Last month, I mentioned that I was starting work on a series of westerns, full of cowboys, ranches, riding range and roping. I'm excited more and more each day as I research, plot, develop, and write. Some of my favorite books on my shelves are westerns, and I return to them time and time again.
But that wasn't enough.
Westerns are all too common in fiction, and especially the inspirational market. So, I brainstormed with my critique partners and came up with a unique hobby for my lead heroine. Although she travels west and takes a teaching position, art is her true passion. She knows she can't support herself on art alone. The teaching provides her the income that leaves her free to sketch and paint.
To depict her accurately, though, I had to look up some actual artists of the time period and view some of their works. Albert Bierstadt is one of my favorites. Has been since I was a young teen. I own a copy of one of his prints, and I've studied his style so extensively, I can pick out of a piece done by him within seconds of seeing it.
Some of his characteristics are:
- water or waterfall
- deadwood in the foreground
- sunsets or grand cloud formations
- wild animals
- nature untouched
So, do you know of any artists who are known for painting the west? Do you have any favorites? Either an artist or even a piece of artwork. Perhaps you have one or more pieces hanging in your home.
If you don't own any pieces or have any favorite artists, but you still enjoy the art or even reading westerns, what about the west appeals to you or catches your attention? Either in art or books. Characteristics, qualities, elements, etc. I'd love to hear from you.
** images above taken from the following sites: http://api.ning.com, http://www.lornadillon.com, http://www.artmauve.com, and http://www.canvaz.com
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an author, online marketing specialist and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author in Colorado. They have 1 daughter and a border collie. She has sold eight books so far to Barbour Publishing, is a columnist for the ACFW e-zine and writes other articles as well. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.