Monday, May 25, 2015

Painting With Words




"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas



Whether we write flowery prose or poetry, 

novels, articles, blog posts, or a little of each, 

I believe we paint word pictures. 

We make others see with a writer's paintbrush

stirring their minds through creative thoughts and images.




Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. friends!

For those who have served or currently serve in the military,

thank you for your sacrifice on our behalf.


What work of art are you creating this week?


Happy writing, 

Karen 




Photo credit: Free Images

23 comments :

  1. I never thought that writing a blog post is painting with words, but you're right. Have a great holiday!

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  2. I agree, and I also think that you are a word whisperer. Blessings.

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  3. I like that saying.
    Seeing a movie today, so I will be admiring someone else's artwork.

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  4. Natalie,
    Well, I figure we are offering some kind of image no matter what we write, you know? :) Enjoy the day as well!

    Linda,
    Now there's a good way to put it! You certainly have a way with words. :) Blessings to you as well!

    Alex,
    I do too! :) Hope you enjoy the artwork at the movies today!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  5. Beautiful picture of words!
    Happy Memorial Day!

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  6. Beautifully said.

    As I write, I see the action. Sometimes it's an adjustment to re-orient to my actual surroundings after I've been in story world. Hopefully, my readers get as involved in the story as I do.

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  7. Karen: I have spent time reading a lot of the Memorial posts on Facebook. Several of them have pictures about our church's "Memorial Hill", a plot of the property that has a flag display set up. Each small flag is attached to a white cross with the name of a hoosier (Indiana person) who died in either the war in Iraq or in the war in Afghanistan. Our son took one two years ago that is from an unusual angle.

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  8. Hi Karen - I'm actually taking a creative break at the moment. My book releases in June, so I spent most of May doing edits of that and a second manuscript. My brain is tired! I'm gearing up to write a story for a kids' educational market, though, so I'll be researching this week. Does that count?

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  9. Tyrean,
    Thank you so much! Have a great week! :)

    Susan,
    Thank you! It sounds like you really get into your stories! :)

    Cecelia,
    You will have to post the picture your son took sometime. It sounds interesting! :)

    Lisa,
    Yes, of course that counts. Sounds like you have been very busy! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  10. I believe writers paint with words also. I seem to be a scene painter. Now I just need to make sure that all these scenes are necessary for my memoir about attending college with five children in tow. Thanks for sharing this, Karen.

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  11. I am working in my garden, which is really a piece of art from God :) but it needs human hands as well!

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  12. Such a lovely quote from Degas and so suitable for writers. Glad we have a time to celebrate our veterans and remember their service.

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  13. Victoria,
    It takes a good balance, doesn't it? Wishing you well with your project! :)

    Marja,
    Yes, I would say that it could probably use a little human help! :) Have fun!

    Lee,
    I agree, love this quote. Hope you had some R&R this weekend! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  14. I hope you had a nice weekend. Those are wonderful words for the week.

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  15. Hi Karen! You are so right about 'word pictures'. It gets hard to figure out how to explain what's going on our heads sometimes, doesn't it?
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had lots of family, and a new grandbaby too. So blessed :)
    Blessings,
    Ceil
    (I have tried to access your blog for several weeks, but kept getting blocked. I finally got through...I hope I can continue to connect!)

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  16. This is so true. We write things that others can picture in their minds.

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  17. Thoughtful quote, Karen--thanks for sharing. I hope to pick up my writer's paintbrush and paint some words this week after a busy weekend. You've given me some inspiration to get back to work :-)

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  18. Holly,
    Thank you, it was a nice weekend. Hope you get some R&R and inspiration after your busy weekend. :)

    Ceil,
    I am sorry you had trouble with the blog! Sometimes the blog platforms hit a glitch, don't they? I had trouble commenting on a friend's yesterday. Congrats on the new grandbaby! So excited for you!

    Medeia,
    We really do! The world wouldn't be as exciting without writers! :)

    Kenda,
    You are very welcome. Happy to lend some inspiration! :) Wishing you well with your projects.

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  19. Painting with words is a beautiful way to look at it.

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  20. Hi Karen - yes you're so right there aren't you ... bringing our words to life, so others can see our art in all it's wonderful colourings ... cheers Hilary

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  21. Diane,
    It's kind of fun to think of it that way, isn't it? :) We are artists, after all!

    Hilary,
    I like the way you put that, "in it's wonderful colourings". We do make the reader see things whether concepts or pictures or stories or a little of each. It's fun to think of it like that, I think!:)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  22. I appreciate the quote and the blog post.

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  23. Theresa,
    Good to see you. Glad you liked the quote. Reminds of the haiku you write sometimes.:)
    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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