As a painter I was also an avid reader

As a painter I was also an avid reader, I would paint during the day and go to bed early with a book. Painting was my raison d’etre, my passion, I went to sleep  thinking about it, after reading Dean Koontz of course and then waking up to fresh ideas for the bare canvas.

As in life, things change, to use a cliché, I saw the painting had become a business, global in fact, with paintings in Europe,  US and even China. A couple found themselves in a police station deep; in the US and across the pond, the BBC TV studios. It had indeed become a very lucrative occupation. It came to the point where I was commissioned to paint works which would be the theme for a new restaurant on Miami Beach.  The paintings were blown up; to eight feet and placed throughout this incredible restaurant. I was so thrilled I was living the dream, but gradually when other orders tumbled in, I realized I was behind a conveyer belt. I was enclosed in a factory of other people’s desires. I was painting what people liked and not what inspired me. I went to bed thinking of canvasses in cardboard boxes waiting to be used on buyer’s orders. I felt flattened, withering like grass in a desert…

As I was retired, I didn’t have to provide for the family, we helped them out of course that’s what parents never stop doing. But I didn’t need to sweat over a conveyer belt, but with the death of the flower I no longer yearned to paint.

After reading all of my hero’s Dean Kootnz’s books I decided to have a go at writing. Yes, you‘ve guessed it, the excitement rose. So I took a couple of University courses, and set about becoming a writer. Am I a sensation?  Am I the next Dan Brown or Stephen King? God no, I am very small fry. I’ve made the top ten in my genre a few times but nothing that had me drenched in exultation, or skipping to the bank, rather to the money lenders – joking. But, the fairly successful writer has to be careful they do not get stuck in a genre that sells!!! If it only sales that matter then the trip to the desert I near.

So the passion is still with me, but I have a yearning to go down to the cabin in the garden and have a look at some of my paintings stacked against the cabin walls. Maybe open a box of bare canvasses Maybe I need to seek out a new genre in writing, or maybe I need to paint a little again.

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About Katy Walters

Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control. She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.

6 Replies to “As a painter I was also an avid reader”

  1. What a wonderful painting of the Beatles, Katy, outstanding! I had that album when I was a little one.

    I hope you’ll seriously consider getting back to painting, perhaps it will fulfill something you might be missing, or inspire other stories. When I’m mentally/emotionally drained from whatever, I turn to reading, visit my grandkids, or going to the arcade to play ski ball with my hub. My mom was a talented artist, and I wish I had her talents with a brush, crayons, or charcoals.

    Thanks for sharing your post, I enjoyed reading it.


  2. I agree with Susan–maybe it is time to pick up the brush again. I don’t have that talent either. How fortunate you are to be so creative on so many different levels.

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