A new Large Sketchbook page photographed on the floor. More sketchbook pages here.

I often wonder what an image looks like when a writer describes something that we never saw, or when art critics write about an artist whose work, or a particular piece, we might not be familiar with. So I plan on doing a number of pieces making work based solely on a description.

In this case the text is from a short story by Flannery O'Connor titled "The River".

...After she had counted the money she slipped it somewhere inside her coat and walked over to a watercolor hanging near the phonograph. "I know what it is," she said, peering closely at the black lines crossing into broken planes of violent color.

Large Sketchbook: "The River", paint and ink on paper, 64x48 inches, 2012, by Vincent Romaniello. Click to enlarge.