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Jocelia 10 2 1 Australia
12 Jul 2015 4:08AM
Excellent image with the touch of abstract.....WinkWinkWink
cbrundage 8 4 United States
12 Jul 2015 4:44AM
Thanks so much, Jocelia.
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
12 Jul 2015 5:54AM
It was clear from the thumbnail it was yours, Christina.. this is exceedingly well done and one of your very best.. and a good bit of advice for the young generation.. I am a big fan of literature myself.. and every book has something to give.. entertainment and knowledge of the times we live in as well as different places.. I still do come across good books that I have not read.. But the popularity of fiction is declining by the year.. it is becoming more about the non-fiction stuff, positive thinking etc.. It is good too but then it is not art.. and it more about excelling in our own lives.. somehow I never read one such book..
But I have been an avid reader of fiction.. and in fact so many classics and tales of older times.. I likes serious stuff but i also liked very much some of the most wonderful books written about the simple beauties of life - Count of Monte Christo and Far from the Madding Crowd for example.. The last one I read some 7 months ago was 'Remains of the Day' by Kazuo Ishiguro.. At first I wondered it was such a simple book, very ordinary circumstances and about household affairs mostly.. But as I read a bit more I tended to admire the precision of it and the way the author with a quiet passion narrated very ordinary circumstances.. The main character is an old buttler, and soon you get connected to him so well (even though he is the simplest of persons) that everything he is involved in, however much simple, becomes interesting.. His interactions with his various masters, his constant urge to develop a good sense of humor to please his masters and his complete devotion to them was very inspiring and moving.. If you read fiction, and if you have not read it, you must read it.. It is very inspirational for me as a writer, as well as a person.. There are some books that appear before you just at the right time of your life..

Have a good day.. Grin
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
12 Jul 2015 7:15AM
Looks like peekay has written another book for you!

Great imaginative picture - good job, Christina.
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
12 Jul 2015 7:30AM

Quote:Looks like peekay has written another book for you!

Great imaginative picture - good job, Christina.

Grin Grin Grin good one, Peter..
no it is just that I want to talk about these things and I have no one to talk about it.. Grin
a kind of situation in which you have so much to share but you can't find a let out.. it happens only in India..
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
12 Jul 2015 7:37AM
The wise old owl and the encouragement to read rather than depend of computer games and X boxes.
Good message here, Christina, and so cleverly contrived as always.
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2015 10:46AM
An interesting point very well portrayed in this well worked image Christina.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
cbrundage 8 4 United States
12 Jul 2015 12:41PM
Thank you all! Pranav, I hadn't heard of that book - I will check it out on Amazon. I use ebooks sometimes to save money and space but there is nothing like a real, solid book - it is rather sad to see them disappearing. When I was young, my parents had bought a lot of Skira art books of the great artists and we three used to sit on the couch and go over each painting - a wonderful education. They made sure I read the classics in literature too. The only fiction I go back over and over again is Lord of the Rings - I am waiting for the day it is classed as non-fiction!!!
12 Jul 2015 5:28PM
As usual, wonderful work here, friend. Now perhaps the owl is the one out of Winne The Pooh, and is very intelligent, and can spell his name (tentatively) as 'Wol' Wink. Dedinitely a good message here, back to more of the written word, or the young of today will grow up with square eyes!
I'd love to know what the squirrel is reading....maybe Beatrix Potter?
Top image,
Dave Wink
cbrundage 8 4 United States
12 Jul 2015 6:09PM
Thanks so much, Dave! I checked with the squirrel - he was reading "OBD-II & Electronic Engine Management Systems Manual".
Paree 16 616 3
12 Jul 2015 7:24PM

I really love this image
and would like to give my award,
its a clever interesting and very original image

I love the way the squirrel, owl and lady look like crystal,

which matches the background

the little red book (no pun intended )
is a stroke of genius

and I cant stop looking

so very well done

paree GrinGrinGrinGrin
12 Jul 2015 7:40PM

Quote:Thanks so much, Dave! I checked with the squirrel - he was reading "OBD-II & Electronic Engine Management Systems Manual".
Shucks, I thought he probably was, but then I thought was too obvious for him so I thought 'Beatrix Potter' Wink
cbrundage 8 4 United States
12 Jul 2015 7:44PM
Paree, many many thanks for the UA!! I had fun with this. I used some of the same texturing as on the girl on the squirrel and the owl. The owl was pure white originally. I liked doing it almost as a mono picture except for the book.

Dave, I realized it was pretty obvious what he was reading - a big best seller on Amazon!
xwang 12 56 8
13 Jul 2015 9:51AM
Very imaginative and creative image, with fine detail and texture. Great work!
cbrundage 8 4 United States
13 Jul 2015 12:59PM
Just a lot of fun to do, Jasmine - thanks as always!

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