Thursday, September 3, 2015

Illustration Friday: Work

Lil Napoleon.  Alas, his work was not yet done.

I finished reading War and Peace this week, which for me is a big deal.  I don't have much time to read, so it took me several months to get through it.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I have dozens of classic books, but I've never read most of them.  So I challenged myself to give them a little love, starting with the biggest and most daunting one.  I was surprised at how contemporary it felt at times, and the characters were wonderfully complex, never entire good or bad.  Very human.

Any suggestions on a favorite classic for me to read next?


23 comments:

Lola Azul said...

Lovely illustration. It's really a great work for the boy. There are a lot of good books to read and it's very difficultd to suggest one.

Tim said...

I enjoyed Moby Dick. I read it as part of a series of maritime books (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Life Of Pi). It may even inspire an illustration :)

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Une si magnifique illustration ! Tellement de charme, de douceur... J'aime (j'ose dire "tu" !) ta poésie qui transpire dans chacun de tes dessins.
J'aime beaucoup les oeuvres de Jules Renard, un auteur qui est né dans ma région à Saint-Julien Chapteuil dans la Haute-Loire.
Je suis certaine que tu aimeras.

J'ai fait un petit retour en arrière et j'ai beaucoup aimé ton dessin avec les ours. Avant-hier je suis allée au parc et j'ai pris des photos d'un ours. Je n'ai pas vérifié si tu as un mail sur ton blog ! si oui, je t'en envoie.

Je te fais de gros bisous.
Ps : Bienvenue chez moi, si l'envie te prend !

Amalia K Aradea said...

Such a darling little soldier! It seems he has a lot of important decisions to make. I sure hope he chooses the right ones. :)

Ces Adorio said...

This is another beautiful illustration. You know, looking at your illustrations make me feels like I am inside my favorite store. I have many favorites and the feeling is the same. There is always something delightful and desirable. It's a beautiful feeling. I just came from an antique store. Most of the antiques came from Europe, like giant wine bottles, bigger than magnum. There were many things there that would not attract my attention if I was not paying attention but now and then something attracted my attention and delighted me. Your illustrations are always like that to me. I am a delighted captive. Now for books, have you read Aristotle's "Rhetoric" and "On Poetics"? If not, please do. He describes friendship and enmity. Years after my mother told me about the types of friends I may encounter, I was shocked to read that Aristotle described these contexts. His philosophy is ageless. It is amazing how he describes human behavior that exists today. Also please read "Candide" by Voltaire and Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth".

Ces Adorio said...

Gah! gah!!!!! ...."makes me feel" !!!!!!!! Stupid robot.

Ted Blackman said...

Bella, I've read quite a few classics, but by far the best one I've read is 'The Mutiny On the Bounty' trilogy. I say trilogy because it's in three parts: covering the initial trip to Tahiti and the mutiny, Bligh's incredible trek across the ocean in a small skiff, and then what finally happened to the mutineers on Pitcairn Island. You wont be able to put it down. It's a true account and written in the 1930s, so it's not too stuffy. Sooo good.

theartofpuro said...

Love the illustration:)

Andrea said...

What fun to do this one on the page. I love his little pout!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Okay this illustration has gone to a whole other level! It's beautiful, but also now challenging me to take a look at the classics as well. I will have to do them on audio tho. Girl you know I'm dyslexic right?? LOL!! It would just be so sad me trying to read this in the bathroom on my breaks LOL!! Might get finished with one in about a year! I love the illustration and the collage background. Brilliant work again beautiful lady! Tsup Tsup Tsup!! I am robot. he he he he he!

Tammie Lee said...

love how you did this over a book page
adds a feeling of time, for me
the mountains are lovely in line work

such a joy to take to heart all the details

that would be a hard book for me to get through
it always feels good to complete a book and look at all the paper you have to create on now ;-)

I was in Ca. visiting my grand babies.....two boys. ah.

Andrew Finnie said...

Required field must not be blank ! :) hello Bella , I would suggest I, Claudius , he is an unreliable narrator unsurpassed, which is what we all need! Hope you are well, your work is beautiful, as always . But of course ! I, Claudius , written by one of the world war 1 poets , ,maybe Robert Graves? Hugs from oz !

Stephanie Faris said...

Have you ever read The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James? For some reason, I just LOVED that book when I was younger! Or Great Expectations...the perfect classic.

Shirley said...

Bella!! A HUGELY sincere apology for such a delay in visiting. I am just so grateful for your recent visits at the dusty ol' blog, and I need to write to you, and of course I don't have your email address, could you please send it to me? shirley@shirleyngbenitez.com

As for this illustration, I agree with Ces above, your illustrations have such genuine charm and are packed full of love and emotion in such sweet little details. I love his little face!! Who woulda loved Napoleon's face, well, his mum, right? But your illustrated Napoleon - what a doll! :)

Congratulations on finishing War and Peace! That is a tremendous accomplishment. I cannot say that I've even attempted anything that large! I did read "The Chronicles of Narnia" which was 700+ pages..probably the largest book I've read. I recommend reading it, but I know there are far better classics to recommend. :) Anyway, always so good to see your wonderful work and I hope you've been well!!

Ces Adorio said...

Hello, my dearest beautiful sisterfriend. I just want to say hello to you. I hope you are having a good and blessed day. TSUP!

Ces Adorio said...

Oh look, my comment published even though I did not click on the not-robot-proof box. I am officially a robot.

Shirley said...

Good news over at my blog, Bella! OK, I'm saving a trip...you won the free book giveaway!:) Please email me your address and I'll send it on it's way. Ces, I just emailed ya..let me know if you didn't receive it, as I'm hopeful it's the correct address! Happy October ladies! Tsup!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

HEY there Precious Lady Bug!!! Hope that all is well with you. I have been stalking your page for minute! I know that your girls come first you are up to your neck in high moments and homework! Lol!! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with your sisterfriend! Sending you big hugs and very much love always and forever!! Love you!

Nancy Grönholm said...

aww, how sweet - with the little horse and all! :)))
No book to recomend though - I've been reading mostly non-fiction lately and should maybe brush on the classics myself ;)

Ces Adorio said...

Listen to Harry Nilsson's A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, the entire album. You may find the recording concert session on You Tube. I bought the vinyl long playing album with the flip side Aerial Ballet when I was 22 years old. I kept playing it over and over after my 3-11 shift when I was a nurse in New Jersey. :)

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Juste un petit toc-toc dans ton univers !... J'ai aimé me promener et admirer à nouveau l'ensemble de tes oeuvres.

Gros bisous ☼

Tim said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. As freaky as the little beasties appear, I find them irresistible. Their appearance is well suited for the tiny world they live in. They are apex predators in their realm, yet face the challenge of survival like any animal on the Serengeti. Would I ever want to "honey I shrunk the kids" myself and experience life in their midst? Umm... Nope!

Cindy D. said...

Holy impressive, War and Peace! Amazing and congratulations! And such a charming little artwork!

As for a recommendation, my goodness. I remember being deeply engrossed in Crime and Punishment, but also found it rather stressful and unnerving. Don Quixote was one I was proud to get through, but it was probably two decades ago and most of the details escape me, so I don't even know whether to recommend it! How about some Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude? Absolutely fantastic but also filled with sadness. So hard to choose!