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Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Lately I have not had much time to doodle as I have been so engrossed in these books.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini whose first book, The Kite Runner, I enjoyed so much. Then I read Burned Alive the true story of a Palestinian woman rejected by her family. Very gripping and eye-opening.
Now I am just finishing Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom set during the Spanish Civil War.
Very enjoyable book on the lines of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

I often go through phases like this when I tend to read several books on a similar theme.

I have found a little bit of time to practice my doodles. I painted one ball and thought it could be very interesting to balls the painting up and hence the result.

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Blogger Mary said...

I love them! So beautiful and peaceful.

11/7/07 2:54 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I've now got " I'd like to be, under the sea, in an Octupus' garden..." running through my head.

I loved Shadows of the Wind. Not tried the others but will add them to the list.

I've read a whole load of non-fiction books so am about ready for something different xxx

11/7/07 3:25 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Only read "Burned alive" so far, but I'll keep those two other books in mind. Guess your inspiration for these peaceful doodles didn't come from that one though...

11/7/07 4:27 PM  
Blogger Dip-Dop-Crabtree said...

Le Cimetière des Livres Oubliés !!
et le reflet de l'eau tout comme un miroir,jolie transition !

12/7/07 12:58 AM  
Blogger kj said...

cream, your paintings are AWESOME! i like them alot alot.

these could be murals in your restaurant.....or you could open another one to fit the theme!

12/7/07 2:02 PM  
Blogger cave renovator said...

Doodles? I have bother drawing a matchstick man. Those are great Cream. Mrs CR is the bookworm in the cave so will mention the books.


12/7/07 4:31 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Mary, you'll have to turn them into mosaics...

Cherrybabes, I thought the rain had subsided! Just finished Winter in Madrid! Really great book!

DC, it was a really harrowing book! Amazing what happens in this world of ours.

DipDop, merci pour votre reflection!

KJ, what a great idea! But not another restaurant, no way!

CR, thanks but no joke, they are doodles done in front of the telly.
The Shadow of the Wind is originally in Spanish.

12/7/07 6:55 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I've been thinking about Kite Runner recently...it's such a good book, delicious, sad, painful...yet in the end, there's a thread of hope.

I must get Khalid Hoseini's other book.

12/7/07 7:52 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

You're in a magical jungle looking out into the (faraway) night...(2nd pic). And the first one is how it could be, just before sunset...

13/7/07 2:57 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

More great digidoodles, Cream. This reminds me that I MUST read The Kite Runner. I know I'd love it.

13/7/07 4:07 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Gigi, both books are really gripping and very informative too.

Bella, I usually start with the top left doodle and then let my mind wander. I love sunsets at sea.

Andrea, I think you would love it. And the second book is very good too.

13/7/07 9:10 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Diane Rehm did two indepth interviews on National Public Radio (USA). The most recent one, about "A Thousand Splendid Suns", can be listened to here. I found the September 2006 interview also very interesting, http://wamu.org/programs/dr/06/09/28.php. Both the interviews last almost an hour and are very illuminating, imo.

The doodles are great, my favorite's the second one from the top, reminiscent of Disney's "The Rescuers" (where's Evenrode, the dragonfly? *g*).

13/7/07 9:23 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Sorry, the second link, re "The Kite Runner", works
when you click here.

13/7/07 9:28 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

I really enjoyed a bit of the interviews.
I remember The Rescuers and especially "Evinrude" the dragonfly. She was named after a make of outboard motors.

13/7/07 5:11 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

oh, cream, those two are wonderful! Makes me want to write a story set inside that landscape...

14/7/07 2:37 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, sounds like echos of the Chocolate Princess! Just realised that!

14/7/07 8:50 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Oh, thank you, I had spelled the name wrong. :-) EVINRUDE, of course, the outboard motor! There were a lot of funny scenes and dialogue, even for adults, in that movie and the quality of the picture's so much better in my opinion than the more recent Disney films. I had the good fortune to see it in a movie theater when it was relaunched as a DVD (thanks to my kids *g*).

Diane Rehm does very good interviews, and I liked the Hosseini one especially for all the background information. Glad you enjoyed some too!

14/7/07 12:49 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

There is nothing finer than to spend the summer reading good books! Your new pieces are beautiful and they have an airbrushed quality, very cool!!!!

14/7/07 4:31 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

I saw The Rescuers in 77 when it came out. I thought exactly the same. It was the best feature-length cartoon I'd ever seen and it still is one of my favourites. Please, feel free to correct me anytime.
I listened to the Hosseini interview in full and enjoyed it very much.

Val, reading comes in waves for me. When I am on holiday I read even more.
Digital airbrush, you're right.

14/7/07 5:58 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

The toads and I have stopped by to say hi!
Those are very much floating colors in your doodle/paintings. I really like the framed feel of the second one.
What's for lunch?

14/7/07 7:15 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Really beautiful, Cream :) I always look forward to your doodles.

14/7/07 8:22 PM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I have been meaning to read that book. The Kiterunner was so devastating for me.

15/7/07 10:39 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

L, glad to see your sunshine after the rain. For Sunday lunch we have a roast chicken with my own sage and onion stuffing and lots of vegetables.

Thanks Christine. I experiment as I doodle.

Maryam, try and listen to the interview he gave.(Link in Merisi's comment above.)
I hear it is very warm in Marrakesh...

15/7/07 11:04 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Very nice to see your colorful work!

13/8/07 8:25 PM  

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