ARTFUL READERS CLUB “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden

THE BEAR and the NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden is a book I never thought I’d read. My “extended family” grandson, Alex, recommended it to me. (It’s part of the WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY.) A gorgeous Russian medieval fairy tale that blossoms slowly into a thoughtful, emotionally complex story, with witchcraft, magic and history, Arden weaves together a …

GYPSY/ROMANI

This week SUNDAY POSTCARD ART (sundaypostcardart.wordpress.com) has a gypsy soul…I can identify! We went to Romania specifically to see the Romani gypsies (or “travelers” as they’re called.) They’ve always been fascinating to me…their art, their very secretive culture, their stories and their way of life. We only saw a bit of their closed communities, but …

SILHOUETTES and WHEELS

Wheels and Silhouettes are the keywords for my art this week…challenge group TAKE A WORD (takeaword.blogspot.com) was interested in wheels of any kind and THE THREE MUSES (thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com) asked to see silhouettes. I combined both in my two pieces. Here they are… Again…short and sweet. Wishing you a joyful, healthy week ahead. Hoping to see …

ANAHATA KATKIN

Anahata Katkin is an Alaskan-born, Atlanta based mixed media artist and business owner. She’s DIGITALMANIA’s “in-residence” artist for this week. (https://www.flickr.com/groups/digitalmania/) Her art is varied and interesting. Here are a couple of her creations… …and here are my creations, inspired by Anahata… More and more, the world around us is blooming with the flowers of …

DIGITALMANIA

Angi Sullins and Silas Toball, together, are our inspirations for this week’s art creations at art challenge group, DIGITALMANIA (https://flickr.com/groups/digitalmania .) Creating all forms of art from their studio in New Mexico, they paint, make photographs, digital art, collage, make books, short films, write poetry, write symphonies…they do it all. AND, they do it to …

LAYERS

Layers…we all have them. Art can help to reveal those layers of our lives…to ourselves and to others. This week, THE THREE MUSES (thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com) asked artists to create art with layers. I wonder if you’ve done any peeling away of those layers…examining them to determine who you are and what’s important to you during this …

STAYING HOME

Wildlife across the planet is stretching its legs, less inhibited from the hustle and bustle of humanity. Air pollution is plummeting in some of the most polluted cities around the globe. People are walking, biking, running, reading, talking with friends and family (even if it’s via FaceTime) while physically distancing…and attending virtual concerts, dinners and …