Thomas Kinkade and the Literature of Ideas
“the first is unquestionably technically superior. The use of texture and shadow puts the viewer within the picture. You can feel the chill of the cold Chicago wind and hear the sounds of the serene yet bustling city.
In contrast, the second painting distances the viewer from the scene. Artificial light oozes out from every window and the background lights resemble a brushfire, presenting a faux golden glow that is unrealistic and dull. And the carriage, though more sharply drawn than in the first painting, is two-dimensional and distracting; it could have been added in using Photoshop rather than daubs of paint. While the first work is worthy of gracing a museum wall, the second is only worthy of garnishing a greeting card.As you could probably guess, the second painting is by Thomas Kinkade, circa 2004. But what about the first painting, the more aesthetically superior rendition of the Water Tower? It too is by Thomas Kinkade. He painted it in 1998.”
All Kinkade did (and he did it deliberately, and was very explicit about doing it deliberately) was treat his paintings like authors in our society are expected to treat their literary works and like musicians in our society are expected to treat their music.
-- Siris, "Thomas Kinkade"
The Four Dimensions of Ideas
|Ed searched for|
a "character", found
|Dunning wanted to write|
a particular kind of book
Write What You Know
But one obvious source of ideas really is what we do know, either from personal experiences, education, or observation. John Dunning worked as a hot walker at a race track and has an avid interest in old-time dramatic radio. He used these not to write about his own experiences but to create The Bookwoman's Last Fling and Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime, respectively.
|Ideas rise dripping and leech-covered|
from the black water swamp of the mind.
The Ponds Wherein Fish Do Swim
When my husband and I politely explained that in fact we were speaking Japanese, and so could she show us the shoes, please, she replied in the same way: ‘No Engurishu!’ Whereupon we were dumbfounded. Fortunately we'd been noticed by another shop attendant who came over and apologized, and showed us the shoes.”
|Wells wondered how airships|
would affect future war.
Falcon in Space!
Wright What You Know
|Exploring the consequences|
of the Alderson Drive...
|Nancy was tired from |
lack of sleep
(BTW, you might notice that both Lawrence Block and Nancy Kress wrote novels about people who had no need to sleep. Utterly different stories in two different genres. The weird thing is that Nancy was Block's successor as the fiction columnist for Writers' Digest. Cue Twilight Zone music.)
|Two ideas collided|
in Stan's head
Transforming Ideas Into Stories
Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words --Henri Bergson
|Who knows where this|