Read, then Paint

I consider myself very lucky when I am reading a book that I wish would never end. This is such a book:  “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. The illustrations throughout are wonderful. I hope you find a chance to read it, as well.

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I just had to paint this snail! I wanted my painting to show his curiosity, so I found another reference image on Google Images of a snail with its head up.   To anchor him to the page, I imagined him enjoying a pink puddle of water. This one is very small, about 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (including the puddle).   I enjoy working larger now, but there’s a part of me that really enjoys miniatures, still!  (Colors used:  rose madder, indigo, burnt sienna, naples yellow, bit of cad red light)

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Here is a link to the book on Goodreads, where you can find more information about it, if you’re interested. It is a true story about a young woman in her mid-30s who became chronically ill, and was bedridden (and could hardly move) for some time.   While walking in the woods, her friend found a snail and some violets, planted them in a pot and brought the whole bundle to her friend’s bedside.   This is their story.   I have to say, it was a real pleasure to try and re-create this author’s companion and friend.

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I’ve not finished the book, but I never thought I would be so curious about snails, and to even be inspired to paint one. I may be painting more of these in abstract colors. They are so fascinating. God’s creation is amazing.  I could spend a lifetime studying it, and it would be bliss.   Happy Saturday, and I hope you dance today. And that you leave a trail of smiles wherever you go! 😀

43 thoughts on “Read, then Paint

    1. Thanks, Jodi! It might be, yes. It’s pretty short. I’m not sure it qualifies as a beach read, but for someone like you, it might! I do think you would enjoy it. Have a wonderful time! 💜💜💜 Never thought in a million years I’d be interested in painting a snail. 😊

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      1. I put it on my wish list, but I do have so many books already I have not read. 🙂 And it is GFC (Girlfriend Camp) at the beach, so who knows how much actual reading time I will get LOL!

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        1. No doubt, you Wild Child! I may may be as much of an introvert as you are an extrovert, but I get the biggest kick out of all of your adventures. The world is a big quilt, and it takes every color and texture to make it all work. 💜 Keep shining your light, wild woman!

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  1. Thanks for the book review as well as the art; when I went to the link I found that one of my favorite “friend” reviewers had a similar reaction to yours, so I’ll have to add it to my (also neverending) book list too.
    I love the way you rendered the shell, and as usual good color choice.

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    1. Thanks! It was fun. I think the shell needs more darks. Not sure if it’s worth putting more time into at this point, but I think I’d like to do more snails. Shells are so fascinating! I like the pink puddle best, I think. It’s fun to play with color.

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    1. LOL! The last one I tried bombed. I’ve been drawing them at night. But mostly, I draw hands and feet (or Hub’s) in my art journal. I’m hoping for a seascape today. I may throw a shell in! We’ll see what happens! By the time I sit down to paint, I may wanna do something totally different. And then the Watercolor Gods may or may not visit. hehe. The book is really good. I should wait until I’m finished, but enough people I trust have said it was good, that I felt like spreading the word.

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                1. Thank you. 💛💛💛💛 I ran out of time but I had time for a very small one, will post tomorrow. I’m pleased with it! Painting every day has been really good for me. I’ll be excited to see what you think of it!! Thanks for your encouragement, Jill, it means a lot. (((((J)))))

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  2. Awww, this is so cute!!! I really like snails. I used to watch them sometimes in our garden in Hungary and found out that they are not that slow at all. 😊 Heard of the book, glad you reminded me of it. But back to your picture: I really like your use of colors here, it´s really beautiful!!!

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          1. Absolutely, the learning curve moves right up the ladder. Usually do the blog and pmp site for 1 hour daily, then 1 hour of reading an art book or watching an art video, and then anywhere from 1/2 hour to 3 hours (sometimes 4) of painting and/or drawing. Now that my husband has retired we are trying to find a happy medium of fitting in my art schedule.

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              1. Thanks Laura, I started drawing February of 2011 and painting in June of 2011 – and haven’t looked back. Love it to the point that it consumes me at times, without regard to time or environment.

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                1. Wow! I understand you completely! I started last August. I’m a bit obsessed. It’s completely fascinating, challenging, and rewarding. I’m totally hooked. Boy, you’re an inspiration if you only started a few years ago. Your work, to me, looks very practiced.

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