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I'm an artist by trade and the urge to write came quite by surprise. I've dabbled in it a bit before but nothing as monumental as writing a mystery novel. Writing, I found, and very much to my surprise, was just painting with words. With a brush I can gently stroke indigo blue or vermilion onto a canvas to shadow a face in remorse. The same can be said of the words I brush across a page to project that same face, slowly drawn down into the collar of a borrowed, wool coat that was shiny from wear, yet retained the strength in its weft and warp to comfort a penitent soul. Add to that the ability to close my eyes and see how sunlight would dance across a marble floor after a rain, or how the long shadows of dusk transform even the most ordinary of objects into that which we fear most, is inspirational. I enjoy the writings of Agatha Christie and Henry Fielding, but I draw inspiration from the stories hanging on the walls of museums.

As an artist I've captured only a single moment in this skater's life, but as a writer I can fill in the lifetime that came before and after this moment.
"The Skater"
Original Oil after Sir Henry Raeburn, collection the artist/author.

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Comment by R. Michael Phillips on November 19, 2009 at 8:03am
Thanks Jason, I'll check it out when I get a few free minutes.
Comment by JS on November 18, 2009 at 11:42pm
Mr. Phillips, My site, just added a page to market oil paintings. Check it out when you have a moment. We also sell books & ebooks now. (finally developed after belonging to this ning site for some time).
All the best,

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