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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 14): 05/14/18
Last week I started on a painting to give to a friend. It feels good to work with acrylics after two years. I stopped just after I finished the avian portraits because I didn't have room for any new pieces in the condo and then we were suddenly deciding to move.
I plan to do ten new avian portraits, again from birds I've photographed. I probably won't restrict myself to the county I live in this time. I did that to fit the rules of the library's call for art.
Before beginning on the birds, though, I painted a still life of some tomatoes a friend of mine grew last year. She sent them home with me when I had volunteered to watch her twins. They were so pretty — a herritage variety, mostly yellow with some red to the skin. So I photographed them before I cooked them. Those photographs became the reference for the painting.
What I read:
What I'm reading:
Comment #1: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 03:28:04
It is a lovely thing to be able to get back to a craft that you love (and are obviously so good at).
Comment #2: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:05:00
Thanks. It feels good to paint again. It's my way to unwind.
Comment #3: Monday, May, 14, 2018 at 11:11:52
Angelica @ Paperback Princess
Amazing painting, beautiful art. You are extremely talented. I couldn't do this if my life depended on it.
Comment #4: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:08:00
Like any skill, it takes practice and dedication. I've been painting since I was ten.
Comment #5: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:48:56
Great still life. I admire anyone with artistic talent since I have none. All of your books are new to me this week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Comment #6: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:10:00
It's been a while since I've done a still life. I might do more interspersed with the avian portraits I'm now working on.
Comment #7: Tuesday, May, 15, 2018 at 07:03:16
I am eager to read Dear Mrs. Bird. I have it here.
I love This is Paris. The pictures are so perfect.
I’m glad you are painting again.
Comment #8: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:19:00
Dear Mrs. Bird is delightful.
Comment #9: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 13:52:49
I tried to read a digital ARC of The Journey of Little Charlie and had a hard time with the dialect and gave up. But I love Christopher Paul Curtis and have been meaning to try the audiobook.
Comment #10: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:21:00
I originally started the book with a print copy from the library. Like you I found the dialect terrible. The reviews of the audiobook were good so I listened to a sample of it. I liked what I heard and bought a copy.
Comment #11: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 17:43:34
Love what you did in the painting! Thanks for sharing...and enjoy your books, too. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #12: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:23:00
Thanks! I think this week's books will be good ones.
Comment #13: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 21:59:10
Your painting is beautiful. Looks like you got a lot of reading done too.
Comment #14: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:24:00
Thank you. I got a fair amount of reading done but not all that I had wanted to.
Comment #15: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 22:45:44
Love the tomato painting. i always wish I had the talent to paint or draw, but alas...no!
Comment #16: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:26:00
It takes practice, just like anything. And the amount of practice requires that it be fun to do.
Comment #17: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 23:29:37
Wow! You're so talented. That is a lovely painting. Lots of great books here. I've never read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but I would love to one day.
Hope you have a great week. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #18: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:29:00
Project Gutenberg has copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for download if you ever want to read it and see the original illustrations.
Comment #19: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 02:47:30
Ooh nice. I like a good juicy tomato and when a picture makes me hungry you're clearly doing something right. :)
Hope Night Vale is good.
Comment #20: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 09:31:00
Thanks! I don't think any of my art has made anyone hungry before.