Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Interview with Author Joe Perrone Jr.

   Joe Perrone Jr.
                  Hendersonville, Western North Carolina

Good morning, Joe, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for art and authors.Can you tell us what you've written?
I have authored 6 novels and 2 non-fiction books
1.   As the Twig is Bent: A Matt Davis Mystery
2.   Opening Day: A Matt Davis Mystery
3.   Twice Bitten: A Matt Davis Mystery
4.   Broken Promises: A Matt Davis Mystery
5.   Deadly Ransom: A Matt Davis Mystery
6.   Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening
7.   A “Real” Man’s Guide to Divorce (First, you bend over and ...)
8.   Gone Fishin’ with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and Still be Friends) co-authored with Manny Luftglass

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Mystery, followed by humorous essays

Favorite food

Tea or coffee? 
Hot Chocolate (it’s also the favorite drink of Matt Davis, the main character in the Matt Davis Mystery Series.

Pizza or ice cream? 
Do I really have to choose?  Okay, pizza!

Wine or beer? 
Summer: beer, Winter: wine.

Where would you like to visit? 
Montana. Second choice, Montana.

Favorite musical artist.  
I have several: Jesse Winchester, John Denver, my son, Matt Perrone. Composers: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Rimsky Korsakoff, Hans Zimmer, John Williams.

Do you listen to music when you write?  
Generally not, but if I do, it has to be classical, played at a very low volume.

What makes you laugh? 
Comedian Lewis Black, The Big Lebowski, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream.

How old were you when you started writing? 
Probably around 10.                          

Describe your perfect evening
A great dinner with my wife, Becky, followed by a top notch movie, preferably a heavy drama.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Hard to say. I am a great observer of life in general.  Often, I find inspiration in the news, or watching a documentary. Sometimes, it just comes to me while I’m sleeping.

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
I don’t usually fight it.  I just accept it and find other things to do until it passes.  If it’s a particularly bad case, I might eventually force myself to sit down and try to overcome it.  One thing I have found helpful is to read what I’ve written last, and in the process of editing it, I often find that I am able to write anew again.

Who is your favorite author? 
Hard to limit it to one, but probably Truman Capote.  If I can name a few more, I would add Jon Krakauer, Norman Mailer, and William Goldman to the list.

Best book you ever read.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote       

Last book you read. 
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?  
Well, at my age (72), it’s hard to say.  However, prior to launching my writing career in earnest, I was a handyman, and that’s probably the job I enjoyed most (other than being a fly fishing guide, which I did on the weekends for 10 years).

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?  
My wife, Becky. Without her love and support, I doubt that I would have written a single book.  She is my muse.  (She’s also the one who realized I was afflicted with ADHD, and insisted I go on Ritalin.  The Ritalin allows me to focus. Best thing I ever did.)

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?  
Probably Mark Twain.  Second choice, Truman Capote. Both were incredibly intense, complex human beings.  Thomas Edison would be another choice.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
It’s the oldest advice in the world: write what you know.  I’m at my best when I am writing about things and places I know the most about.  If you can do that, you’ll never run out of material.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Art of British Artist Hilary Eddy

Hilary Eddy was born in England and spent her childhood in Surrey, England, where her mother's love of colorful flowers and her father's broad appreciation of nature proved to have a profound influence on her artistic concerns and interests. 

She attended college in North Wales where she was awarded the Douglas Williams Memorial Prize for Excellence in Art. She then came to the United States where she pursued her career at Purdue University, gaining her Masters of Arts degree in Fine Art in 1974.

Hilary has held more than sixty solo exhibitions of her oil paintings nationally at museums, universities, and commercial art galleries. including the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. 

She has won over forty awards in national and regional exhibitions. including the Grand Prize and First Place Award in the experimental category in The Artist's Magazine, which had over 10,000 entries.

Her paintings have been featured in the major art publications like American Art Collector, International Artist. The Artist's Magazine, and Art Crowd Magazine.

I was captivated by her colored glass collection of oil paintings that you see here today. 

I claim nothing here as my own. All information is from the website listed below. Check it out. Her work is fantastic!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Captain and the Ambassador

Ambassador Tull Redmond is looking for a quick ride home back to Earth after ending her twenty-year mission as peace negotiator. All she wants is peace, quiet, and to be left alone. 

She boards the Earth Starship Giuseppe Verdi with its questionable leader Captain Ben Jacobs anyway. It's the fastest way home. 

Her quarters has a full bath, a space view window, and a large, real bed! How bad could this rule-breaking, authority-defying Captain Casanova be? 

High Council hates him, true, but his crew loves him. Surely, she's too old and tired to be drawn into this bad boy of the quadrant's personal circus.
Will Ambassador Redmond get the quiet, uneventful ride home she craves?

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Schedule for Aug. 21 - 25, 2017

Schedule for Aug. 21- 25, 2017

Mon., Aug. 21 - RELEASE DAY: The Captain
and the Ambassador by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Aug. 22 - The Art of British
Artist Hilary Eddy
Wed., Aug. 23 - Interview with Author
Joe Perrone, Jr.
Thurs., Aug. 24 - The Art of Elspeth McLean,
the Dot Queen
Fri., Aug. 25 - A Visit with Reina Cottier,
New Zealand Artist

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Art of Federico Andreotti

Federico Andreotti  was born in Florence, Italy on March 8, 1847.

His early studies in the arts were with Angiolo Tricca and Stefano Ussi at the Florentine Academy of the Fine Arts.

He is known as a prolific painter in the realistic genre, but he is famous for his aristocratic scenes.

He gained an appointment as a professor at the Academy at a young age. He painted many canvases in Florence, Rome, and other big Italian cities. 

He combined his artistic talent with his knowledge of the human anatomy. 

His paintings depicted the gentries aristocracy in their finest dress. 

The elaborate period dress and the sophisticated airs of his subjects gave his paintings a special air, sometimes described as Rococo Revival.

He is praised for his dramatic use of color in his paintings.

Federico died in 1930 in Florence. His work is widely sought after in auction houses in Europe.

Nothing here is mine. I claim nothing.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Artwork of Helen Ansell

Dear Gentle Readers,

May I introduce you to the work of Helen Ansell? Her work is immediately recognizable by her vivid use of color and strong Australian influence. Her work is both primitive and complex, dramatic and simple, all at the same time. 

I was drawn to her work because it reminded me so much of the art pieces by our own very talented Texas collage artist, Parker Kaufman. Do you see the resemblance?

Bold and geometric shapes are combined with detailed and delicate lines. A fearless mix of color and shape and stroke brings the canvas to life.

Australian-born Helen Ansell loves to paint wildflowers. She has had a affinity for wildflowers since she was a little girl helping her father collect wildflower seeds and growing them in a remote Aboriginal community outside of Wiluna, Australia.

Some of her wildflower paintings have been translated in textile designs. On her Facebook Page at Helen shows us her process of turning photos of the natural fauna of her country into works of art. 

If the art of this amazing young woman has sparked your curiosity at all, please follow the links to learn more about her and how she creates her beautiful work.

None of these photos are mine. I claim nothing here. They came from the links above.