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I've painted all my life (a travelling life, over 80 countries visited!) and although employed full time (in humanitarian aid) I've never stopped painting. Now I write, and my latest novel (A Hook in the Sky) is about a retiree who decides to renew with his childhood dream of becoming an artist, so he paints, much to his wife's dismay. She positively hates his paintings, they're too old-fashioned for her contemporary art taste!
Here's an example of what he paints (or rather, my own painting). The subject is a young woman with whom he has fallen in love (also to his wife's dismay, natch...):
I also design my book covers (6 books published so far on Amazon). Here's the cover for the book in question:
That's the cover for the paperback edition (also available on Kindle, link for those who like to read: http://www.amazon.com/A-Hook-Sky-ebook/dp/B0098MFGNM )
Wonder what this is? A pile of ladders, climbing up to a hook - a symbol of the human condition (our desire to transcend and reach "the hook in the sky"). This is the contemporary art installation dreamt up by my protagonist in a desperate attempt to win back his cool, artsy wife! Will it work? Well...I won't tellyou what happens except to say that it's wholly unexpected!
So you see I'm a painter and a writer all rolled into one. Anyone else out there like that or that you know about? I think quite a few more writers are also artists, more than one thinks. For example: St. Exupéry, the author of Le Petit Prince, the small prince, who did all the illustrations himself.