Write Anywhere #7

I’ve been making a concerted effort to cut back on my social media snacking. You know, a few bites on Facebook, a couple more on Twitter, some more reading blogs and my snacking has become a five-course meal. So I needed a change of scenery both to distract and inspire.

Write Anywhere #7: Art Museum

Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma

A midday walk through the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa was just the ticket. The walls of the former mansion of oil baron Waite Phillips were filled with beautiful artworks. Unfortunately they don’t allow photos to be taken so I can’t show you. You’ll just have to settle for the gardens.

Philbrook Gardens

Peaceful waters

Besides working on a scene in my WIP, I made a stab at a bit of poetry while enjoying the museum. Definitely not a poet, but it was fun to challenge myself.

view across the gardens

Surrounded by saints and martyrs
Marble and prairie skies reflect eternity
Cowboys in canyons, captured light
Voices without understanding echo
Brushstroke ghosts stare at one another
I sit in silence turning pages  

Philbrook fountain

I ended up buying a small print of a painting that reminded me of one of the characters in my novel.

Portrait of Mrs. V, Mrs. Herman Duryea, John White Alexander, 1900

No internet, no checking Twitter, just a venue full of creativity that inspires creativity. I encourage you to check out your local museum or gallery.

The Creative Penn gives us 15 Ways Modern Art Galleries Can Inspire Writers

Where did you write this week?

There is so much encouragement and inspiration sprinkled around the blogosphere. I love posts that help me reach higher. As promised, here’s this week’s Sparkling Gems :

Question: Have you ever used artwork to inspire your writing? What was the artwork and was it helpful?

9 thoughts on “Write Anywhere #7

    • It is definitely something I am going to incorporate into my writing strategy more often, Jeff. There is a creative energy in places where creativity dwells. That must be why back in the day those creative types Renoir, Cezanne, Monet et al liked to hang out and bounce ideas off each other. I bet they would have had a great group Tumblr blog. 😉


    • Yeah, loosening the digital umbilical cord a bit has actually been more freeing than I expected. Not necessarily that I am getting more done (yet), but it feels less stressful. Just need to zero in on the balance, because I would miss all my friends and tweeps and now circles too much if I cut the cord.
      Yes, Philbrook rocks! I think they have me talked into a membership now. 🙂


  1. I’m not sure it would classify as artwork, but I used a photo of my grandmother as the model of a main character in a novel I’ve been revising. The photo was taken in the early 1900’s when she was about 20 years old. The serenity of her expression is amazing. What’s funny is that I didn’t realize I was drawing from that photo until I was about half-way through writing the story.


    • I think photos can spur on all kinds of creative ideas. That is so cool that you were able to incorporate the legacy of your grandmother through a character in your writing. The majority of my character ideas come from family (shh, don’t tell) or ancestors. They’re just so interesting and of course we have a deep connection in ourselves to them.


  2. Wow, those gardens are absolutely breathtaking, and I love the poem. I haven’t really drawn on artwork as inspiration for my work, but I do utilize historical photos to jumpstart my imagination.


  3. Thanks for stopping by, Matthew. It’s true, even architecture can inspire creativity. The Philbrook is a beautiful building and gets your imagination going in all sorts of directions. One of my next inspiration breaks might need to include some of the great Art Deco style buildings we have downtown. They make me want to listen to jazz, which in turn should surely loosen an idea or two. I checked out your blog, it’s cool!


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