The Harpist: artwork that inspired the family saga, “The Bird that Sang in Color”

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In the fourth chapter of The Bird that Sang in Color, Vincent tells Donna and Frank that the harp is the only instrument he still needs to learn. He reiterates this aspiration again in Chapter Eight. By Chapter Nine, he’s learned this

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The Security Guard: artwork that inspired the family saga, “The Bird that Sang in Color”

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The picture above comes from the actual sketchbook that inspired me to write my novel, The Bird That Sang in Color. In fact, all of the drawings I’ve been featuring in this latest blog series come from this same sketchbook. This drawing

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The Guitar Player: artwork that inspired the family saga, “The Bird that Sang in Color”

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Although Vincent played a variety of instruments, his favorite was the guitar. When Donna sees this picture, she thinks of all the times he played the guitar for her and remembers him saying his favorite phrase, “I’ve been

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The Priest: the artwork that inspired the family saga, “The Bird that Sang in Color”

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The drawing of Vincent during his short time in a seminary shows him looking out like he’d rather be anywhere else. As in all his pictures, Donna is amazed at how he was able to convey such feeling and emotion with a few strokes of a

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The Creative Process as Exposed on “Get Back”

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“Creativity can be repetitive and boring until it’s transcendent.” I truly love this quote from a recent New York Times article on Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary. I’ve experienced the repetitive and boring

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