What better way to seal off the outside world than by plonking a dome over it? If an island doesn’t work for your story, maybe a literal or figurative dome will?
Pianos in art tend to feature women (rather than men). Piano art also quite frequently features cats. In the public imagination, cats and women are linked. Where there is a man, he’s statistically more likely to be gazing at the woman playing piano than actually playing himself.
Where do artists stand when they do these paintings? (On a bridge, perhaps, or waist-deep in water.)
Did you climb trees as a kid? I went to the park at the end of the street with my best friend. My friend used a tip from her grandmother: Tree climbing must be done barefoot.
American writer John Cheever is sometimes described as Chekov of the Suburbs. If you’ve not encountered Cheever before, perhaps start with his most famous story: “The Swimmer”.
For examples of indoor lighting in art and illustration see A History of Home Lighting. Below is a collection of art featuring outdoor lighting and hand-held lanterns.
Below is a collection of ships… but these ones aren’t at sea. They’re on the dock getting built, or fixed. They’re anchored in a harbour, or about to be. This emphasises their size.
Artificial intelligence will eventually replace us all… maybe. But not yet. However, AI software can help produce some pretty amazing artworks already.
“The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue by Poe Ballantine is included in The Best American Short Stories 1998. It kick started the author’s career, leading to a book contract. (Poe Ballantine is a great penname, don’t you think?) Australia’s Richard Fidler interviewed Poe in 2014 when he was here in Australia for the Byron……