A lovely article that mentions and quotes Susan, The Writer's Brush. The article's name is taken from a coffee table book that features the paintings of writers who create fine art. The paintings (not from the book) are currently on display in Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St., Cambridge, MA, through January 15. This particular article also includes a video report showing Susan with her watercolors (roughly two minutes in)!
Novelist Susan Minot carries a handy-dandy, purse-sized water color kit just about everywhere she goes. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine. Often, she paints the same scenes, near her home, over and over. "Sometimes when I'm feeling a little burnt out with writing, it's a pleasure," Minot said. "You know it's never something i feel, 'Oh, I better go do that,' which is what writing sometimes has become, because it's what I'm supposed to be doing." Like many artist/writers, Minot studied painting seriously and wanted to paint, but needed to write, though she finds one influences the other. "I might describe a scene in a painterly way, but that's because I like to paint. I'm very visually oriented." She's almost superstitious about sharing her writing with people until it's published. But because painting is more like playing to her, Minot is comfortable showing off the piles of playing card-sized notebooks she's filled over the years. "They are like visual diaries," she said. "Here is a writer's world through painter's eyes."