Monday, November 27, 2017

What Writing and Painting Have in Common

I’ve always wished I could paint.  But I never had a chance to take any classes or really try it.  Earlier this year several of my friends felt the same way I did, we all wanted to paint and never had.  We decided there was no reason not to start painting, so we just did.  One in the group was an artist/art teacher, so she got us started in our new adventure in acrylic painting.  Now we get together each week for art. 

What I didn’t expect was to find so many similarities between painting and writing.  For example, though I was painting a “nonfiction” subject-a pumpkin-there were endless ways to paint said pumpkin.  Just like a book about a nonfiction topic, there are endless ways to do it.  I knew what a pumpkin looked like, but I painted my pumpkin, my way. 

My pumpkin, my way.

But that isn’t the only similarity for me between writing and painting.  Here are a few others: 

I choose what details to put in a painting and what to leave out, just like in my books.

Revision is necessary in art, just like my books. 

I decide when a painting is finished, just like my books. 

I sometimes look at the painting later and wish I’d done something a little bit different or better, just like my books.

When other people see my art and it isn’t the sort of thing they like-it is ok, just like my books.

As a beginning painter every piece of art I attempt is a challenge, just like my books.

There is satisfaction when a painting is finished to know that I started with a blank canvas and ended up with something, just like my books.

If I’m happy with the final piece that is all that matters, just like my books.  

Carla Killough McClafferty


Carmela Martino said...

Great post, Carla! I too have wanted to try painting for a long time but haven't. Perhaps I'll give it a shot in the new year!

Bobbi Miller said...

I love your pumpkin! Thank you for this insightful comparison, Carla!

Carla Killough McClafferty said...

Thanks Bobbi and Marti (yes you should give it a shot-it has been great fun).