Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Writing Romance Description with Western Art
When I'm writing western historical romance, I often need to do some research for accurate descriptions of clothing, the color of dusters, time of year in a certain place in the west, and various other details like architecture.
I've discovered some of the best help through the work of western artists who lived and painted in the late 1800's old west.
Charles Russell, above, Frederic Remington, and Joseph Sharp are a few of the artists who went west to record with their paintings the landscape and people who lived there.
I've included some of their work as examples of how they illustrated the life and times of the old west. Not quite the same as depicted in most of the movies and TV serials, but every bit as fascinating.
I once had an editor ask me if my story was like the John Wayne movie, Rio Grande. It took me a moment to answer as I mentally compared the historical details in my story with embellished old west films.
As writers, we strive for accuracy in the historical facts woven through our stories. For the answers, I often look to artists who lived in that time period, and I enjoy their amazing depictions of the old west while I'm at it.
I have to say, the cover of Dangerous Persuasion also reflects the research that goes into producing historical romance covers that accurately portray historical clothing and the vivid desert colors.
I'd like to thank the generous web sites for the art I've shown here today.
aka Claire Adele
Dangerous Persuasion, available in ebook now, and soon in print, from Siren BookStrand and other online booksellers.