Cross Over Ideas – From Paint Brush to Writing Pen

Below are a couple of pieces of cross-over wisdom from a student of Studio Art which can be applied to writing:

When painting, precise colors aren’t used to depict an object. For instance, an apple isn’t all red and green, but shades of mauve, yellow, and pink. In writing, using obvious words to describe a setting or object fall flat. The economical choice of words which do double duty, like exciting and vibrant verbs, adds depth to paragraphs.

Overlapping colors and fine-tuning a painting over time make it complex. Thoughtful, deliberate revision improves any poem or piece of fiction or non-fiction.

What art form can you borrow from to improve your writing?


About Sandy Green

I am a poet and children's author. Visit my website at
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