I’ve begun a new series of fine art pieces intended for exhibits later this year. (Yes, I’ve a deadline dragon) And I’ve been thinking of how when I walk into a library or bookstore I feel like I’m entering a galaxy. Words and ideas that are interrelated with other words and ideas, like an array of planets and stars, or like nesting dolls or stuffed vegetables.
Also in my thoughts; the way I can experience something first hand but when I read about that same experience in a book I have a delightful momentary shock of recognition and I better understand my experience.
So I’m exploring these thoughts, as best I can, within my new series.
Here’s one of my new pieces:
You’ll notice, I’m sure, the “nesting” ideas of the coffee and mints. There’s a real still life, also by me, which is spoofed within the above painting that I will also include in my upcoming exhibit. I love the idea that a viewer could find the real-life painting that is referred to within another painting – sort of a “find the image” puzzle exhibit.
Here’s a picture of the still life referred to in the painting above:
I’m also thinking it’ll be fun to also include at least one artist book version of an imaginary book depicted in one of my paintings – so the viewer could look at the painting and then leaf through a copy of the book depicted in the painting. But we’ll have to see how that works out.
Posting progress as I go… thanks for staying tuned.
9 thoughts on “reading and books in art”
The dog certainly is engrossed in the book! Love the steam from the coffee.
Thanks Becky! I’ve been watching steam rise from coffee and practicing in my sketchbook… glad it worked in the painting! Whew!
I think this is the perfect theme for a series of paintings by you, as I know you love animals and books and the little things that bring us joy and comfort. I look forward to seeing what you create.
Thank you Laura! I’m having fun with it – and I look forward to sharing with you!
Love that face! He’s so engrossed in that book, the coffee might get cold.
Lol! So right about him being so engrossed that his coffee might get cold – exactly the look I was going for!!!! Thanks, Audrey for your kind words!