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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 10): 06/10/19

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Last week was the last full week of the school year. This week my daughter has two days and my son has four days left.

Anyway, I took advantage of the week to make as much art as I could. Most of what I worked on was for the upcoming summer camp. After the dinosaur took way too long and hurt my hands in the process, I revised the stained glass process. The newer version is smaller and simpler in design. It takes about two hours to complete.

Gulls in paper stained glass
This piece I call "Émigré" and it's inspired by the song of the same title by Alela Diane.

I also started on Mini Nature 6. These are blackberries growing wild along one of the many local hiking trails. I think I was at Lake Chabot, but it could have been Don Castro. It's another acrylic 4x4 inch piece. I hope to finish it this coming week.

Mini Nature 6, WIP

I also did a collage as a prototype for the summer camp. This one I did without any sort of plan. I had a couple clothing catalogs that came as junk mail. I used them for inspiration. Some of the birds were actual prints on the clothing in the catalog — Mini Boden to be specific. Can you spot the old school dinosaurs?

Bird collage

With the school year wrapping up, there was a volunteer breakfast. I didn't attend because my husband and I didn't actually do any work on site. We did have a few windfalls which we used to complete a number of Doners Choose projects for the library and the art club. As a thank you for the donations, the librarian (who will be next year's art teacher as she managed to restart the art department single-handedly) painted this lovely piece for us. As far as I know there's no secret meaning behind it. My daughter says that she suggested a cat because we have cats, and blue and green are my daughter's favorite colors.

Painting by Ms. MacKenzie showing a cat tree
Painting by Ms. MacKenzie.

Finally, on Friday I spent the morning with a coworker and her boyfriend curating and hanging paintings for the upcoming Staff Show. This is the first annual staff show to coincide with the Members Show (which I have a piece in as well).

Four paintings from the first annual Sun Gallery staff show

What I read:

  • Little Big Love by Katy Regan; personal collection
  • Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates; personal collection
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders; library book
  • Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene; library book
  • The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton; personal collection / research
  • Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti (illustrator); library / research

What I'm reading:

  • All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan; personal collection
  • Just South of Home by Karen Strong; personal collection
  • Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 3 by Ryoko Kui; personal collection
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson; library book

Up Soon:

  • Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Bryne; personal collection
  • Above by Roland Smith; library / research
  • Click by Kayla Miller; library book

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Comment #1: Sunday, June 09, 2019 at 23:18:34

Shelleyrae @Book’d Out

You’ve had a great week, both reading and art wise

Good luck with the show!

Comment #2: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:00:00


Thanks. The reception is on the 22nd. I'll have pictures for my post on the 24th.

Comment #3: Monday, June, 10, 2019 at 00:02:51

Cheryl Malandrinos

What beautiful work. I like the new stained glass.

So many of your books this week look like they should be on my list. Hope you enjoy them.

Comment #4: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:08:00


I hope you give some of them a try. So far it's turning out to be a good week of reading.

Comment #5: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 15:47:25

Kathryn Trask

Little Big Love is a book I have marked to read, hopefully one day! Mmm those blackberries look good!

Comment #6: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:10:00


I ended up DNFing Little Big Love. I wasn't in the mood for three alternating points of view.

Comment #7: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 15:47:58


You do such great work! I hope you, also, enjoy your books and have a great week!

Comment #8: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:11:00


Thank you. I had fun with those pieces.

Comment #9: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 17:04:42

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

WOW! Art plus so many books. You seem like a really eclectic reader. ❤️

Comment #10: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:13:00


I have certain genres and story types that I gravitate towards but I agree that I'm not a niche reader.

Comment #11: Monday, June, 10, 2019 at 22:02:28

Laurie C

I just reread The Hunger Games for my genre study group. (We read YA fiction this year) I keep forgetting about Sophie Kinsella and need to check out some of her recent books!

Comment #12: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 14:14:00


I sold my Hunger Games books. I'm not inclined to re-read them in the near future. I like Sophie Kinsella's books. Those I could re-read.