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The Story Behind The Art

      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.  www.rmichaelphillips.com "The Skater" Original Oil after Sir Henry Raeburn, collection the artist/author.

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Writing from a picture

I'm in the same boat. I write from pictures. Every character I write has a picture,(in a binder, cut from a magazine.) I can SEE the character, as you can see your story. I design the pictures like sets on a stage; seeing my characters in front of me. I have quiet a few pictures, my story many different side events, without confusion. The pictures keep me on character, as I'm sure with you. All you have to do is look at the painting and 'visualize' your next scene. Good show, but I'm more a Raymond Chandler, Damon Runyon fan.