Sunday, October 25, 2009

But by the moments.....

I have finished my first pass through of edits on The Master & The Muses.  I have a particular fondness of this story like no other book I've written. Perhaps it is the growth I've experienced while on the journey of research and creating the characters...or perhaps because it hits so close to home of my artistic side. (yes, I kept open containers of linseed and turpentine in my office as inspiration!)

I think it is secretly because I could identify with them in their quest to follow their gut, to color outside the box--as it were. With gratitude, something that my editors at Spice have so graciously encouraged.

Of course, as do all authors, I hope this book endears itself to readers as much as it has become special to me.

 It is based loosely on the antics of the real-life Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A group of twenty-something, like-minded rebellious artists who turned the English art world on its ear with their attitude and method of painting.

They were a rowdy group and often in trouble with the critics, caused all manner of trouble, but they perservered the naysayers and produced some of the most famous and timeless paintings that remain as brilliant today, as they were then.

Eccentric and scandelous, they were non-conventional and yet embraced all of nature as the center of their beliefs. Their work featured true colors, real, images, outspoken topics--rather than what was taught in the well-known art academies of the day.

And their social lives reflected as much of their quest for individuality, passion and beauty, as did their work.

I look forward to sharing THE MASTER & THE MUSES with you this coming June 2010. It features, Thomas Rodin, budding artist from Diary of Cozette and the stories of three of the women who posed for him, during the height of his art career.

They are his passion.
                       He is their obsession.


Unknown said...

Hi Amanda!

Loved your post today. Your books sounds wonderful, recreating the beauty and wonder of long forgotten times when women actually sat to have a portrait completed. I love the cover art, it definitely intrigues the imagination.

Dottie :)

Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Dottie and btw, the Nickelback video was awesome!!!

This book is not only about the women stiiting for Thomas, but about them as people, who they were before they met him, their livesd during and after modeling for his paintings.

An unchaperoned woman would be considered trash to pose for an artist without a chaperone and to be a paid model ruined these women's reputations in society, making it difficult to continue with their ordinary lives.

Its an amazing story of three very different women and how they managed to deal with being an artists model in 19th century Victorian London.

Thanks for stopping by the House today and I hope your Monday is a special one!


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

OH Ms A! You definitely know how to make me want more than I have ever have before. I want this book, I want this story and most of all... I will be reading my Dairy of Cozette soon!!!!
Your words are wonderful to read as are you books my dear friend!
I look forward to having this book in my hand one day... hopefully soon (if I keep clicking my heels together... oh damn... that is if I want to go home... **snaps fingers**)!
I hope you had a great weekend honey!!!
Love ya! Hugs to you!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Ms. C! Thank you for dropping by ! I had a fantastic weekend, with news that both twins made it into the All-State Choir on Saturday!

It is an intense audition wherein only 17 % of those who try out--well over 2000 students across the state)actually make the cut.

Solid validation for 5 months of rehearsals, camps, learing Italian and German songs and handling the intense pressure. I am a proud mama today and they are gracious young men about their inclusion.

Did you catch the Nickleback video at Dotties? Such a good message!!!


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Oh yes, I did catch the video at Dottie's place and I absolutely love that song! It makes you think!
OHhh a beaming proud Ma'ma!!! I know I do not know your twins, but tell them I am very proud of their achievement. That is wonderful! Fantastic! I think that is awesome for them!!

Genella deGrey said...

Honey, you've worked so hard on M & M - I can't wait to see it with that AWESOME cover attached!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks G! For all your good vibes and support!!

I'm very grateful for all this and more I've received while writing this book!


Amy C said...

Hi Amanda,

I can't wait to see this one in print and on the shelves!

(I'm not sure I know what linseed oil smells like :).)

Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Amy! Linseed oil is a very heavy scented medium derived from flax,thatis used in oil paint and can be used break down oil paint to thin it out for textures and pliability of paint.

You used to be able to walk into just about any art room and detect that smell ( I was actually talking at an art teacher a few months back about this topic) but these days they've created cleansers and art mediums that have no scent, or are not as flammable as the old style produsts, therfore you don't smell that scent much any more.

To me its kind of like cookies baking*grin* evoking, for me, the same emotion of security and comfort. Just as the scent of Crayola Crayons does for me;))


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