Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Today's guest blogger is Mrs. Lamond, artist and bookworm!

Artist Paul Strisik lived in Rockport!

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
As a little kid I read so many books. I remember actually sounding letters out and being so excited to figure out the words. Of course I remember the books more because of the illustrations. I remember as I got older it became harder for me to retain what I was reading and got some extra help. The Little House on the Prairie, the Judy Blume series, along with  the Nancy Drew collection were among my favorites.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
Now if I have time to read for entertainment, which is rare, I grab a book from a friend that I know will be good and sneak off to anywhere I can be alone to read it, usually the bathtub. As an adult I learned to love reading. I enjoyed the Bourne Identity series by Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy's books including Hunt for Red OctoberAll the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was a more recent story that I loved. The imagery it created in my mind and the story of two young people connecting in such a miraculous way during the German occupation of France was incredible. As an adult I read the Harry Potter series and was enchanted by all the magic and continuous action. I read 39 Clues  with my kids and enjoyed that series as well. It was so much fun for kids! The other books which I absolutely love are the Dinotopia books by James Gurney. The images of a society with dinosaurs and humans interacting is not only fun but the pictures are so beautiful and detailed.

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
Currently I am reading a book Capturing Light in Oils by local artist Paul Strisik. I love that it is making me think how to approach a painting in a different way.  It is  freeing me to allow myself to use different color and light to interpret a scene, and not  worry about making it look like a photograph. It gives a painting more emotion.

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
If I were to have a literary dinner party? I guess I'd have to invite J.K. Rowling, Janel Cannon (Stellaluna and Verdi) and Timothy B. Ering (Necks Out for Adventure and Hamilton Squidlegger) . I'd LOVE to be inspired by their imaginations to create and illustrate a childrens book myself that is magical, a little factual and have really fun pictures like I've never drawn before! Also we would have lots of chocolate!

Many thanks to Mrs. Lamond for this creative and thoughtful post. RES has many Timothy B. Ering fans! To hear a video shout out from Tim to RES and learn more about his books, check out the previous blog post Timothy B. Ering visits RES.

1 comment:

  1. I love to hear that books can also be used informationally! We often overlook that! Hope your painting has been inspired!