Can you hear and see voices?


art by Andrew Brandmeyer
The Dilemma by Andrew Brandmeyer

The voice of an artist, or voice of a writer–have you heard those terms before?

My son, Andrew Brandmeyer is an artist, and teaches art at the university level. I consider him an expert so I asked him, “How can you tell what artist painted which painting. I find it fascinating that some people can identify the artist by brushstrokes.”

Andrew said, “Monet being one of the Impressionists used loose brushstrokes.  He also was one of the first to use a technique known as broken colour. The term impressionism was based on a critics negative review of one his paintings, “Impression Sunrise.” Leonardo da Vinci was famous for many things. These include being an inventor and anatomist as well as a painter. There is so much about him that I’m not going to bore you with a lengthy history lesson. He was one of the Italian Renaissance painters.

Monet and Leonardo da Vinci were quite different in their approaches to painting, being from movements that were 400 years or so apart.”

Then like a good professor, he sent me  to do some checking on my own. Here’s what I discovered.

Jackson Pollack– that’s an artist’s name I knew, so I googled him. Pollock is well-known for his drip/ action paintings. It was pretty much the last approach he had to painting before his passing. In his earlier works he did use a brush and his work ranged from representational to abstract. He was a student of Thomas Benton at the Art Students League. Now that I know that I ‘see’ it in his paintings. Take a look at Number 8. I’ll wait.

What I discovered about Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is he was a Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Yes, Wikipedia is my friend, sometimes. Leonardo da Vinci was more anatomically correct in that he was a realist painter. Look at Lady with Ermine

I’m not an expert, but I see the MATH, it’s exacting to me–almost measured.

Looking at Monet’s Impression Sunrise I see the loose brushstrokes, with other colors popping through, but it’s a painting that makes me comfortable. I ‘feel’ Monet’s voice, much like I feel my writer’s voice.

Maybe I’m a loose describer?

Writers have a voice too. Think about your favorite writers, is it the style or the stories that keep you coming back for more? My friend and writer Julie Lessman writes with lots of details making sure you see where her characters are and what they are doing. Another writer friend Camy Tang  writes with a fast pace which takes my breath away sometimes. If you handed me a sheet of paper with some of their work typed on it I would be able to tell from the writer’s voice who wrote it, much like my son can identify an artist.

Are there other creative people you would know their work by sight or sound? I know I could pick out my friend Janice’s, fudge out of a line up.


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About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. *affiliate links are used on this site. It won't cost you more but those extra pennies keep me stocked in tea, thank you!

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  1. I am not too good at hearing or seeing voice, what I can say is I feel. Am feeling the feel of Dilemma very well. Must say I do not understand most art forms, but I know when I see something that looks good to me.{at least, wiping the sweat from my brow ;o) }

  2. You know, looking at it that way, yes I can see differences. I have two friends who love to cook, but one is into a fancier chef style while the other is more of a down-home country cook. In my favorite authors, one is definitely heavier on the physical descriptions than the other. And of the musicians at church, I can always pick out one particular percussionist even before I see him in the drum cage. Art, no matter the form, is all about paying attention to the details.

  3. This is such an interesting post, Diana. Looks like creativity runs in your family. I, too, think it’s fascinating how art experts can determine whether or not, say, a Rembrandt is really a Rembrandt. Here’s a bit of WWII trivia: Goring bought a Vermeer that turned out to be a forgery — so obvious even I could tell it from the photos. There’s a whole book about it, but I don’t remember the title offhand.

  4. Oh yes, Beth. I am very proud of him. I don’t ‘get’ art either which is why I had to ask him. It’s interesting in how when he looks at the ground he sees 15 shades of green, brown and yellow–when I look at the ground I see stories.

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