Some of you may know that as well as being an author, I am also an artist. I do all of my own artwork and use it for my Christmas cards and notecards as well as in advertising and promotion. Below is an example of my paintings (acrylic on board). At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a quick sketch of Phoebe and Scout (somewhat larger than actual size).
I do my own notecards because I think clients are more likely to remember me if I send them a personal note that is not only handwritten but has my art on it as well. Most of the flyers and brochures in the real estate business end up in the recycling bin: I’d like to think my cards have a bit more longevity.
But I also sketch and paint because unlike writing, there are no edits. It’s a simple and pure form of art that either resonates with someone, or doesn’t. I don’t have to spend years at it–a few minutes, and I’m done. In a world where it can take three years to get a novel represented and finally on bookstore shelves, I like the immediacy of it.