Artists Who Write

I have always loved artists who write, whom many others would call writers who draw.  They are role models as they could not leave their art behind for words or vice versa.  I can’t either, and for me, the two seem interconnected, as if I gave one up the other would suffer.

I paint and write for me, part of who I am, as much as breathing.  I do it every day, sometimes late at night by the small light a cheap Chinese lamp so I don’t wake Mitchell when we are busy in our business.  It is better than sleeping for my soul.  A page from one of my sketchbook/journals:


I am thinking today about my favorite artists who write, and thought to share favorites, not in any order (click on the link to go to Amazon, images are from Amazon with the exception of Gwenn’s):

Henry Miller: Paint as You Like and Die Happy;

Natalie Goldberg: Living Color, A Writer Paints her Worldand others

Sabrina Ward Harrison: Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself

And finally,

Gwenn Seemel, a Portland Oregon artist extraordinaire! Crimes Against Nature is her outpouring after she battled issues about her own reproductive health issues — and she says it much better on her blog!  Excellent!

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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One Response to Artists Who Write

  1. Oh how I am envious of those who are multi-talented in art!

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