Writing Inspiration: A Castle, a Town, and Two Landscapes

In keeping with a previous post, in which I shared an architectural drawing that captured my storyteller’s imagination, I’m sharing some paintings that have inspired me over the past couple of weeks as I continue scribbling away in my spare time. I ope something here inspires you other artists as well.

Conway Castle, by Joseph Mallord William Turner

It would be an understatement to say that I adore castles. What I like about this one is its perch on a foaming sea and the billowing gray clouds in the background. It calls to my mind Storm’s End from A Song of Ice and Fire. I wouldn’t spend my summer vacation there, but I would like to go up to the solar, wrap myself in a blanket, and write stories with a steaming mug of coffee at my elbow.

Source: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-conway-castle-tw1570

Indian Pass, by Thomas Cole

The tree-covered crags and cloud-wrapped summit are what caught my eye in this piece. There’s an adventure waiting to happen there, a mystery to unravel. Maybe the hunter in the foreground is in the middle of it.

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Source: https://www.mfah.org/art/detail/26993

Milford Sound, New Zealand, by Eugene von Guerard

The violet clouds, muted browns and grays, and silvery sheen of the water in this painting cast the landscape in a very different light than the actual location. Look up Milford Sound on Google and you’ll see a lot more vibrant greens and blues. Von Guerard’s rendition has a more enchanting aura that made me think of some extraterrestrial valley out of a Dan Simmons or Frank Herbert novel.

Source: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/OA1.1970/

The City of Granada, Spain Barbosa, by Dario Villares Óleo

I like old stone archway and the red-roofed villas in this one. The whole place is so different from any coastal location I’ve ever visited. It started giving me a vision for a setting by the sea in the world I’m building.

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Source: https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/%2Fm%2F0t5fmpx

I do have another post in the works. Teaser: it’s about medieval history and the privacy-related issues we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Stay tuned.

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