Last week I had the privilege of speaking to Saturday Writers in St. Peters, Missouri. One of the things I talked about was the importance of light in sense of place. All writers have their own style. I do my best to incorporate the quality of light into each scene.
Friday I went with my good friend, Margot, to see the Angels and Tomboys exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. There, for the first time, I saw paintings by the artist John George Brown. A man who understands the importance of light in a scene and incorporates that quality into his paintings brilliantly.
I stood for a long time in front of Brown’s, The Cider Mill.
I thought about how that painting is the difference between, “Five little girls sit on a picnic table and eat apples” and “ PURE MAGIC”.
Look at the way the sun glows translucent through the grass in the background, turns the tall stems to living gold. See the pools of sun on the girls’ dresses, on the face of the child to the far left, the basket of apples in the foreground?
My friend Margot bought me a print of The Cider Mill. I now have this masterpiece on the wall next to my computer. We all need goals. Mine is to write the way John George Brown paints.