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A Different Way to Tell a Story

January 29, 2013

?????????????Writers often talk about what a lonely road they’ve chosen. I don’t disagree. Staring at a blank computer screen waiting for inspiration to strike has caused more than one would-be storyteller to to question their choice (along with their sanity) – sometimes, unfortunately, to walk away from their dream. Why haven’t I? What keeps me going when the words won’t come? More than any other single thing: friends who write. One such friend is Nancy Labs. Nancy has been a part of my creative journey since I first dared to share my dream of being a writer. She is not only a fine writer, but also a talented painter and, from her, I’ve learned that sometimes it’s best to step away from chasing those all-too-elusive words and let your muse enter by another door.

I’m pleased that Nancy has agreed to let me share with the readers of Birth of a Novel how she finds inspiration in another medium. Here’s a quote from her website:

“Through painting, I am able to express the joy and wonder I experience everyday as I observe the beauty of the natural world. I strive to invest my work—whether landscapes, portraits or still lifes—with the sense of spiritual presence I encounter when I look deeply at a subject, probing to find the inner life and energy that animates all of nature. I especially love exploring the nuances of shifting light and shadow to discover and express the many ways in which these atmospheric qualities affect the colors that dance in the trees, fields, streams, flowers, objects and people that surround us.

“I’ve devoted a section of my work to scenes from Peace Valley Park and Nature Center in Doylestown, PA. Peace Valley is—as the name suggests—a source of peace and inspiration in my life, and I wanted to dedicate part of this website to celebrating what this beautiful place has meant to me.”

There will be an exhibit of Paintings by Nancy Labs at Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA through the month of February. This Sunday, February 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. is the opening reception. Come meet Nancy, see her paintings, and take a few minutes to chat with this very talented and approachable artist.IMG

To learn more about this multi-talented woman, visit

Copyright to the featured image is owned by Nancy Labs.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    I definitely will go to see the exhibit. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.
    So sorry I missed the opening reception. My bad for not checking your wonderful blog more often.

    • February 19, 2013 10:57 PM

      I hope you do, Carmen. I think you’ll enjoy it. At any rate, a trip to Peace Valley is always nice.

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