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David Roberts, writer and painter

 

 

 

This is the blogging site of David Roberts and I'm a novelist, journalist, essayist and painter.

As a journalist I covered a pretty wide canvas: politics, the arts, sport and religion; and, variously, war correspondent, editorialist, columnist and writer for The Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, Reuters and the CBC. 

Between writing a good number of non-fiction book and magazine things I wrote The Alchemist's Song, a novel, that was a best seller for about 5 minutes. Lately I've been making magazine illustrations. It is still a jaw-dropping surprise to me that people will actually hand over money for my original paintings but there you are: they are held by collectors in Canada, the USA, Europe and South America.

So, with this Grandmamma.com project I've vowed there will be no more loutish behaviour, no more languishing and merely awaiting the call of the muse. We've tucked away our pyjamas and sleeping bag, rolled 'em behind the bush beyond the hard bench where we sometimes pass the night. We are on watch, devouring all morsels of inspiration that may conspire to come our way.

Sometimes the painting arrives before the words. Just as often it's the other way around. We don't care for rules. Though as Julian Barnes observed one would be wise to avoid writing about dreams or the weather. And when it comes to painting, in the words of Ching Hao: 'Forget about the brush and ink. Then you shall know the truth about landscapes.'

 

(Above: Nightwatch 24" x 18" watercolours and India Ink).