Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Art Auction

On the cruise, I visited the art auctions--every one of 'em. And found myself walking away with a new appreciation for art.

Let me back up. I am completely untalented when it comes to art. I've managed to perfect the drawing of a horse and a chain, but that's about it. Oh, and I do the plot skeleton, but he only serves to prove my complete inability to draw. So I've always had a sincere appreciation for anyone who can sit down and make a flat page come to three-dimensional life.

I think I am interested in art because it's so analogous to writing. Both writers and artists start with a blank canvas. We both could create worlds of anything. We both have to think about theme, character, setting, and sometimes even plot. We both work in a medium that is fairly subjective--bad is bad, good is good, but beauty can be a matter of taste.

Several years ago Tyndale House hired artist Michael Dudash to paint covers for five of my historical novels (Roanoke, etc.) A couple of years after the series finished, Michael wrote me and said that he was trying to help his church raise money for a new septic system. So if I was interested, he'd sell me those original oils at a good price. I had never in my life bought anything that could even remotely be considered "fine art," but I wanted to help with the septic tank, so I promised Michael that I'd buy a painting for every contract I signed that year. And, as the Lord would have it, I signed enough contracts to buy the entire series.

Fast forward a few years. I DO love fine art--I have a passion for Van Gogh and the impressionists, and I dearly love Klimt. But I was pretty much buying good copies on eBay. :-) Until the cruise and the art auction.

The auctioneer, Andre from Australia, taught us as he moved those paintings. I saw a video clip of Howard Behrens, who paints incredible scenes with a . . . the word escapes me--pallet knife, I think. Anyway, it looks like a little trowel, and he just dabs paint onto the canvas and magic happens. I also fell in love with Pino, who got his start doing romance novel covers, and I learned a lot about Erte, Picasso, and Chagall. (While I can appreciate those latter three, they wouldn't exactly look at home in my house, if you know what I mean.) I also learned about a new artist (new to me, anyway) named Nechita. Oh, and Luongo. They had two Luongo originals on the ship that were positively breath-taking.

Anyway, I came home with a hand-embellished Behrens seriograph and two seriograph still lifes (lives?) of fruit--I have a thing for fruit. And I think I'm going to try to do more to support the art world--in what is an admittedly small way. Because I'm enthralled by the wonder of it all.

BTW, if you're interested in how writers learn to write, BJ Hoff has a fascinating post on her blog. Here's the link:http://www.bjhoffgracenotes.typepad.com/ Enjoy!



Patricia Pomeroy Tanner said...

Hi Angela,
I am an author of Christian fiction. Of the six books I have written, two have been published. If you so desire, take a look at my blog: ptannerauthor.blogspot.com.
I went to Gina Holms blog and was very impressed with what she does. I would like to know how to contact her. If you could help me I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanking you in advance.


Southern-fried Fiction said...

Patricia, I'm Gina Holmes blog partner. You can post a comment on teh blog and we'll contact you back.

Angie, my dh is an artist, so you should see the art in my hosue! LOL It's all OVER my walls, but I love it. He sells so many, but it's all word of mouth. If he advertised, then he'd have to paint and it would become a job! He sure has the right idea!

Anonymous said...

speaking of the keepers of the ring series, could you do a BOM on one of them soon? Roanoke was the first book of yours i read after you reviewed them in Brio magazine wayyyy back in '97 or something.

Anonymous said...

You should check out www.dailydrawingdiary.com - I met Rob Pepper back around Easter time when he was touring with The Voice (a book spearheaded by Chris Seay). Rob does all of his drawings by only looking at the object he is drawing, never down at his paper. Very neat to see.