Art, in all it’s forms

There’s a painting in the National Gallery by Turner called Calais Pier. It is a painting of a ship approaching the Calais Pier – but there is a wild storm. The wind is whipping the sails, the ship is rocking precariously, the people on the pier are crouched in fear. In the sky there is a patch of blue, but is it spreading or getting smaller?

I’m fascinated by this painting. It’s a brief split second in the life of everyone in and I know there are stories before and after. Does the ship sink? Why are those people risking life and limb to meet the ship? Who is onboard?

It’s a good inspiration for a story. Art works like this. Art shouldn’t be seen as separate, discrete elements. Painting should feed into writing, or music (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for example). Writing should inspire pictures, and film, TV should inspire a story which inspires a tapestry which inspired a sculpture.All these elements feed into each other and tap into that part of our mind where the stories live.

Next time you’re stuck, look at a picture or listen to some music. See if it can’t kickstart your mind.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad


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