For me, writing and creating paintings have been segues from a hectic and high-stress life style to a more sedate and occasional hermit-like existence. Since I transitioned to semi-retirement (I do occasional consulting), it has been fun to use other parts of my brain. Early on, in dialogue with writing/artist groups in Taos and Santa Fe, I asked and got great feedback because I was not trained or experienced in either pursuit. Three pieces of advice, especially, stuck with me. One, always paint or write for yourself--period. Two, above all, be honest when you write; people want the connection. And, three, putting yourself out there will be humbling and it will either frighten you away or embolden your passion.
Armed with that sage wisdom (incidentally Northern New Mexico has a fully stocked pantry of world-class writers and artists), I have self published two books of poetry. The first was illustrated with photos I took along the way and the second was illustrated with my own art work. For those wondering, let me take away the suspense--neither book made the NY Times Bestseller List! But for me it was like keeping a diary that recorded my artistic evolution.
My oldest son (who also writes) is one of my best critics. I have included one of his favorite poems from my first book which is illustrated with a picture of me teaching him about shaving. His razor is the old fashioned Gillette Vintage Fat Boy adjustable without the razor; it's the razor my dad used to teach me how to shave. The words illustrate the heaviness of reflecting on life but not dwelling on the view in the rear view mirror but, instead, applying the lessons learned to the road ahead with undaunted and unbridled passion. #richmarquezwritesanddrawsnm #poetry #selfpublished #reflections #timeisaghost