SPACIOUS SPACES

SPACIOUS SPACES

Spacious Spaces by Historical Romance Author & Artist Gail Ingis

I was fortunate to be a blogging guest for Susan Hanniford Crowley, of Nights of Passion. Susan gave me permission to reblog my post.

MCP Gail Ingis-3 Color Large Revised

Today I am writing about the real tale of Rork and Leila, and also of spaces built and used by artists. As an artist myself, I know spacious spaces are prized—like lofts and two-story high areas—where we can paint massive canvases.

Tenth Street Studio image

“The Tenth Street Studio, 51 West 10th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and built for artists to have high-ceiling spacious spaces to create their art.

“The story goes–I discovered an amazing work of art where I curate art, Lockwood-Bierstadts studio 10th streetMathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut, a huge painting, Domes of Yosemite, that once hung in the rotunda of the mansion, commissioned by Mr. Lockwood, was painted by Albert Bierstadt in this Tenth Street Studio, a place of importance in my book, INDIGO SKY. This is actually where Albert (Rork) Bierstadt first met Rosalie (Leila) Osborn Ludlow when she and her husband, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, visited the studios for the first time. It was here they viewed Bierstadt’s work. Ludlow was impressed with Bierstadt’s work and wrote several articles in Harper’s, Atlantic monthly, and Frank Leslie’s Weekly, spreading the word of his talent and his art.  Ludlow and Bierstadt developed a relationship that brought them together often and united them as they traveled to Yosemite. Plan was for Bierstadt to sketch while Ludlow journaled. At some point within a four-year period, Bierstadt became enamored with Rosalie. A romance ensued, followed by a divorce from Ludlow, then a marriage to Bierstadt. I was shocked, (Did those things happen back then?) by the entire goings on, and had to write a book, I had to tell the story. Although INDIGO SKY is fiction, it is a historic romantic adventure, inspired by Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite, and his life.

Bierstadts studio 2“Brief history about this place: The Tenth Street Studio Building, constructed in New York City in 1857, was the first modern facility designed solely to serve the needs of artists. It became the center of the New York art world for the remainder of the nineteenth century.

“The building helped to make Greenwich Village central to the arts in New York City, drawing artists from all over the country to work, exhibit, and sell their art. These studios were occupied by Winslow Homer and many artists of the Hudson River School, including Frederic Church, Lockwood de Forest and Albert Bierstadt.

“In 1920, in order to forestall a commercial takeover, the building was purchased by a group of artists. From that time forward, a number of New York City artists rented studio space in the building. Hats off to artists that are always on hand to save broken down architectural beauties.

“In 1942 the building’s basement became the meeting place for the Bombshell Artists Group, an alliance of 60 modernist painters and sculptors, many who had studios in the building. Its long history dates from 1857 to 1956, when it was razed to make way for an apartment building. In 2010, a penthouse apartment in the newly constructed apartment building at 45 West 10th Street was purchased by the actress, Julia Roberts.”

Courtesy of Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Street_Studio_Building

INDIGO SKY AMAZON REVIEW BY SUMMER LEA, 5-STAR:

VICTORIAN AMERICA COMES ALIVE THROUGH AUTHOR’S VIVID WRITING

INDIGO SKY is the poignant tale of a spirited young married woman, Leila, who faces a difficult decision:  live constrained by the rules and expectations of her Victorian society, or follow her heart to happiness.  Her husband (a drug addict) has betrayed her; her waspish mother seeks to dominate her; and the only person who truly makes her feel alive is forbidden territory: Rork Millburn, the handsome artist who heroically saves her life. I felt deeply for Leila’s desperate plight, and I cheered for her courageous determination to live as a free spirit in an age when female non-conformists were cruelly shunned by society — or brutally repressed by their disapproving relatives.

Like the hero in this story, the author, Gail Ingis, is an artist, making her a connoisseur of visual detail.  Throughout INDIGO SKY, she literally paints with words.  For instance, the Catskill Mountains come alive in all their breathtaking glory through Ingis’s gift of vivid verbal description. If you enjoy immersing yourself in historical detail, you will thoroughly enjoy Ingis’s writing.

Back Cover:

indigoSky-Soulmate 505_505x825 (2)In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger—she learns hard lessons of murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

Webpage with sign up and art & author websites: http://www.gailingis.com

Amazon Author Page with updates and trailer: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/29NYE5w

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INDIGO SKY IS AN E-Book, and Print Book now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. AudioBook coming shortly.
Find Gail with these links:

indigoSky-Soulmate 505_505x825 (2)  INDIGO SKY | “A Triumphant Tale of Courage.” Get this one!” 5-Star

Gail Ingis, Author and Visual Artist | gailingisclaus@gmail.com | Website | Artist Page | Amazon | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Trailer | B&N

Amazon Author Page:  http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/29NYE5w

Artist Page:     https://artist.gailingis.com/blog/

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2aBfjvQ

Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/gail.ingis

Goodreads:     http://bit.ly/29Pem1S

Trailer:            http://bit.ly/29xUJ1H

Twitter:           http://twitter.com/gailingis

Website:         http://www.gailingis.com

Do you want to meet Gail? This is a wonderful art reception and booksigning invitation! Here’s your chance!

