Artful Writing: How to Put “Art” into Words

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By Karen Hendricks

I think some of the most challenging–and rewarding–writing I’ve done lately revolves around art. It’s truly fascinating to interview an artist, learn about his/her creative process, find out what makes him/her tick, and attempt to describe the artwork. Finding a hook–a creative way to frame the artist’s story–is always a challenge. Putting “art” into words isn’t easy.

I began writing for Handmade in PA recently, the blog for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. I especially enjoy profiling artists, shining a light on their talents. Where words fail me, thankfully, I can add detail and color via photographs. How ironic is it… to attempt to capture artwork through photography–itself an art form?

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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My latest piece for HiP is a profile of Central PA artist Wendy Heiges (click here). It was such a joy to photograph her gorgeous creations, that I went overboard and couldn’t fit all the shots into the HiP article. Enjoy these bonus shots of her sparkling jewelry and sophisticated frames!

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The very talented Wendy Heiges

The very talented Wendy Heiges

IMG_5431HCIMG_5530rHCIMG_5421HCAre you an artist or shop owner who would like professional photos taken? Contact me and I’d be happy to provide a no-obligation quote for a photography package.

And if you know of a fascinating, talented central PA artist, send me a tip! 

For additional artist profiles on the HiP blog, see:

Civil War Fine Art: Beyond the Battlefield – a profile of colored pencil artist Amy Lindenberger

Foxxy Moxxy – a trip into the woods to explore artist Bobbi Becker’s studio

Exploring Brath & Hughes – a tour of one of Mechanicsburg’s First Friday destinations

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