Posts Tagged ‘The Golden Egg’

Two of my guest posts went up on blogs this week. The first, “Writing Isn’t for Ninnies,” appeared January 30th on Casting Shadows – Home of the Young Adult and Children’s Author, K. B. Lever. It’s about the thick skin a writer needs to develop in order to get through the sometimes negative feedback she receives from editors, reviewers, and readers.

The Golden Egg And even if you grow that crocodile-tough hide, it still stings when someone doesn’t like your writing – or for that matter, your artwork. Probably the most painful critique I’ve received of late came from some editors at a children’s book writers’ conference. I’d submitted copies of a few paintings for review by a panel of experts. One editor said (in a rather disgusted manner) that he had nothing to say about my illustrations. A couple of others said they didn’t care for the paintings, and my art wasn’t the sort of thing they used. The last panelist picked away at the techniques used, the anatomy, facial expressions, etc.

Luckily, the slides weren’t labeled with who the artist was (me), and I didn’t have to stand up in front of the crowded room and take the criticism. But it still was uncomfortable. And I knew that it didn’t matter if their criticism was accurate or not – I needed to push beyond it, remain true to my creative vision, and resume my writing and painting. (One of the unloved paintings, “The Golden Egg,” appears here).

box of clovers My second guest post of the week was “Seeing Fairies” at Kriss Morton’s Cabin Goddess site. This was a first for me – a Fourth Wall post. As Kriss describes it: “Allow yourself as an author to open up a new avenue of sharing your AUTHOR PERSONA & WORLD BUILD in a unique and creative fashion.. Just take a chance, write fluidly and from within that “place” you hangout at with your muse. Or perhaps walk in the door, tuck into a corner & watch your characters, or talk with them…”

In the post, I reveal I’m a cloverhand – a term you’re not likely to recognize unless you’ve read Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament. Basically, it means I constantly find four-leafed clovers, and I see folk from the world of Faerie. How much of the post is factual and how much fanciful? I’ll let the readers decide.

But just in case you don’t believe in cloverhands, here’s a picture of a few of the four and five-leafed clovers I’ve found recently. Eventually, the pressed clovers become so brittle their leaves fall away and they turn to dust – but what magical dust it is indeed.

To read my 1st Fourth Wall post: http://cabingoddess.com/2013/02/seeing-fairies-with-vonnie-winslow-crist-fourth-wall-friday/

And look for another author guest on Monday. Till then, believe in the magical! – Vonnie

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I’ve been taking time out from writing to do some drawing & painting. I finished a fantasy watercolor painted in various pinks, blues, and purples called Poet’s Moon, then sent a bit of it off to an editor for cover art consideration. That bit will be the cover of the February 2012 Scifaikuest.

I drew a pen & ink, faeriefolk-infested maze for BSFAN, Balticon’s souvenir book to promote my book from Cold Moon Press: The Greener Forest. (I’ve received positive feedback from a number of attendees on the maze). I painted a sweet little fairy, “Crocus,” for an ad in the next Faerie Magazine. Plus, she’ll be matted & framed for an upcoming art exhibit – I’ll have to let you know after it’s published what folks think.

I painted 2 gouaches “on spec” for the cover of an upcoming speculative fiction anthology: Rush of Wings. (Hmm, I’m not sure if that’s the true plural for more than 1 gouache — that strange child of watercolor & acrylic paints). One painting, “Rush of Wings,” was declined, and I’ve since sent it out to another editor for another project. The other, “The Golden Egg,” is still being held by the RoW editor. Both speculative paintings just sold from an art exhibit I have at Bel Air Barnes & Noble (MD) for June 1-30, 2011.

Two other paintings have also just sold “off the wall” of my local Barnes & Noble: “Mermaid & Friends,” the cover art for my eShort Sideshow by the Sea, (soon to be included in my new book) and “Three Dwarves,” a watercolor used as cover art by the now defunct Lite – Baltimore’s Literary Magazine. For those interested, you can see the mermaid painting and also, “Acorn Sprite,” a small painting that another buyer has expressed interest in purchasing when the B&N show ends — at the art-gifts on this blog: https://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com/art-gifts/

 I sent the 2 gouaches (mentioned in paragraph #2) plus a watercolor called “Strawberry Dragon” off to my local Society of Book Writers & Illustrators annual Jack Reid Scholarship for free tuition to their July conference. And, gulp, I won the illustrator’s scholarship, so my $195 tuition is being waived!

So what does this “sudden” artwork success mean? Should I stop writing and devote myself to illustration? I think not! I believe these positive responses to my artwork tell me the hours, days, weeks — actually years — that I’ve spent painting and studying art are being acknowledged. Practice has helped me to get better.

I’ll continue to practice my painting and my writing this summer. Hopefully, I’ll have good news in both disciplines. But most importantly, I hope to grow and improve so I can bring my readers better stories and more powerful art in the future. And I encourage all of you to practice whatever it is that you enjoy doing — and I bet you’ll see an improvement in your skill-level, too!

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