Paperbacks (Study 6), 19 x 12 cm, oil on board (click on image above to enlarge)
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Last week, ( see my last post, Hypatia’s Handbag ), I showed a painting of handbags, at The Hypatia Trust in Penzance. This painting of four clutch bags, The Party Season , was part of a series of paintings which I made, concerned with fashion objects, and included dresses, shoes, hats and handbags. Taking part in this very interesting exhibition concerned with the Handbag, was very positive for me, as it has re-ignited my interest in the subject of female fashion, and clothing, as visual and symbolic objects.
The Hypatia Trust in Penzance, is a charity set up to celebrate and acknowledge women’s achievements, in particular literary. Finding out a little bit about this organisation is now inspiring me to explore and research how female writers have used fashion imagery in their work. Any reading ideas would be much appreciated!
Of course, to return to my choice of painting today, literature and women, writing it, and reading it, is another massive theme. A collection of shoes may look good, but what about a shelf of books?
Paperbacks (study 6), above, is for sale at £120, unframed, please enquire