Art and Writing Interweave

Because my best writing interweaves with my art, I’m changing direction from the children’s illustrations to share one of my published paintings.   After years of determined effort and some rejection notes, I was thrilled when two paintings were chosen for the 2010 issue of the Saddleback College Literary Magazine, The Wall.    Validation in print is a wonderful thing!   Focused vision, renewed effort and structured self-discipline all improved when I finally got published.

As background, I try to take at least one college course a year.  Over the last five years, the night classes include Children’s Literature, Short Story Writing, Novel Writing and Critique (two semesters).   As a student, I was eligible to submit to The Wall.

About the below painting titled Native Land:   the medium is acrylic, the size approximately 9″ x 12″.  It is part of a series of women’s images I began in 1993. 

Painting "Native Land" by Linda Ruddy



About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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4 Responses to Art and Writing Interweave

  1. Marilyn says:

    I love the colors in this piece. And validation in print = aces!

    • I think my turquoise/blue range was a mixture of Thalo Blue, white, and burnt umber. Shades were made adding neutral gray. Faces are earth tones of Burnt Umber, Yellow Orche, Burnt Sienna, and Raw Umber. Greens were mixed with yellow and blue. I see black and patches of cadmium yellow. How did you feel the first time you held your printed book?

  2. You are so talented! 🙂

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