Though my tools as a writer are different from hers as an artist, we both enjoy looking for the moments of the day to capture with words, camera, or on canvas. She is developing her skills as a plein-air painter - an artist who paints outdoors, capturing light and shadows, and being able to work quickly to capture a scene. The word comes from the French Impressionists style. That is also what I attempt to distill into words: the impression of a scene or an event or a character. She talks about composition, meaning to arrange the parts of a scene to create a unified, harmonious whole. Not that much different from the compositions I write to form a picture in the reader's mind with words.
|another one of Jane's paintings|