Join Me For a Rare Look at Author Annie Proulx’s Art

Writer-Artist Five: Annie Proulx

“It is a kind of pleasurable note-taking.” ~ Annie Proulx

Join Me For a Rare Look at Author Annie Proulx's Art by @DFriedmanAuthor #art #annieproulx #painting

The Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Pen-Faulkner Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction-winning novelist, short story writer, and journalist, most famous for The Shipping News and Brokeback MountainAnnie Proulx is also a painter, using her artistic skills to record what she sees.

When I asked her whether I was correct to infer from the writing on her pictures that she used her art as a memory aid, she wrote back:

“In part, it is an aide de memoire to fill out details of landform, as the longer you look at a particular scene the more connections between what you are looking at and the natural world you have looked at a thousand times before. But also, it is a kind of pleasurable note-taking.

My mother was a painter, one of her sisters was a painter, there were artists in the family generations back. I and my sisters grew up in a household where pencil, brush, paints, were always at hand and we were encouraged to draw. So it is/was a familiar sort of thing to do, especially when sitting in airports waiting for flights.”

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  2. Diana L Jenkins on January 10, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    This is my aunt . My mother’s eldest sister. My mother was Aunt Annie’s middle sister Joyce an Twin Janet . I sadly have not ever met her . Because INFORMATION I WON’T SPEAK ON AS IT’S NOT MY PLACE TO. I’m also painting new to it about 3 months now . And I have some poems
    In a book at age 13,14 poems published . I guess it is a family traight . I’ve been trying to write book for very many years now . About my horrible childhood and in to my present. But I don’t think the way I want to tell it would be appropriate. I don’t want to sugar coat it . Anyway just wanted to say thank you for choosing my Aunt . Her painting is amazing. I’m not sure I will be able to be that good . Thank you Diana Jenkins
    Haughton, louisiana

    • Diana L Jenkins on January 10, 2023 at 10:57 pm

      Sorry for the many mistakes I accidentally hit post before pre-reading for mistakes.

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