Six week countdown to the US release of HOW TO BE LUMINOUS! This is “Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow” (1923) and “Blue and Green Music” (1919/21), both by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the artists referenced in the book. In LUMINOUS, Minnie Sloe’s famous ceramicist mother goes missing and Minnie loses her ability to see colour – and connect to art. A lot of the inspiration came from just looking at my own walls – there’s barely a square inch that doesn’t have a colourful painting on it, including “Grey Lines”. It sits above my fireplace on a pale pink wall, and changes colour with the movement of the sun. •
I’m going to be sharing an artist important to the book, and a snippet of the text, each week til release. Here’s the first excerpt...
That’s the risk, isn’t it? If you lean into art, open yourself wide, look for the glow in the stone or embrace the starlight moments, it leaves you vulnerable.
A vast tsunami of grief comes crashing in.
Before I know it I’m tearing the books apart, breaking their spines, ripping off the Post-it notes, trying to shake the colours from the pages so they fall into my hands. And I hear a thumping-great orchestra, getting louder and louder; soundtracking the frenzy, playing scary Jaws-style violins that sound exactly, exactly, like green-and-blue music should—
Black-and-white music. •
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