Mary Liz Ingram —  January 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

I’m a bookworm.

I love to read, and I read everyday. I read when I rest with baby, on lazy mornings while sipping coffee, and every night before I go to sleep. This love of reading has been literally passed down through my dad’s side of the family through generations. We have this tradition of book-sharing, and you MUST initial the inside cover signifying completion before you pass it along.

Valentine Williams

My favorite books are, as I call them, light mysteries…you know, the kind without any disturbing, gory crimes. Just good “whodunits” that keep you guessing. For example, I’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, most books by Dick Francis, and I’m currently reading my grandfather’s 1930s editions of Valentine Williams’ Secret Service Series. Love it.

Writing inspires me. Much of my art has been inspired by words: poetry of William Blake and Emily Dickinson, Southern literature like Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns, and poetry and stories that I write like Little Feathers and my Such is Life series.

Here are a few of my pieces that have been inspired by literature:

The Clod & The Pebble

The Clod & The Pebble, 18×24 Soft Pastel on Pastelbord, private collection, 1st place winner in the 2011 Shelby County Arts Council Juried Show

The Clod & the Pebble, Inspired by the poem The Clod and The Pebble by William Blake, I put several images together to recreate the poem in pastel.

The Weaver, 16x20 pastel on board

The Weaver, 16×20 pastel on board

The Weaver, also inspired by the poetry of William Blake.

The Little Bird Hope, 8x10 pastel on card

The Little Bird Hope, 8×10 pastel on card

The Little Bird Hope, inspired by the poem by Emily Dickinson.

Carousel, 11x14 pastel on board

Carousel, 11×14 pastel on board

Carousel, inspired by the song Carnival Town by Norah Jones.

What gives you inspiration?

For more of my language-inspired art:


The Raven

Sewing Lesson

Such is Life, Act 2

Joy & Woe

Dancing in Clover

Mary Liz Ingram


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