If you read my blog posts here, on the Teatime Tattler, or on History Imagined, you will have noticed they are frequently illustrated with paintings. They provide period atmosphere and imagination starters. Since the Dangerous Works, Dangerous Secrets, and Dangerous Weakness are all set during the late Georgian period of English history (also know as the Regency period), it is easy to find art work in the public domain.
Art is dear to my heart. As an elementary school student art history was a favorite subject. About once a month we got little prints of famous paintings with information about the painting and the artist on the back. The nuns taught us how to view the art of various periods with educated eyes. Those lessons never left me. When we travel, we haunt the great galleries seeing up close images I’ve only known in reproduction before. Using art to enhance posts is a joy.
My new favorite category is Paintings of Naval Battles. This past weekend I wrote an article on the Barbary pirates that I hope to submit to InD’Tale magazine as part of my promotion campaign for Dangerous Weakness this fall. When I searched for images, I found not only some images of pirates but also some spectacular naval paintings. I decided to set up a Pinterest board, Barbary Corsairs. I suspect readers will be seeing a lot of these in coming weeks.
Perhaps another time I’m write about covers.