My wife recommended a Stephen King book to me recently. Not a horror book, but a book on writing. In fact it is titled, “On Writing.” I’ve always enjoyed reading and listening to a creative person talk about their process. This book is a great book about living a creative life. Even though the focus is writing, you could substitute “painting” for “writing” in most circumstances. It’s a really fun read, and also insightful about living as an artist. Below is one of the quotes I highlighted in my copy of the book:
Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as “good and other sorts as “bad,” is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to the tools you choose to work with.
The painting above is a fishing boat I’ve always been intrigued by in Rockport harbor. It’s fundamental shape is that of a lobster boat, but it’s been suped up quite a bit. I’m not a fisherman, but I do love the shapes and lines on this boat. This is a 16×20″ oil on canvas and will be on display at Greenhut Gallery in Portland, ME for their holiday show.