Cyclone, Oh What a Ride 12x24 Oil

Cyclone, Oh What a Ride 12×24 Oil

Gail Ingis is exhibiting 38 works of Coney Island, Thursday, September 8th 5:30-7:30pm. You are invited to her art bash at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203-838-9799 extension 4 to RSVP. A ten dollar donation is requested. Live band, refreshments and a dance demo are included in the donation.

The exhibition will be up until September 30th.

Thank you Gail, for gracing the pages of Nights of Passion. Remember, everyone, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark.

TELL AGAIN TUESDAY TODAY!

TELL AGAIN TUESDAY TODAY!

Today’s post is a reblog . . .

C.D. Hersh

C.D. Hersh

Tell Again Tuesday-by C.D. Hersh, Authors, published with Soul Mate Publishing, is a blog series, where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

Does anyone else include this while writing?
Tackle Big Events While Writing, Posted on June 22, 2016 by Beth Carter.

It’s easy to write about boy meets girl or girl meets boy. Insert a villain, some scenery, conflict, the use of senses, a bit of backstory and foreshadowing, and you’re done, right? Wrong. It’s much more interesting when you throw in big (or even small, intimate) events. Whether they are a fact of life (like a birth or death), a crazy family reunion or a tragic occurrence, your writing will be enriched and become much more realistic by adding these details.

Here are examples of . . .

For the rest of the blog go to:
https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/tackle-big-events-while-writing-by-beth-carter/

I thought that Beth’s suggestions were awesome. In my book, a historic romance, can you find betrayal and tragedy, and other life-changing situations? Do Leila and Rork find happiness? Is there a HEA (Happy Ever After)?

Bookcover

Bookcover

Indigo Sky, in paperback, is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Come to my art bash and book signing on September 8, 5:30-7:30pm.

Website | Artist Page | Amazon | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter |

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/29NYE5w
Artist Page:      https://artist.gailingis.com/blog/
Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/gail.ingis
Goodreads:       http://bit.ly/29Pem1S
Trailer:               http://bit.ly/29xUJ1H
Twitter:           http://twitter.com/gailingis
Website:           http://www.gailingis.com

REMEMBER MY ART BASH on SEPTEMBER 8, 5:30-7:30pmCyclone, Oh What a Ride 12x24 OilCyclone, Oh What a Ride 12×24 Oil

Coney Island: Visions From the Boardwalk
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is pleased to present 38 paintings from artist-writer Gail Ingis Claus. The artist will be signing copies of her new book entitled INDIGO SKY. During the reception, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will be offering the book at a special show price.

Unique Offer: Enter at the reception to Win A FREE Book and a Coney Island print! Attendees of the Artist Reception and Book Signing Party on Thursday, September 8, 2016, will be entered to win a complimentary copy of Gail’s book-inprint and a Coney Island print from her art collection. The drawing will take place shortly before closing at 7:15 pm. The winning ticket holder must be present to receive the free book, bookmark, and print of Coney Island.

There will be a ballroom dance demonstration from Gail’s memories of her times at Coney Island.

Art Show Sponsors:
www.investmarkfinancial.com
www.susankanecatering.com

RSVP by Friday, Sept 2, 2016, 203-838-9799 ext. 4

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
203-838-9799

Founding Patron
The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown
2016 Distinguished Benefactors:
The Maurice Goodman Foundation

 

 

GONE ARE THE DAYS . . .

GONE ARE THE DAYS . . .

Bunny Win 12x12" oil

Bunny Win 12×12″ oil-on-aluminum

Suspended . . . Coney Island painting project. The beach, Washington Baths, swimming, blackball, cool sand under the boardwalk, with friends, watching Tuesday night fireworks, Nathan’s hotdogs, French fries and steamed corn.

I didn’t get to choose between writing and painting until I decided to paint Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite in 2009. Captivated by how the painting came to life, Indigo Sky is an historic romantic adventure inspired by Bierstadt’s journey from the Catskills to Yosemite.

Indigo Sky Bookcover

Indigo Sky Bookcover

After extensive studies and writing workshops, among many was Carol Dannhauser’s Memoir writing and Michael Hauge’s, A Hero’s Journey. I realized that I could never get this book written while I was still painting. My writing hijacked me and held me prisoner until the ‘end.’ The time flew by, those several years. Consider, I could have acquired a PhD in writing!  Metaphors and similes, the tools serious writers need made a difference, I learned and I loved writing . . . Truly!!!

One day, I looked up—Soul Mate Publishing published my book—suddenly, I was a published author.

You see, I had been painting full time, everyday, three workshops every week, sketching, photographing, scanning, framing, it is a full time job. Writing is the same. I did a ton of research before I even began to write. Then I wrote everyday, researched when necessary. Writing is rewriting. First draft, second draft, edit, edit and more edit. Then when the publisher’s editor got hold of it, we did more editing. We deleted down from 86k to 82k. It was not scary or sad. It was good. I knew it needed more editing, always, especially when a professional looks at your work.

