NOTE: As part of an occasional “Writers on Writing” series I will be featuring occasional guest bloggers. Kicking off this effort is this piece by novelist Bill Woods. — Terra
A few days ago, a Facebook
friend sent me Van Gogh’s Starry Night,
a surreal picture a 3rd grader might idly do with crayon. And yet it
creates pure emotion in me. Neither I, nor intellectual art critics, can
explain how an artist captures emotion on canvas—or how my brain a century
later can extract that same emotion. I doubt Van Gogh had a clue either. The
process seems to be: ‘Emotion > canvas > emotion,’ no thought required.