Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keeping Cool and Hammock Giggles

Hot summer weather mean lots of water and lazy naps and cool drinks. I've been hiding out in the basement working in my studio and watching British decorating shows on TV. The grand girls favourite game is swinging in the hammock. Lots of giggling goes on!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The National Museum of Women in the Arts

A few of the names in the following list are well know but I hadn't heard of many of these amazing artists.

Clara Peters, Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Anguissola, Elisabetta Sirani, Maria Sibylla Merian, Marianne Loir, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Angelica Kauffman, Suzanne Valadon, Camille Claudel, Mary Cassatt, Lilla Cabot Perry, Georgia O'Keefe,  Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan, Alice Neel, Audrey Flack, Lorrie Goulet, Alice Bailley, Frido Kahlo.

This is a long video (25 plus minutes) but you can skip the ads at the beginning and end. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think. Are women equally exhibited in public art galleries in your city as men?

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Out of Habit" Summer Reading

During my research I came across this sentence, "The name Follenfant" translates to "crazy child."
The narrator of the book, who's name was Follenfant, was introducing the reader to herself and her parents.

Imagine naming your child Follenfant knowing the meaning. It made me pause. That poor child, a girl by the way, was teased throughout her childhood and into her teens. Finally as an adult she changed her name. She ended up in an institution for the mentally ill.

The numbers of women who ended up in institutions is horrendous. Many of them were suffering from abuse, loneliness, depression. It is shocking how many women were institutionalized because they behaved rudely to their husbands or didn't seem "normal" to the physicians of the day. 

Not all of my research breaks my heart. Some is in fact heart warming. The tales of women who have lived full, happy, educated and artistic lives as Sister or Nuns. Women who loved working with their hands and brains. Women who have inspired me in more ways than I can count. 

I'm in the middle of reading Fifty Shades of FEMINISM, also for "Out of Habit" research. It's a wonderful collection of fifty women's thoughts and experiences of being a woman in today's world.  

Not all my reading has been for research. One of my favourite writers is Chevy Stevens. Her newest book That Night is a thrilling, fast paced, novel that I couldn't put down. It gripped me, brought me to tears and back again.

I hope you're getting some time for summer or winter reading. Have you read any books that might help me with my research? Or something just for the thrill of it? Let me know. Thanks.