Archive for January 2012


January 24, 2012

Keyhole Conversations steps back in time with Richard Walkup, a  prolific painter who later turned his talents to writing. His oil paintings range from realism to abstract, from moody environmental subject matter  to city scenes painted with color and excitement. In Thunderstorm, he captures the feel of nature’s power. Can you see the wind pushing huge thunderheads,  hear the lightning crackle in the ominous cloud formation ?

We hope you enjoy the oil paintings of this amazing artist as much as we did.  See if you can guess the genre he writes in by looking at what and how he paints


See what Richard has to say about his art

and what his paintings represent to him.

“Everything I know about painting I learned in fourth grade art class, from primary colors to vanishing points and horizon lines.  Using an abstract subject that obsessed me for weeks, I began painting Puzzle Cubes In Space in 1970.  That was followed by Kansas City Turns On, inspired by a picture of Kansas City, Missouri, at dusk from beneath the Pesao Bridge over the Missouri River, as depicted on the 1969 Kansas City, Missouri, phone directory.

“Then came, In The Beginning, (Cockroaches Rule),  Water and Wine, still life.  (Spaceship) Returning HomeFood Fruit and Wine still life,  Ghost Town 1970Thunderstorm Over the Prairie, Oklahoma City ShinesSpook, my pal.  Hang-gliding near Manhattan, Kansas (Port hole) Portal to Space,  America the Beautiful,  Chess Dream Scape and  Out of the Flat Lands.

“These paintings represent my philosophy of life, my view of the beauty and the ugliness of the environment, and love and beauty in the abstract.”


January 20, 2012

Keyhole Conversations is proud to present the art of award-winning author, Bonnie Tharp. As you view the slides below, consider the feelings her paintings evoke and how her selection of subject matter, use of color and brush strokes, and movement within the composition capture a love of family and an artist steeped in tradition and enduring values.

In her writing, Bonnie Tharp evokes strong images with words, layering the scenes in her novel like the layers of paint she applies to her art work. It is easy to understand how this writer won the 2011 coveted Coffin award for her novel, Feisty Family Values.

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Bonnie has selected a few of her personal pieces to show today, which includes pen and ink sketches and oil paintings.

When asked how she was drawn into art, here is what she had to say.

“I was drawn to art from a very young age. As a toddler I doodled on any flat surface, or margins of the newspaper, it didn’t matter. My grandmother pasted all my little drawings in a notebook and gave it to me when I was an adult. When I started grade school, I discovered I loved to sing and my voice wasn’t too bad. All through high school I sang in chorus and with our church choir. It was with that choir that we toured Europe singing in churches in Germany, France, Holland, and Austria.

“I tried playing guitar but never learned how really. I had a beautiful, but cheap guitar from Woolworth’s that had metal strings that made my fingers bleed, so I quit. Throughout all this time I never stopped drawing and painting. I often used art to express my feelings growing up. I was a writer, too, and kept a diary. BUT, that didn’t work out well, because I didn’t censor my writing and my stepsister was nosey. I didn’t get back into writing until after I graduated from high school and started college.”

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
                                                                                                  —Dolly Parton

A special thanks to Free Web Images for their clip art

Kansas Authors: Closet Painters? Take a peek.

January 7, 2012

Now that the frantic pace of the holidays is over, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax.

Keyhole Conversations has taken note of the fact that most of the writers interviewed on our vlog also paint. It’s another form of creative expression that closely ties into writing. A five-week series on authors who express themselves in other creative ways will be featured on our blog.

Our first writer, Bonnie  Myrick,  followed art as a career before she began to write seriously at the age of sixty-two. Her fiction covers many genres: horror, paranormal, mystery, and historical. Her chosen art media ranges from three-dimensional works of sculpture and pottery, as well as mixed media, painting, and pen and ink sketches.

We hope you enjoy peeking through the keyhole into another facet of Bonnie’s life.

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  Bonnie Myrick tells why she became an artist.

       “I had two sisters who were talented artists. I became an artist by accident when my sister, Betty, wanted me to accompany her to her art classes. I wasn’t interested, but she kept nagging until I agreed. Then I discovered the world of color and began to paint. All I have left are a few of my early personal pieces.

      “All my paintings are in oil. The still life is a copy after Cezanne and the old man was painted using Rembrandt’s technique known as chiaroscuro. The sculpture is cast plaster and the lump box was salt fired using red clay. The oil is a painting of  my electric range top. The Jerusalem street scene is copied from a small post card, my earliest attempt as a beginner.”

B. J. Myrick, author of Out of Control

Visit her page at authors den and amazon


January 6, 2012

Welcome to Keyhole Conversations

A Different Kind of Book Review.

It’s always fun to see how characters from the novel respond to our questions. It’s also very interesting to see which character from the book the author allows to be interviewed, which is not always the point-of-view character. It’s one way to see into the heart of the author.

Today’s guest is more than a character, he is also a rather unruly character you won’t meet every day.  He’s R. C. Bellicki, a professional hacker dealing with computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer. He’s got a heart of gold,  is extremely  likeable, and is one guy you will enjoy listening to as he reveals issues from his life and what he thinks of  H. B. Berlow, the author who created him.  You can buy the book at amazon.  Take a look at the video below.


Read the teaser below for a quick review of the story.

Don't miss Kansas Two-Step, a mystery by H. B. Berlow


He’s a gray-bearded old hippie who wears Hawaiian shirts and makes his living  doing subversive internet research. In essence, he’s a professional hacker.  But now R.C. Bellicki has gotten himself caught up in murder, and he has to use all his computer skills to stay one step ahead of the police — and the actual killer.

      Rated: Adult Content

Watch the book trailer below.

A mystery about computers, lost loves, cops, and good beer.

clip art from Tropical Plants, Flowers, and Decor


H.B. Berlow (1962- ) studied film-making at the University of Miami and for a time focused his attention on screenwriting. From 1990-1995 his efforts turned to poetry and he was involved in the Boston Slam Poetry scene, despite doing mostly sonnets and traditional poetry. He moved to Wichita, KS when he met his future wife Shelia. A member of the KWA (Kansas Writer’s Association) since 2007, he has concentrated largely on fiction, focusing on crime (hard-boiled and neo-noir) and transgressive fiction, having been inspired by such writers as James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Chuck Palahniuk. He also paints and creates mixed media art works.  He lives in a 100+ year old Victorian house in Wichita with his wife, Shelia, and three cats — Mongo, Camille, & Rupert. You can find his books on Visit his blog.


Be sure to visit his page at Author’s Den


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