Reading for the Day: “The Wild Swans,” Re-told by Amy Ehrlich

Hope to turn this into a modern AU.

In the meantime:

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Susan Jeffers Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans”

These children were happy from the time they woke in the morning until they went to their beds at night. They never imagined another life.

Alas! Their mother, the Queen, dies. The King re-marries. During the wedding party, the new Queen

“gave them no cakes or baked apples to eat; all they were allowed was a bit of sand in a teacup.”

The evil stepmother sends Elise to the country to be raised by a farmer and turns her 11 brothers into wild swans. The swans fly to the farm and cry out mournfully to their sister but by the time she comes outside, they are gone. She stands there

“alone, playing with a green leaf, the one toy she had.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Harmony 2: Peace Out, People

The Daily Post Photo Challenge for the week is HARMONY.

My take: “A blissful state of contentment. Only achieved when mind/body/emotions are in a state of peaceful awareness.”

First Photo: Venice, November 2015

Second and Third Photos: Tuscany, November 2015

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Self and Irene, Café Florian, San Marco Square, Venice: November, 2015

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View From a Vineyard in Tuscany, November 2015

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More of Tuscany: November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Harmony: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge, Week 10

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is HARMONY: “the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” So here are three attempts to illustrate the quality: the first two are examples of harmonies of color. The last is an example of harmony of shape.

First, an illustration from a child’s picture book: Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans,” illustrated by Susan Jeffers. The subject is Elise, lying in the forest. Her gown is green, and other shades of green are all around her:

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A Susan Jeffers Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans”

Next, a handmade book by an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art Center, Mary-Ellen Campbell. Self loves the delicate (tonal) harmonies and shadings:

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One of Mary-Ellen Campbell’s Handmade Books. She is having her own solo exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center, April 1 – 30, 2016.

Finally, from a quickie trip to Italy that self and her niece Irene took last November, the immortal La Serenisima, Venice:

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San Marco Square, Venice, November 2015: The curves are repeated in the windows the lampposts, the round tables, the aluminum chairs, and the bowl of ice cream in the foreground.

 

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