Art and stuff

Another Waiting for Spring question. Or rather, two questions:

Are you an artist, like Tess? And what is Van Dyke Brown?

* Do you consider this art? I call it:
Arms Up, Arms Down, Arms Behind Your Back

Seriously…no, I’m not. Like Tess I sometimes struggle to express myself verbally. Instead I have my keyboard. She has her paintbrushes. I did do a great deal of research before I put those brushes in her hand, though. I have a close friend who is an artist (her stick figures are much better than mine), and I peppered her with so many questions that she stopped answering her phone when she saw my name pop up on the Caller ID. Next I read several books and visited lotsa websites to fill in some of the blanks. Finally, I bought a canvas, easel, and a bunch of acrylic paints and brushes and went to work. The result was hideous, and was immediately destroyed (also research; if you’ve read the entire book, you’ll know what I mean), but it did give me a feel for the process. And it gave me one of the biggest headaches of my life. I was kinder to Tess, and let her paint with the windows open.

* Van Dyke Brown: CLICK HERE.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

3 responses to “Art and stuff

  • Kimberly

    I think that your art is very charming (and better than what I could do).

  • anilize

    My two Eurocents: Art, like Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
    And I agree with Kimberly, your stick figures have a certain je ne sais quoi (showing off just about the only French I know). So there.

    And big congrats on crossing the 100-page line in the Screnzy! Victory dance all round!

  • R.J. Keller

    LOL! Thanks guys. I guess I have a fallback career now.

    Oh boy…Script Frenzy. My problem wasn’t reaching the 100 page line. It’s the fact that I’m only about halfway through the story even after I hit the 100 page line. Ack!

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