Check out this awesome cover for Laurel Garver's new book, Muddy-Fingered Midnights.
And, if you didn't have a chance yesterday, come check out Clara's 18 Things at Jamie Ayre's blog.
|Add caption Panel 1: "Look out Elise, I see the dragon's cheek! She's right behind me." "Dudette, I know, get up in this balloon so we can getaway with her treasure!"|
Panel 2: "Michelle, what are you doing?" "My foot got caught in a twist Just help me up, all right?"
Panel 3: "Don't worry Lady Dragon, I'm here to save your treasure from these two thieves!"
Ok, so my entry for that made no sense at all, but I had fun. Hopefully the dragon will take good care of supergirl, even if the two thieves forget to send the champagne.
I've been having so much fun these days that I thought I would sign up for more fun as an A to Z minion for Spunk on a Stick. Check out the cool badge:
Meanwhile, my Champion in the Darkness blog tour is going well, thanks to all of my awesome blogger buddies. In addition to those awesome buddies who signed up to help, I've had some unexpected, totally surprise help in spreading the word about Champion in the Darkness.
Brinda Berry is hosting a Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway on her blog, and Champion in the Darkness is one of the five books available for that! Check it out here!
Also, I haven't been very good about posting this on my blog, but I'm having a long Giveaway with the blog tour. If you want to sign up, here's the rafflectopter info:
Although I don’t believe you have to be an artist per se to write good description. You only need to be observant.
One of the most important lessons when studying artist is that a good artist spends more time observing than they do creating art. Consider the following quotes:
Art demands constant observation. (Vincent van Gogh)
A heightened sense of the observation of nature is one of the chief delights that have come to me through trying to paint. (Winston Churchill)
It is difficult to say why I decided I wanted to be an artist. Obviously, I had some facility, more than other people, but sometimes facility comes because one is more interested in looking at things, examining them, more interested in the visual world than other people are. (David Hockney)
When you study art you learn about the warms and cools of color, how the sun affects nature, how ambient light seeping through a window can create a mood. How, if the light glares at you from below -the shadows that are cast will make you look ghoulish.
All of these things can be written in your book. You can explain an atmosphere through observing life around you as if you have the eyes of an artist. And you don’t necessarily have to be able to draw well. You just need to observe well.
It’s little wonder that a plein air artist has trained their eye to observe the nuances of nature. They have heightened their observance skills to adapt to their needs.
And then find the words to explain what you see!