Sunday, August 02, 2009

This Writer's Office

As a follow up to my post showing my desk, here's a little photo tour of my office as whole, highlighting a recent addition. First the back corner:

Back of My Office

Then the side wall, focusing in on the aforementioned addition:

Smith Painting on Office Wall

And finally a tight shot on my wonderful new Owen Smith oil painting:

Owen Smith Painting

Which, if you've been reading this blog at all, you will recognize as the cover illustration for my forthcoming novel, The Big Wake-Up. Note Smith's signature at the bottom right corner ("O Smith 09"), something he added after the scan for the cover was made.

My wife imagines the following dialog in a year 2099 episode of the Antiques Roadshow:

(balding, overweight)
The painting's been in the family for two generations. I inherited it from my father. It was apparently done to illustrate one of those old fashioned book thingies published near the turn of the century. I've got the book here. I guess my relative wrote it.

(wearing an inappropriate amount of jewelry)
You see the signature on the lower right corner of the painting? O Smith?

Sure do.

That belongs to Owen Smith. Smith was a well-regarded illustrator in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His art was used in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and many other popular periodicals. His paintings are prized by collectors.

I wasn't familiar with your relative--Mark Coggins--but my colleagues and I researched him. We found out that he wrote mysteries. He is not well-known, but the fact that you have the book adds provenance, increasing the value of the Smith painting considerably.

Have you ever had the painting appraised?


The value of Smith paintings as gone up considerably in recent years. With the book to provide provenance, we estimate it would fetch three trillion dollars at action.


Have you read the book?

I tried once, but I never made it past the first chapter. We've been using it to prop open the outhouse door.

Well, you probably want to at least take it inside. And get the painting insured.


At 4:45 PM, Blogger Daniel F. Le Ray said...

Wonderful painting. Should I one day manage to finish (and, more importantly, publish) something novel-length, I hope it shall adorn my wall similarly.

When is the Wake-Up due out? I'll have to order myself a copy!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Mark Coggins said...


Glad you like the painting!

WAKE-UP is due in November, assuming fair wind and following seas ...


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