#AtoZChallenge : Art and Beauty

Soo…I’m going to do this AtoZ Blog challenge thingie. Yep. Probably a dumb move with my killer April, but Roni Loren posted about it and how it might just push her out of her comfort zone and help with the writing. I think she’s right. And I haven’t done any writing exercises in a long time. What the hell…I’ll give it a go. I’m behind a day, so I’m going to combine A and B today.


Art has been as central to me as writing. When I went to college I thought for sure that I’d end up illustrating children’s books. I love the look and the feel of a really well done book. My only problem? I’m not really a kid at heart. Even as a kid I wasn’t. So I started moving into a more graphic design based program. The nerd in me was incredibly attracted to the design of menus and logos. The deeper I got into the curriculum, the more I wondered if it was actually for me. Being the superstar of your HS is much different than actually going away and being dropped into the general population of amazing artists. And one place that I saw that I was severely lacking was my 2 dimensional design classes. I caught this picture on Pinterest and it dragged me right back to those days. The lust I have for creating wants to do something like this. The reality of what I got on the page…yep. Not so much. It doesn’t make my love for art any less, it was just a wake up call that my original plan might not be the one for me. Thankfully it seems that words have never failed me. Not as an innocent teen, and not as a life-can-beat-you-down adult.


As a writer beauty takes on a lot of different forms in my mind. I like to twist it around and bend it to suit me and sometimes I’m the one that gets educated by my characters. Traditional beauty is fine. I’m as susceptible to it as anyone out there. But when I see a picture like this, it’s the striking dynamics of the subject that make it beautiful. Some people would only see the tats and wonder why someone would do that to their body. Me? I know there has to be a story there. And the story sometimes comes out of me. This is very much like my character, December, from Vintage December. She’s vulnerable and beautiful, distant and hard sometimes. But one thing she never is…boring.


  1. There is something about her that is beautiful.
    I clicked over from teh challenge list.

    • Thanks so much! I have a ridiculous love affair going with Pinterest. LOL I find awesome stuff over there that gets my brain running.

  2. Absolutely beautiful — the art, the photograph, and your words. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks very much, Kelly. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  3. Usually, tattoos are a major eye roller for me, but there is something striking about this photograph. I could look at it for hours. Glad to see you’ve taken up the challenge! I think we’ll have fun doing it.

    • Hey! Nice to see a familiar face from twitter. I’m pretty excited. Pinterest is helping me HUGELY for the first time evah. LOL

      Yeah, definitely. I’m a total sucker for b/w photography.

  4. What a great start to the challenge! The illustrations are a lovely touch, too. Are they yours?

    • I wish. LOL No, I just found them on Pinterest. (Evil place, btw)
      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it.

  5. She is absolutely beautiful. I love the tattoos. It does make me wonder what her story is. I love the black and white of the image, the lighting…there’s so much emotion packed in it.

    • I know! Isn’t she? She’s got a Kate Beckinsale look and then BAM…the tats just take it into a totally different direction.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  6. Great Picture! I too am drawn to great art, but found my calling in writing. My mother thought I would be an artist when I was a kid. Just couldn’t develop it. Glad I didn’t. I can appreciate it, but LOVE to write from the imagination.
    Tate’s Other Side

    • My mom was really disappointed when I didn’t stay with the art too. But eventually she understood that writing was really where my heart was.

  7. Those are awesome photos, and this is a cool post— a great start to the challenge!

    —Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • Thank you very much for stopping by! this is a really fun challenge I’m enjoying it a lot.


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