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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Towers of Tuscany- book suggestion
In this world of Computers, it sometimes can get very frustrating. So stepping away and reading a book sometimes brings us down to earth or takes us away from earth. This book might have been a freebee or not expensive on Kindle.
It is about a female artist in Italy, in the a time when women painters were not accepted. A woman was told by the husband what to do and just run the household. Along with the who to marry and have lots of sons. Thankfully, those traditions are not today in our country.
It also reminded me of the poisons in so many of the paints, and it tells how they were mixed and how they had assistants that just ground the paints. It is well written, although I was hoping for a happy ending and instead got a surprise ending. I am not one to read the end first and so enjoy the build up.
All through this book I kept feeling so very blessed that we live in the U.S.A., that we are free to paint and do just what we want, to enjoy seeing a variety of styles, to know that the paints we work with are tested for safety.
Reading this book also made me think that there are women in other countries that still have issues with signing a female name to art work and others that live under male domination. Just a little food for thought and lots of gratitude.
Off to the studio.
I am a mixed media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds,and jewelry. I am easily distracted with the next project, and have many going at one time. I have been teaching Fabric Dyeing and Beginning gourd art for many years. I am blessed with my own home studio. We live in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park, in central Calif. U.S.A. This is a place of Inspiration, Blue Skies and Great Friends. I volunteer with several organizations,and have memberships in P.E.O., Coarsegold Historical So., Sierra Art Trails, Madera Circle Gallery, Yosemite Western Artist, Timberline Gallery and Sierra Mountain Quilters. I teach at my home studio and at local quilt gatherings.
My web site is: www.vivianhelena.com,