How Artworks Helped Write The Father

“When a scene clicks on stage, or the chisel reveals life in stone, or equations lift to fly from a page, it’s the same. That same sense of awe.”

Like Cotopaxi

Like Cotopaxi, © 1996 Brett Williams (24" x 48")

In The Father a character named Morgan is a sculptor. He’s also a scientist with an interest in acting. He makes a realization with the remark quoted above. The Father’s author, Brett Williams, couldn’t agree more (naturally – given he made Morgan say this). Williams is an oil painter and used paintings he created as source reference and inspiration for descriptions of setting and place throughout The Father. (For the utility of science and engineering in the writing craft see, How science helped illuminate the story. For character development through acting go here.)

Of course, one can effectively employ face-to-face experiences with nature, photography or their own imagination. The author, however, felt getting in the imagery he was trying to describe on paper was best done first on canvas at home, or in nature of a wilderness. Even if only a portion of a scene could be found in an otherwise unrelated painting - completed or in work - it could serve to illuminate vocabulary. Working oil-based paints in attempts to recreate reality provided this means of imagining scenes from the inside. Leading to lines like, “Hung by vines having strangled their host, jungle tree branches, like arms pulled from a man, swayed bodiless in the air.” (see the painting More Than The Rainforest below) Or, “Behind the Magician a magnified full moon rose, dwarfed by their monolithic manmade mountain.” (see the painting Pharaohs Dream below). And, “Shadow soldiered over land and its irregular contours in a muscular march about to push over the house.” (see the painting “Tribute To My Home” below)

“Even describing common clouds, rocks, or the texture and curve of clothing,” says Williams, “can be aided through methods invented when painting as one strives for bigger than life effects.” (see the paintings Like Cotopaxi above, a tribute to Frederic Church’s Cotopaxi, and Portal, Eyes Of Castolon Peak, American Ethic and African Warrior below).

More Than The Rainforest

More Than The Rainforest, © 2006 Brett Williams (30" x 36")

Tribute To My Home

Tribute To My Home, © 2001 Brett Williams (24" x 48")

Pharaohs Dream

Pharaohs Dream, © 2003

(30" x 40")

Portal, © 1995

(36" x 48")
Eyes Of Castolon Peak

Eyes Of Castolon Peak, © 1991

(24" x 36")

American Ethic

American Ethic, © 1989

(24" x 30")
African Warrior

African Warrior, © 1990

(24" x 30")