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Stained Glass Mountain (c) 2010 Michael Russell
This is the Stained Glass Mountain, one of the wild places my central character will escape to as the story progresses.  If another story already did something similar, please let me know.
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Screaming Tree (c) 2010 Michael Russell
Here's another old painting I'm using as inspiration.  Screaming Tree is from way back in my freshman year in college, with some details I added later on but can't remember when.  This and the other painting I posted today show some of the look I want for a story of a misfit child rejected by both...
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Snaking Past Tree Anemones (c) 2010 Michael Russell
I'm in the early stages of creating a children's book called I Don't Fit.  I've dragged out some of my old paintings to inspire me and to use as backgrounds for some of the images.  Here's a painting from 2002:  Snaking Past Tree Anemones:
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Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" showed me that a writer can create a complete, vivid world in a very few deceptively simple words.  Before I read her brilliant short story, I thought great literature had to last for days and be inpenetrable.  But in only three pages, "Girl"...
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