Saturday, October 10, 2009


I can't believe it's Saturday; the week just flew by. I haven't had time to post regularly, I'm afraid, and this is just going to be a short post to say hello and goodbye again -I am in Germany for a big party for my mom's birthday.
I arrived here yesterday, and as I had barely got any sleep (travelling at night), I spent most of the day in bed.
I love getting a new book to read on the plane/bus/train -it makes travelling so much more enjoyable. For this trip, I got Francesca Kay's An Equal Stillness. I had read several reviews praising it, and so far it doesn't disappoint.

Kay, Francesca: An Equal Stillness, Phoenix, London 2009

I devour books about art; and this mock biography of a fictional woman painter beautifully imagines her paintings and her way of looking at the world:

"...So in place of words she turned to paint. In Cornwall, that sense she had always had of a mysterious, pre-verbal power returned [...] Ultramarine blue deep, Byzantine blue, cobalt cerulean. Jennet Mallow might not have had the colours or the skills then, but she knew she could acquire them. Christening the sea and sky with their precise richnesses of colour - turquoise, azure, sapphire - was like learning a new language, one she found she loved [...] She had not dared to think of art as a way of living. But now, here, suddenly, it struck her as the only way; the only way that she could say out loud what she knew was worth the saying" (pp.20f.)

I'll be back Tuesday; have a great weekend!


  1. Hope you enjoy your trip. Where in Germany does your family live? We were in Bamberg for two years, but we were blessed with traveling a bit too.

    Might have to check your book out as I love reading and art myself.

    blessings and hugs,


  2. I've just finished reading Rainer Maria Rilke's "Briefe an einen jungen Dichter", bilingual version German-Spanish.
    I strongly recommend you to read it!!!! Life, love, art!! Everything you've always wanted to know about!

    I'm very glad to see that you're home. This can add to the nice last weeks you've been through.

    Have you read the e-mail I wrote you about your last posts?

  3. Llevo horas leyendo tu blog y lo mas impresionante de todo es tu pintura, me gusta mucho, vengo del Blog FETE y posteriormente fui al blog de Narciso y al de Borja.
    Felicidades a tu madre con un poco de retraso.

    Te invito a mi blog cuando quieras, tomamos un cafecito y unas pastas de chocolate. Aqui te dejo mi direccion:

    Un abrazo.

  4. Marcy -thanks for your comment! I had a wonderful time at home. My family live in a small town in the South West, the north of Baden-W├╝rttemberg. I visited Bamberg during the summer -it's lovely.
    Great to see you are painting. Look forward to seeing more!

    Dan - thanks for that; I love Rilke! Must get that book. Thanks also for your e-mail; I will reply to it at the weekend!

    Homo Iberus - muchas gracias, y bienvenido! Me alegro mucho que te gusta mi pintura. Y gracias por las felicidades a mi madre. Te he dejado un comentario en tu blog!

    Marina xox