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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Artistic Vision

We've all been there: writer's block. Back when I was working on The Edge of the Sphere, I needed some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. I do have a deviantArt account for my crocheted dolls, so I went over there, plugged in some vague search phrases related to the setting of the scenes I wanted to write, and flipped through a few pages of results. I bookmarked several pieces of artwork that I really liked. One of them was this painting.

I looked through the rest of the artist's gallery, and fell in love with her style. Some of my friends had commissioned artwork via dA before and encouraged me to contact her to see if she ever did them. While we were exchanging notes, I saw that the original painting that I'd admired so much was for sale. She quoted me an extremely reasonable price, and I couldn't turn it down.
I didn't even screw up my DIY framing job that much! My photography leaves a lot to be desired, though.

I told her I'd be in touch regarding a commission sometime over the summer. As always, stuff happens. EOtS came out ahead of schedule, I moved into the new house, and so on. A few weeks ago, I finally got my act together and worked out the details and sent in my request. I included a brief snippet from the book, plus a summary of the details.

The results were amazing:
Liora, one of the main characters of EOtS

It was a bit of a self-indulgent purchase, but I don't care. I love it. And I can't wait to hang it on my wall. I do a lot of my writing in the bedroom, so I'm tempted to hang it in there for inspiration, but I also want it to be visible to our guests because it's gorgeous!

Go check out the incredibly talented Oviot. You will not be disappointed.

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