By Barbara Quick
At best, studio time has been sporadic over these last few weeks as my familial duties ebb and flow. Although I don't have any worthy images to share with you, I thought that I could share with you a bit of unexpected inspiration.
I have been reading a most stimulating historical fiction by Barbara Quick titled "Vivaldi's Virgins". I am addicted to art related fiction. It's a genre in writing that easily sucks me in and keeps me up at night as I obsessively turn pages. This story recreates for us 18th century Venice thru the eyes of a cloistered orphan and student of Vivaldi, the Red Priest. Barbara Quick's style of writing immediately set my visual senses a flutter. There are passages that had me weeping at the brilliance of the idea. Here is a favorite:
"Are all lives such a complicated puzzle? Maybe it's only in Venezia - in this place where everyone's role is so striclty and precisely defined - that the cracks between the puzzle pieces tell as much a story as the pieces themselves. Each piece, seen in isolation, makes no sense at all - a corner of this, a limb of that; a leaf, a shadow, a section of water or sky. The meaning only becomes clear when all the pieces are fitted together."
I also found an insightful review by Terez Rose that you may read HERE.
Have you found inspiration in writing before? Do you have a favorite art related fiction to recommend? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Now, I must binge on Vivaldi's beautiful scores as I paint and draw.