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WINTER CHALLENGE 2015 > 25.13 - M1nks's task: Art Can Set You Free

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message 1: by Kristina Simon (last edited Dec 06, 2015 03:39PM) (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10973 comments Mod
25.13 - M1nks's task: Art Can Set You Free

The Impressionists era is my personal favourite and I have many examples around my flat ranging from prints to fridge magnets, but let us not forget the other arts. However we choose to express ourselves, art can be a way to show a little of our inner natures and, whether it be through writing, singing or the icing of a child's birthday cake, here's to the inner artist which lies in us all.

This is a TWO book task. However, due to your wild bohemian nature you can choose to repeat an option if you wish.

Required: State which option(s) you chose when you post.

Option 1. Sculptures can make the most beautiful artwork. For this task select a book which has some statuary on the cover. I will also accept things like gargoyles, face busts, ornately carved fountains and the like, so long as the carving is clear. However I won't accept such commercial rubbish as shop manikins, decorated lamps or little home decorations - those are not grand enough to be worthy of a true artiste!
Required: Post the cover/s when you post.

Option 2. Poets consider their work the highest peak of artistic achievement. Read a book (or books if you need to combine for page length) of poetry.

Option 3. Artistic expression can be found in many humble occupations, you can unlock your creative side through sewing, cooking, acting, dance, music, gardening, landscaping, even carpentry and metalwork. For this task read a book, fiction or non fiction, which you think celebrates any form of human artistry.
Required: State what activity your book celebrates when you post.

Option 4. Impressionist Art is about freeing yourself from the tentacles of a conventional world trying to hold you back. Read a book, either fiction or non fiction, which expresses the struggle for the freedom of the individual from an oppressive society.
Required: Explain how your book fits when you post.

As this is a celebration of all of the various artistic mediums, books with the genre Sequential Art (Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga) are acceptable for this task so long as they comply with standard SRC challenge rules.


message 4: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10973 comments Mod
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message 5: by Jayme (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 3000 comments Would you accept Ellen Hopkins books? She writes in poetry form.


message 6: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7688 comments for option 1 - would something like a faberge egg count?


message 8: by Tien (last edited Dec 06, 2015 04:45PM) (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 1546 comments For option 3, The Copper Sign ~swordsmith? Or will this fit option 4 too (girl in a man's world)?

Or would a cozy mystery with cooking fit the bill (option 3)?
I'm thinking of this series: Singaporean Mystery


message 9: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (perletwo) | 1627 comments Checking my choices just to be sure.

For Option 1: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13) by Charles Todd A Lonely Death

I have a couple of possibles for Option 3:

The Postman Always Purls Twice
Tough Cookie

In both entries to their respective series, the homespun art forms (knitting, cooking) are being featured in broadcast media (film, TV), which I would call celebrating the art forms...


message 10: by Kathy G. (new)

Kathy G. | 2073 comments Will this work for option 3?

Creative Journal Writing The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick

Thanks


message 11: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments would dystopian type books work for the last option. They are about opressed societies and the rebellions or individuals who are trying to escape it.


message 12: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments will this work for sculpture. The entire title is a sculpture kind of metal art kind of thing. This Broken Wondrous World (Man Made Boy, #2) by Jon Skovron


message 13: by Kim (new)

Kim | 664 comments Does this fit the requirements for option 3?

Clara and Mr. Tiffany -- stained glass design


message 14: by Donna (new)

Donna | 1173 comments for option 1, how about The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri ?


message 15: by Nicola (last edited Dec 07, 2015 05:56AM) (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Jayme(the ghost reader) wrote: "Would you accept Ellen Hopkins books? She writes in poetry form."

You'd have to post the book for me to check. Some books have poetry listed as a genre and they aren't actually, but if they are poetry then that should be clear.


message 16: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Dee wrote: "for option 1 - would something like a faberge egg count?"

No sorry Dee. Faberge Eggs are indeed gorgeous works of art but they are too small for me to accept. They are lovely decorations.


message 17: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Boston Kate wrote: "Wondering about The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan for Option 4."

