BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Capturing the feel of being there… ART FOR WRITERS

georgia O keefeNew York Street with Moon seems an approriate picture for a week where the moon has been so much in the news. I didn’t see the blue moon, the blood moon, or the super moon, but I did get a good look at quite a lot of clouds and a fair bit of rain. So, I will make do with Georgia O’Keeffe’s first painting of New York.

‘One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.’

She painted it in 1925, when she was living on the 30th floor of the Shelton on Lexington Avenue. Her featureless skyscrappers manage to be both oppressive and exciting while  the perspective is designed to make the viewer dizzy, because it’s all about the feel of the place.  Someone once said – I wish I could remember who – that all writing, fiction and non fiction, literary, romance and thriller, has the same aim: to convince the reader that they know what it is like to be there

I’ll end with another quote from the American artist that we should also take to heart.

Men put me down as the best woman painter…
…I think I’m one of the best painters.

 

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5 comments on “Capturing the feel of being there… ART FOR WRITERS

  1. thelonelyauthorblog
    February 2, 2018

    Good post

    • bridget whelan
      February 2, 2018

      Thank you for thinking that & thank you for taking the trouble to add that comment here

  2. Jennie
    February 2, 2018

    This is so good!

    • bridget whelan
      February 2, 2018

      Glad you like it Jennie – I feel so ignorant, I didn’t realise that she painted a whole series of New York paintings in the 1920s until I stumbled on this moon painting. Love the perspective.

      • Jennie
        February 3, 2018

        You’re not alone, Bridget. Thank goodness you stumbled on the painting! Many thanks.

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