~I changed majors several times in college, finally choosing from a list of majors that didn’t require me to take any math (I don’t think kids have that option now). I ended up majoring in graphic design. (*I changed majors so many times, I didn’t even get around to graduating.)
I hated every minute of the classes and the work in the field afterward.
Why? It wasn’t my passion. Graphic design is artistic, but it wasn’t the type of art I wanted to do. I wanted to major in fine art (no math required LOL)—portraiture and watercolors. But I knew I couldn’t make a living off drawing people and painting watercolors…at least I couldn’t plan on it.
Looking back, I realize I made the right decision not to major in art. The term “starving artist” was created for a reason. (*Our youngest daughter Elise, also very talented, is a 2011 art major graduate. She’s living with us and pursuing her dream while working a day job at Target.)
But it’s still in my blood. I love browsing through art galleries and local art shows. Every time I’m at Barnes & Noble, after the writing reference section I head straight to the art section. I have almost as many art instruction and reference books as I do writing books (don’t tell my husband, LOL). But I can’t remember the last time I picked up a pencil or paintbrush with the intention of creating a work of art. (*Ah, but you must!)
My hero, Gabriel D’Angelo, in my new release, DELIVER THE MOON, isn’t an artistic slacker like me. His passion is photography. Escaping to his darkroom as a child kept him safe from an abusive foster-mother, and he’s carried that escapism into his adulthood. Through his artistic photography, he not only makes a good living but also is able to exorcise the demons of his past. He travels the world as a documentary photographer (think National Geographic magazine) and visits some of the most horrific places. Yet, through his camera lens, he manages to find the beauty and hope and spirit of the people he photographs.
I haven’t created any art in a while, but I really need to get back to it. Not much feels better than creating beauty from a blank piece of paper. Even if no one other than me appreciates that beauty.
Gosh, that sounds kind of like the writing process, doesn’t it? (*Yes, hmm…)
What about you? Do you have a passion you’ve set aside for whatever reason? I’d love to hear about it. I think you should get back to it. I will if you will.~
*And so say all of us. The voices in my head…
Once upon a time, he promised her the moon. It’s time to deliver.
Louisa D’Angelo used to believe in happily ever after—until the tragic death of her son and the demise of her marriage. Now, five years later, with her life back in order, she has a great career and a wonderful man in her life. So what if the passion and excitement isn’t there? In her book, passion and excitement only lead to heartbreak. Then, her ex-husband shows up and upsets her tidy little world.
Gabe D’Angelo never believed in happily ever after—until he met Louisa who taught him how to love and be loved. But their happiness was short-lived. Guilt and grief forced Gabe to walk away. Now, though he’s pulled his life together and should be happy, he realizes something’s missing. After seeing her from afar at a family wedding, he knows what it is. It’s Louisa.
The problem is convincing her she’s still in love with him. ~
*I really like the sound of Deliver the Moon. The title is fabulous, and it’s interesting how you drew on your artistic past for the concept behind the story .
These lovely paintings are by the author! I’m a fan of both but the lady in the hat with the flower garden is my favorite. Of course. 🙂