That looks perfect.


message 18: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 16182 comments Mod
Would this work for option 1? Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King ? Intricate carving on the building and heavily decorated with statues and busts.


message 19: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4081 comments For option 1: Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13) by Linda Fairstein ?


message 20: by Nicola (last edited Dec 07, 2015 05:42AM) (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Tien wrote: "For option 3, The Copper Sign ~swordsmith? Or will this fit option 4 too (girl in a man's world)?

Or would a cozy mystery with cooking fit the bill (option 3)?
I'm thinking of this..."


Your first book looks more an adventure story with the swordmaking and the girl disguised as a boy being some dramatic background colour. I can't say for sure as I haven't read it, but to give you an idea to qualify as 'celebrating swordmaking' a good amount of the book should be focused on the making of swords, either designing them, talking about them or physically making them. For option #4 to qualify the girl must do more than just disguise herself for a bit of dramatic adventure. The main purpose of the book should be the fact that she is denied the ability to craft swords because she is a woman and the focus of the story is her struggle to prove herself or somehow circumvent this restriction. The book blurb sounds like it's more about political intrigue and adventure, but, if once you've read it you think it qualifies then you're welcome to say why.

For your second book again it's going to be left up to you to decide. The books should be heavily focused on cooking if they are to qualify which is difficult to tell from a book blurb. Some examples of fiction books which really celebrate cooking are Like Water for Chocolate or Chocolat.


message 21: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Suzanne wrote: "Checking my choices just to be sure.

For Option 1: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13) by Charles Todd A Lonely Death

I have a couple of possibles for Option 3:

[book:The Postman Always Purls Twi..."


Your first book is fine.

For the other two are they actually strongly focused on knitting and cooking or are they just background colour to the mystery?


message 22: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Kathy G. wrote: "Will this work for option 3?

Creative Journal Writing The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick

Thanks"


Yes, that will be fine.


message 23: by Nicola (last edited Dec 07, 2015 05:47AM) (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments JennRenee wrote: "would dystopian type books work for the last option. They are about opressed societies and the rebellions or individuals who are trying to escape it."

It depends on the book, many probably would.


message 24: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments JennRenee wrote: "will this work for sculpture. The entire title is a sculpture kind of metal art kind of thing.This Broken Wondrous World (Man Made Boy, #2) by Jon Skovron"

No sorry.


message 25: by Nicola (last edited Dec 07, 2015 05:47AM) (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Kim wrote: "Does this fit the requirements for option 3?

Clara and Mr. Tiffany -- stained glass design"


Yes, that certainly seems like stained glass design is a major part of the story and a real celebration of this artistic form.


message 26: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Donna wrote: "for option 1, how about The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri?"

Yes, that will do.


message 27: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7688 comments can i ask about:

Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto - the stone gargloye-ish on the roof


message 28: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Sandy wrote: "Would this work for option 1? Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King? Intricate carving on the building and heavily decorated with statues and busts."

It probably would if it was clearer. I tried blowing the picture up but I lost all of the detail. If you have an enlargement showing the carving I'll take a look.


message 29: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Bea wrote: "For option 1: Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13) by Linda Fairstein?"

Fine :-)


message 30: by Sandy (last edited Dec 07, 2015 05:53AM) (new)

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Nicola wrote: "Sandy wrote: "Would this work for option 1? Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King? Intricate carving on the building and heavily decorated with st..."

never mind - I think it should work for option 3, since architecture is surely a creative undertaking.


message 31: by Kathy G. (new)

Kathy G. | 2073 comments Nicola wrote: "Kathy G. wrote: "Will this work for option 3?

Creative Journal Writing The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick

Thanks"

Yes, that will be fine."


Thank you!


message 32: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4081 comments Nicola wrote: "Bea wrote: "For option 1: Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13) by Linda Fairstein?"

Fine :-)"


Thanks, Nicola.

BTW, did you miss post #5? I did not see your answer.


message 33: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Sandy wrote: "Nicola wrote: "Sandy wrote: "Would this work for option 1? Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King? Intricate carving on the building and heavily de..."

Yes, it will definitely work there.


message 34: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Bea wrote: "Nicola wrote: "Bea wrote: "For option 1: Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13) by Linda Fairstein?"

Fine :-)"

Thanks, Nicola.

BTW, did you miss post #5? I did not see your answer."