Domes of Yosemite (Ode to Bierstadt) Ingis Claus

Domes of Yosemite (Ode to Bierstadt) 24×36″ acrylic on canvas

 

Finally, when the book was published, I finished my painting project. I love to paint! Now, literally, with the show on the road, I am seriously thinking about writing my next historical romance, maybe in and around Coney Island. This blog sees the culmination of my Coney Island painting project, on view, until September 30 at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT. Come party with us on Thursday, September 8, from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Clap along with us as we demo a swing dance (Lindy) just like in Coney Island way back when, to the big band mix of, ‘In the Mood, Sweet Sue, Rockin’ the Rock named “Jive Bunny.” See the invitation here:

Coney Island: Visions from the Boardwalk
Meet Artist-Writer Gail Ingis Claus at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Artist Reception and Book Signing Party, Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm Enjoy exotic aged cheeses, grapes, berries, and veggie crudites generously provided by Susan Kane, Catering

Cyclone, Oh What a Ride 12x24 OilConey Island’s Cyclone: Oh What a Ride 12×24 Oil-on-Anodized-Aluminum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is pleased to present more than 25 paintings
from artist-writer Gail Ingis-Claus. The artist will be signing copies of her new
book entitled INDIGO SKY. During the reception, the Lockwood-Mathews
Mansion Museum will be offering the book at a special show price.
Unique Offer: Enter at the reception to Win A FREE Book and a Coney Island
print! Attendees of the Artist Reception and Book Signing Party on Thursday,
September 8, 2016, will be entered to win a complimentary copy of Gail’s novel in
paperback and a Coney Island print from her art collection. The drawing will take place
shortly before closing at 7:15 pm. The winning ticket holder must be present to
receive the free book, bookmark, and print of Coney Island.
Founding Patron
The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown
2016 Distinguished Benefactors:
The Maurice Goodman Foundation
Sponsor: www.investmarkfinancial.com
RSVP by Friday, Sept 2, 2016
203-838-9799 ext. 4 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
203-838-9799

Free, win an Indigo Sky eBook download. Winner chosen from those who comment! Deadline, Wednesday, August 17th at midnight.

 

STAYIN’ ALIVE!

STAYIN’ ALIVE!

Indigo Sky by Gail Ingis

Bookcover

Bookcover

If you like romance, and you like rip-roaring adventure, Indigo Sky is for you! Shopping at Tiffany’s, getting caught up in the New York Draft Riot, the Civil War, and the wilds of the Great Plains. Here’s an excerpt from my book that will curl your toes.

Excerpt: Dawn finally broke, and Leila sat listlessly on the pallet. Would today be the day she was raped? Death was preferable.

Little Star peeked through the doorway and crooked her finger. “Come.”

Leila crawled out and blinked against the strong light. Rising stiffly, she stretched, enjoying the sun on her face. She smiled at children laughing and playing between the tipis.

A group of women waited for her. “You bathe.”

Bathe? Leila almost laughed with relief.

The women led her silently to a copse of trees. A stream gurgled over rocks. They stripped her clothes off, urged her into a deep pool and washed her with a chunk of herb scented soap.

She reveled in the cold water until an elder hustled her out, drying her with scraps of soft hide.

Stony faced, the elder worried her gums and mumbled something rubbing herb oils on Leila’s body. Deep crevices on her face sagged in a perpetual expression of discontent. The elder peered over Leila, her small black eyes glittered with malice. She rattled off in an angry tirade.

One of the young women giggled behind slim fingers.

Leila glanced from one to the other. “What did she say?”

Little Star arrived with a hide garment over her arm and handed it to the elder. “She say you white like chicken fat, and don’t know why Red Arrow want you.”

The truth dawned on Leila. This was the moment she’d dreaded. She backed away holding up her palms. “N—no!”

Snarling, the elder grabbed Leila and issued brief instructions. The other women hastily pulled the buckskin dress over her head. Beads and feathers decorated the soft garment. Had circumstances been different, the dress would have delighted Leila. The women took her arms and led her back to the lodge.

Red Arrow stood in the center of a clearing between the tipis, hands behind his back, black eyes impassive.

Leila’s heart pounded and she hung back. The women shoved her and she fell to her knees at the warrior’s feet. “I—I will not be your woman—your whore.” She took his callused hand. “Please, I have a husband.”

He shook her off. “You obey.”

“I can’t—won’t!”

Red Arrow looked at Hook Nose. The leader nodded at a group of warriors. They stepped forward and hauled Leila up, dragging her from the clearing.

She twisted around. “What are they going to do to me?” She cried.

For you viewing pleasure, here’s the Indigo Sky trailer: Indigo Sky_07_11_15 – Small

Back cover blurb: In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger—she learns hard lessons of murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

Print book, eBook, Audiobook

Print book, eBook, Audiobook

Stay tuned for more . . . Amazon eBOOK, Indigo Sky, is available now . . . find the new release in PAPERBACK up on Amazon. The AUDIOBOOK – available soon.

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