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I just finished reading ‘Jazz’ by Cristian Mihai. He is a young man with an incredible output of published works. And I know why! This book was purchased for my Kindle  and was self-published.

I do not read much fiction, but found the writing compelling. A trip we made to Paris included some of the sights and food he mentioned. While I did not know the characters, they were interesting and true to his story.

Check out his works and his blogs. One recent post shows a photograph of his bed of books.

Thanks, Cristian

Who knew?

Finishing ‘The Paper Garden’ by Molly Peacock would be so wonderful. The life of  the unlikely artist, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany ( May 14, 1700 to April 15, 1788), was so intriguing. Her  claim to fame as an artist came from 985 ‘mosaicks’, flowers of cut paper and dried flower parts?  These works were started in her early 70’s until a few years before her death.

The book includes many of these in beautiful color. These works can be viewed at the British Museum in London. (check hours) .  The author uses  Delaney’s letters and notes to tell her life story related to each flower. Also the author tells of her own life and her ability to relate to a woman born so many years before her.

This book would be instructive to artists’ history buffs, and women.

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Bettye W. Harwell

Current reading:

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock

This is the story of an 18th century English woman, Mary Delany who, at age 72, invents collage. The author has woven together the facts of her life and the history of the period in which she lived with an interpretation of the flower ‘mosaicks’.

Along with these wonderfully detailed ideas, the author interspersed her own life. Using her access to Mary’s letters, books that were written soon after her death and photographs of the very old works on paper, the author tells a compelling story.

Blogging as a Resource

The other writer’s are very generous in sharing things that interest them or that may be of interest to others bloggers. That is how I came across this book. Published in 2010 by Bloombury, it is well worth reading for the description of Mary’s methods, about art theory, about the details of aristocratic women’s lives and the wonderful photography. The artwork reminds of the delicate glass flowers at Harvard University. Much study was entailed in that project.  Mary Delany was her own teacher.

The book also has me thinking about my shock after reading the sexual interpretations of Georgia O’Keefe’s work. Why, I wondered was it necessary to examine the artist and her work so intimately? Could the paintings of flowers, so advanced as portraits, be enough? The botanist will learn from Mary Delany’s work. I cannot question the author too much because of her book design. It is amazing that the works have survived. Still, as I am only halfway through, there is enough for the artist’s eye.

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