#5 was answered in #15


message 35: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4081 comments Nicola wrote: "Bea wrote: "Nicola wrote: "Bea wrote: "For option 1: Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper, #13) by Linda Fairstein?"

Fine :-)"

Thanks, Nicola.

BTW, did you miss post #5? I did not see your answer."

#5 was answered in #15"


Thanks, I did miss that.


message 36: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (perletwo) | 1627 comments Nicola wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "Checking my choices just to be sure.

For Option 1: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13) by Charles Todd A Lonely Death

I have a couple of possibles for Option 3:

[book:The Postman ..."


I haven't read either of these two specific books, but based on others I've read in the series, the crafts are an integral part of the books: the Seaside Knitters series focuses on the owner and customers/knitting group of a yarn shop, and Goldie Baer in the other series is a chef/caterer - she does enough cooking in each book to feature a clutch of recipes in the back.


message 37: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Dee wrote: "can i ask about:

Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto - the stone gargloye-ish on the roof"


I love me some gargoyles. All approved.


message 38: by Nicola (last edited Dec 07, 2015 06:17AM) (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Suzanne wrote: "Nicola wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "Checking my choices just to be sure.

For Option 1: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13) by Charles Todd A Lonely Death

I have a couple of possibles for Option 3:

[bo..."


The final decision will be left up to you in cases like these. If, once you read them you think that the art or craft is prominent enough to qualify as 'a celebration' then you can post it. So long as you are satisfied that it fits the meaning of the task option.


message 39: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4081 comments OK...I think I will wimp out and use the same option twice. Option 1 - The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker


message 40: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Bea wrote: "OK...I think I will wimp out and use the same option twice. Option 1 - The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker"

No wimping, you're specialising in your craft!

Approved.


message 41: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (perletwo) | 1627 comments Nicola wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "Nicola wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "Checking my choices just to be sure.

For Option 1: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13) by Charles Todd A Lonely Death

I have a couple of possibles for..."


thank you. I think I'll play it safe and go with Tough Cookie.


message 42: by Fandury (new)

Fandury | 975 comments Will these two work for option 4?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The protagonists wants to topple an empire and free her people from within.


Saga, Volume 5

The two main characters and their child flee from their people, as they are from two different races and their cultures do not accept their love and want to hunt them down.


message 43: by Maya (new)

Maya (ferafaces) | 357 comments Will these work for option 4?

A Confusion of Princes

The description on the book states that the protagonist finds out secrets about the Empire and wishes to topple it.

Night

I'm assuming this one will probably work since it's about Elie Weitzel and his life in the Holocaust, but I'm just double checking.


message 44: by Mrs.soule (new)

Mrs.soule (mrssoule) Will you accept Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened for either Option 3 or 4? For option 3, I think you could argue for doodling as a form of self-expression. For Option 4, it might fit since it's about the author's struggles with mental illness and being very different from the norm.


message 45: by Heather(Gibby) (new)

Heather(Gibby) (heather-gibby) | 905 comments For option 1
I have already read it, but I recommend The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Tehre are few cover variations that show the staute of an angel.


message 46: by Amy (new)

Amy | 1268 comments I was thinking of

Glass for Option 2

and

The Color Purple for Option 4

Will those work? Thanks!


message 48: by Maya (new)

Maya (ferafaces) | 357 comments Will this work for option 1?



The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


message 49: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Fandury wrote: "Will these two work for option 4?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The protagonists wants to topple an empire and free her people from within.


Saga, Volume 5

The two ..."


Fandury wrote: "Will these two work for option 4?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The protagonists wants to topple an empire and free her people from within.


Saga, Volume 5

The two ..."


Your first book is fine but looking at the blurb for the second it doesn't give enough information to show that this is actually the prominent part of the story, their fight to be together because of societies disapproval.


message 50: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 1415 comments Maya wrote: "Will these work for option 4?

A Confusion of Princes

The description on the book states that the protagonist finds out secrets about the Empire and wishes to topple it.

Ni..."</i>

I read the book blurb for [book:A Confusion of Princes
and I see nothing there which indicates an individuals struggle against an oppressive empire.

For the second, this would only work if the prisoners in question are fighting the Nazi regime. This doesn't have to be by force, but simple survival is not enough.



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