Monday, February 22, 2010

With Glowing Heart: An Olympic Comment from Vancouver

Morning Sun on Silver Lake
Acrylic on Canvas 11" x 14"

I've missed connecting with you this month.  Writing is filling much of my creative time, however, I am still painting and drawing - that keeps me grounded. Here is a sweet memory from a camping trip last summer at Silver Lake, Washington. I'll have some new art to post soon, a few pieces are in the works.

Things are coming along at Olympic speed. I feel that a gold medal may be in the offing for me. My main event is Writing the Book.

I am over the moon about learning how to complete a book and prepare a proposal for a publisher. Two things that I love about this project are the steep learning curve and the opportunity to amalgamate information into a cohesive result. That all sounds a bit nerdy but it is sincere. I feel elated, energized and optimistic. That is my own gold medal.

The steep learning is coming at me from two sources:

First, from a UBC Continuing Ed course, Non-Fiction Book Writing, taught by Angela Murrills. She is an accomplished Canadian journalist and author with reams of relevant information about book proposals and the publishing industry. Her feedback has been invaluable and encouraging. Hearing praise from someone other than family and friends is significant to me as a newbie, no offence to those of you that are my family and friends.

Second, from the Vancouver Public Library. Three weeks ago, I checked out all the books I could carry about writing and publishing. I stumbled on a gem: Write to Publish: Essentials for the Modern Fiction and Memoir Market by Christopher Klim.  He delivers the goods in a short and sweet way that gives me more knowledge and confidence to proceed.

Progress so far: I've gathered much of the content, I've written the back cover blurb, I've laid out the chapters, and identified about 75% of the scenes. I'm starting sections of the proposal for the publisher. I can't sleep for my excitement.


  1. Your book in the making sounds so exciting - not nerdy! And what a great painting this is.

  2. Thanks Liz. Multiple creative projects keep me busy all the time and I'm loving it.

  3. Shelley, I think this is an amazing piece, especially the water in the foreground. I have been afraid to paint water because I am not sure I could re-create its ripples realistically. Have you gone trhough special training in painting water?

  4. Thank you,Fedora.. no special training in painting water. I just try to paint what I see. Ripples and reflections are actually easier to paint than you might think. It takes careful observation of the dark and light on the water and trying to put what you see into paint. There is nothing to lose. If it doesn't work, just try again. Observe how others have painted it whenever you have a chance to look up close at a water painting. I appreciate your comment. How did you find my blog?

  5. Sounds like you're making a lot of progress on your book. I'm confused - it is fiction or non-fiction?

  6. Shelley... really nice piece this one! Great aerial perspective! I count at least 5 or 6 "layers" :) Way cool.

  7. I love the dark shadow and the reflection - dramatic and beautiful.

  8. Beautiful painting! I love the ripples in the water!

  9. Hi Lisa... Hello Carol

    Thank you both for stopping by and commenting. I think you are new around here. I'll be over your way soon to see your work.