“Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I wanted to explore the creative process, to get a glimpse into how an art “Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I wanted to explore the creative process, to get a glimpse into how an artist thinks, feels, plans and executes.
Georgia O’Keeffe transformed the way we understand the artistic endeavours of women. Her work was dramatic, full of colour and challenged the status quo. Recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism,” she was only twelve when she knew she would be an artist. And it seemed the universe complied with her wishes, orchestrating the experiences, the mentors and connections that pushed her vision forward. Known for her flower canvases and south-western landscapes, she became one of America’s most significant and successful artists.
Born in a Wisconsin farmhouse is 1887, she was a contemporary of Helen Keller (1880-1968), poet Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), writer Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) and women’s activists Alice Paul (1885-1997) and Jeannette Rankin, (1880-1973).This was a time of opportunity for women, simply because they demanded a voice. Her journey from a small rural community to New York City to New Mexico is filled with a mixture of laughter, excitement, poignancy and acceptance.
“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary–you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” Georgia O’Keeffe https://ontheroadbookclub.com/ ...more
There is a lot that has been said about William Shakespeare. Everyone has an opinion on who he was, who he was not, what he wrote etc. The debate goesThere is a lot that has been said about William Shakespeare. Everyone has an opinion on who he was, who he was not, what he wrote etc. The debate goes on, even after 400 years of his passing in 1616. Therein lies the true brilliance of literature – the compelling force to continue the conversation.
Goodreads is celebrating Shakespeare Week (August 18 – 23, 2016), which includes quizzes, book lists and an invitation to write a “deleted scene” from one of the Bard’s plays. Shakespeare would be pleased, no doubt.
I first met Shakespeare when I read Macbeth and confess that I had a partiality to the unfortunate Lady Macbeth.
“But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail.” William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Then came The Taming of the Shrew (wasn’t Elizabeth Taylor magnificent):
“Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.” William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
Followed thereafter by Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Twelve Night, King Lear, Julius Caesar, and Henry V:
“We few. We happy few. We band of brothers, for he today That sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother.” William Shakespeare, Henry V
Peter Ackroyd’s, Shakespeare, the Biography brought it all together for me. This is not an easy read, by any stretch of the imagination, but after all, he is writing about William Shakespeare. My husband, my son and I listened to the audio-book version while driving in the car, which allowed us to integrate knowledge incrementally. We were taken back to the sixteen century and imagined that we were part of the audience. Even more exciting, we followed William from his childhood to his final night, when he met with friends for the last celebration before the curtain closed on a life well-lived.
This last quote is one that I embrace as I move forward in my timeline…
Résistance is a woman’s journal that was written in a very dangerous and terrible time. Yet during the darkest of the darkest moments and in the mostRésistance is a woman’s journal that was written in a very dangerous and terrible time. Yet during the darkest of the darkest moments and in the most desperate of circumstances, Agnès Humbert embodies courage, strength and purpose.
Résistance was founded by intellectuals who had no knowledge of espionage, intelligence gathering or secret codes. Their strength was drawn from moral anger and used brilliantly in their fight against tyranny and injustice. Agnès Humbert, a 46-year-old art historian and ethnographer, was an improbable candidate for the task that lay ahead. Divorced, with two adult sons, she worked at The Musée de l’Homme, one of Paris’s most prestigious museums. Co-conspirators included the unlikely Jean Cassou, distinguished cultural and political figure of prewar France, Boris Vildé, an authority in the Polar Regions, and Anatole Lewitsky, a specialist on Siberian shamanism. Not the usual people selected for an underground movement.
Résistance is not an easy read because it gives graphic details of what actually happened in the work camps and prisons during World War II. It is intense and candid. While there are betrayals and deaths, it is primarily a story of redemption and about the friendships cemented by a common cause. As the story unfolds, I was captivated by the humour and the laughter; at the same time, I was awestruck by how many risks were taken to distribute their newspaper, Résistance.
Would I be as courageous? Would I see the danger? Would I resist evil? If you read Résistance – and I strongly suggest you do – these are the hard-hitting questions you will ask yourself when you meet Agnès Humbert.
Erik Larson brings history to life and solidifies my belief that non-fiction is more compelling than fiction. I understand that Tom Hanks is consideriErik Larson brings history to life and solidifies my belief that non-fiction is more compelling than fiction. I understand that Tom Hanks is considering a movie....more
On The Road finished "Three Cups of Tea" today, February 19, 2011. We need to know the rest of the story so we are starting "Stones into Schools" FebrOn The Road finished "Three Cups of Tea" today, February 19, 2011. We need to know the rest of the story so we are starting "Stones into Schools" February 20, 2011.
Update: February 26, 2012 completed "Stones Into Schools" and am following the continuing story that is currently in the news....more