Happy Holidays a little belatedly. After losing friends and relatives in November, our holiday was quiet and just what was needed. My lovely family knows me well, and books of all kinds were some of my favorite gifts.
My son gave me Amazon cards to purchase Ancient Magus Bride volumes. With my severely myopic vision, the books are difficult to read. My Kindle is an amazing tool for seeing this manga. He also managed to sneak a copy of the much-wanted Stealing Wyeth by Bruce E. Mowday. In November, Bruce was another author at the Cecil County Public Library’s Author’s Market. My son and friend snuck the book past my table and kept it for Christmas. I was raised on Wyeth and his techniques by my grandmother. The story of the robbery of several paintings from the Wyeth homestead lives in my memory. This book is an excellently researched and written account of the robbery and pursuit of the criminals.
My husband is extremely supportive of my artistic efforts. Coming from a family of primarily amateur painters and being schooled on classic art most of my life, I consider my artistic efforts paltry. I enjoy it, though; thus, my husband gave me some lovely books. Nature’s Palette is a color reference to the natural world by Princeton University Press. This is an incredible reference volume to savor on many winter nights. Make Ink by Jason Logan is a WOW book! It’s a book about his journey as a foraging ink artist. It’s published by Abrahms and is incredibly designed, formatted, and photographed. It is a fascinating and well-written work. Incredible! Another gift was a compilation of Tales of Peter Rabbit and His Friends. Rob picked this up at my favorite bookstore Liberty Bookshop in Avis, Pennsylvania. He knows Beatrix Potter is a long-time love of mine. The Book of Botanical Tangles by MZ Creates was a wonderful gift. I am learning how to Zentangle. I like incorporating zentangles into my little Garden Dancers. I LOVE this book. Lastly, Cornelia Funke is a favorite author. I placed her book Through the Water Curtain on my Amazon wish list after reading a biographical article on Cornelia. It appeared under the tree, and storyteller and folklore buff that I am, it’s cherished.
This holiday was a lovely, quiet day where I could flit from book to book. I am looking forward to long winter nights where I can snuggle with the dog and cat near the woodstove and read. Thank you to my wonderful family for supporting this bibliomaniac! Happy Holidays everyone!