Writing and Painting

e.e. cummings’ Strip Joint. Aldous Huxley’s sleeping wife (Maria Nys Huxley at Siesta).  Beautiful pastoral Brazilian Landscape by Elizabeth Bishop. Sylvia Plath’s Two Women Reading. These are just the tip of the iceberg of the number of writers who have taken up painting or drawing: The Brontë sisters, Proust, John Updike, Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Jack Kerouac, Anne Sexton . . .  okay, okay, I’ll stop.
The list is impressive, and if you are interesting in seeing many of their works, check out The Writer’s Brush, by Donald Friedman.  Some of these authors are quite talented artists.
I have been thinking a lot about art in the last few days.  The day after Thanksgiving, my husband and I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to check out the “Picasso to Warhol – Fourteen Modern Masters.”  Everyone who was anyone was on the walls or represented in 3-dimenstions – Picasso, 

Alexander Calder

Jasper Johns, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró, and Warhol.  There was Alexander Calder, the sculptor, who, I learned, was the creator of mobile sculptures – beautiful, whimsical, and intriguing. I have one – a little one (certainly not his, though I’d love to pretend it was one of his) hanging in my foyer.

I was most struck, however, by a painting of Jackson Pollack’s (Number 1A) that got me thinking about the connection between art and writing; hence, the list of writers above.
So, this week, I thought I would see if there are connections between painting and drawing and writing.  I think there are, and I think these connections can help us expand our writing.  I will be posting an article on BookPleasure.com in the next day or two and will have a link to the article on my blog.  It will offer some of the connections I see between the two arts as well as suggest a way to try out one of Pollack’s techniques in our writing.  We’ll see how well this works.
BookPleasures will have the main article that will explain what I’m trying to do; then I will post the exercise that goes with it on my blog.   I hope you will try this experiment with me and let me know if it is helpful or not.
But before I go, I’d love to hear from any of you out there who are both writers and artists.
Make the everyday daring!

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