The Magic of Creativity

by Kathryn Jane

The creative process is different for all of us. But I’ve recently realized that mine is magically the same whether I’m writing fiction, or painting a picture.

When I’m writing a story be it short or a novel, it begins with a vague image of an opening scene, and the story grows one word at a time. Some people find this hard to fathom and describing it adequately has been difficult. The closest I get is to say the story unfolds for me, just as it does for the reader…like magic.

Painting works the same way for me…mostly. The exception being when I do commissions of people’s pets. But even then, I can’t think about the finished product. Instead I concentrate on one stroke at a time and somehow in the end, I have a remarkable likeness that amazes me.

But recently, after seeing a friend’s photo of a famous door set between two large trees, I was itching to create it in a painting. I grabbed a small canvas board and set to work. And…minute by minute I got farther away from the original inspiration of this:.

The final result was a fairy door at the base of a tree.

And then I knew I needed to paint what was behind that door.

I imagined it would be something like the adorable little scene always at the end of the Friendly Giant TV show. Yes, now you have an idea what generation I belong to!

For the fun of it I posted a photo at the end of each evening to show the progress I was making, while not sure what I would add the next night…just like when I’m writing, and proof that for me, the creative process is always by the seat of my pants.

The final product took almost 2 weeks and every day I looked forward to sitting down with my brushes and setting my imagination free.


Want to see more of my creativity?  Pop on over to my website to check out my books and art.

Cheers!  And Happy Holidays to all.




8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathryn Jane says:

    Reblogged this on Mystery and Romance and commented:

    Inspired by fairies…


  2. I love seeing your paintings. And how one picture jumpstarted the door in the tree and what is beyond. You are amazing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kathryn Jane says:

      Aw, thanks, Vicki! It’s such fun, and a great bonus that others enjoy it too 😀


  3. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hey, Kathryn. I’ve loved following the development of this picture on FB, but seeing it this way with the original is really super. You are blessed with many talents. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’ve shared. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kathryn Jane says:

    Thank you, Marsha!!!


  6. Pat Amsden says:

    This. Popped up out of the blue but I needed it tonight so thank you. Thank you for being you Kathryn Jane


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