Welcome to the blog of Melanie McDonald ! I'm a professional artist, my life is divided between my home in Newquay, Cornwall and my renovation project - an 18th Century farm - in North Brittany, France. My inspiration comes from the beautiful beaches, skies and seas of Cornwall, Brittany and Scotland. This is where I share my paintings and photographs, I hope it inspires you.
March 15, 2012
The open sea of the empty .... canvas.
Excerpt from Singing for Mrs Pettigrew by Michael Morpurgo
I have often wondered if writers fear the blank page. I fear the blank canvas.
Michael Morpurgo is the story-maker behind War Horse. I've long been a fan of his and recently picked up Singing for Mrs Pettigrew, which was lying around on my daughter's bedroom floor. It's comprised of eleven short stories - each story followed by the story of its making. The excerpt above is from an art and a craft and a marvellous magic - one of his 'story-maker's journey', autobiographical descriptions. I confess that most days, when I enter my studio, I also face down a fear of the blank canvas. I have often wondered why I put myself through it. My art is a reflection of my life, and an escape and a joy, perhaps it works for me where words fail. Ultimately, it must be some kind of challenge I need. The mysterious process of putting something I see in my mind's eye onto canvas is a miracle, indeed a truly marvellous magic.
p.s. In this treasure of a book - by describing his craft, Michael gives his readers the idea that this process of story-making and story-telling is for everyone. And that it is 'simply a question of planting it and encouraging it to grow'. I recommend this book for both children and adults, and all writers, artists and craftsmen. Thank you Michael.
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