and teen, I dreamed of the world’s great galleries, but given our family circumstance I never dreamed I’d ever see them with my own eyes. Thankfully the universe had bigger plans for me.

In London’s National Gallery http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/ in the famed Trafalgar Square, I visited each gallery room and then planted myself in a booth next to the café’s black lacquered walls, drank tea and wrote for hours. Being there, seeing the Renaissance art I had dreamed of all my life and having the luxury of hanging out at the gallery and café all day as a writer is one of my most cherished days. I filled a notebook that day with stories, ideas, impressions, characters and so much more. I revisit that notebook often for inspiration. In Paris the Louvre exhausted me – three more notebooks…. http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp

Last month I went to Victoria to see the Vincent Van Gogh film and some art. This month the Picasso exhibit is at Seattle Art Museum http://seattleartmuseum.org/. Next month I’ll be in Portland, my birth city and I plan a day at the museum and walking the old Portland blocks where I grew up. I look forward to seeing the Portland Museums new acquisition; Paul Gauguin’s 1884 Vue d’un jardin, Rouen (Garden View, Rouen). http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/
The holidays are a busy time. Though I don’t get as much writing done during November and December as I would like, I use that time to refuel my creative energies by attending galleries and museums. Then by January when I can finally get back to normal writing time, I am full of new experiences from which to draw upon. What moves you; art, movies, books, music? Read a book out of your normal genre, go listen to live music, see a foreign film. Get inspired; take notes. Then write!

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