Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mixed Media

A recent painting ~ 11 x 14 inches on canvas.  Those vertical strips really pop off the canvas, don't they?  It's because of the shadowing.

This piece was inspired by an image I printed off the internet several years ago.  No idea who the original artist was.

I mentioned last post that I was thinking of beginning to use the Inter-Library Loan service to get books that aren't in the Humboldt County library system.  I learned yesterday that it is more efficient and costs the library less money to request books through the library's ZipBook program than through Inter-Library Loan. 

With the ZipBook program, you can request that the library basically buy the book for you, as long as you return it to the library so they can catalog it into their system.  You can't order another book until you've returned the first.  How it works is that you fill out a request form, the library buys the book through Amazon Prime, it's shipped to you at home, and after you've read it, you return it to the library where it's put into the system and made available system-wide for others to borrow.  All for a mere $1.00 each book.  Isn't that fantastic?!  Yesterday I ordered The Drowning River, Christobel Kent's first in the Sandro Cellini series.  The librarian in Fortuna said it would take about a week to get the book.  I'll let you know how quickly it really happens.

I've seen these movies/TV programs recently, via Netflix or streaming, that I can recommend ~
  • In a Better World, Danish film via Netflix.
  • Chef, via Netflix.  I'm probably one of the last to see it and I loved it.
  • Game Change, HBO movie via Netflix.  Julianne Moore channeling Sarah Palin.
  • Ira & Abby, quirky film written by Jennifer Westfeldt, via Netflix.
  • Broadchurch, British mystery TV program, via streaming.
  • Happy Valley, Brit mystery TV, streamed
  • Last Tango in Halifax, Brit dramedy TV, streamed
  • Scott & Bailey, Brit mystery TV, streamed
The TV programs above are multi-series (seasons), all episodes available online.  If you're into watching TV online, as I do exclusively, here are three streaming websites.  Everything I watch (including a few American shows broadcast originally on network TV) is available on at least one of the following sites ~
Happy viewing!  xo

13 comments:

Pamela Gerard said...

I loved Chef!!!!

Jan said...

What a fabulous service! I wonder if most libraries do that, and new or used books? So many used books on Amazon are in great shape.

Love the painting....

Jacki Long said...

That's such a great idea, I will check if we have that option? One of my recent jobs was to design a new library card for a local city, I went kinda nuts! Don't know if I will do a safer version?

john said...

Well, you not only shared a absolutely beautiful work but you were tres, tres informative on the library system. I am going to look into that here. Thanks. Great choices in viewing as well. Thanks for that, too. Loved Broadchurch. The American version was OK. Why they felt they had to make it I do not know....even the main detective is the same but with an American accent.

Jeanne Aird said...

Really like the painting. Like the elusive yellow lines at the top and how they relate to the yellow/orange and orange drippy vertical lines at the bottom and the blue stenciled dot textures. Very nice. We watched "Chef" recently as well and really enjoyed it!

Dori Singh said...

We love Last Tango in Halifax!

Living to work - working to live said...

I'm fascinated to know that you even get those British tv shows. Last Tango and Broadchurch are just brilliant.

MARY CATHERINE Howes said...

I so enjoy yr blog, connie, up here in frozen oversnowy Canada. 2 other series you may enjoy are ''the fall'', taut brit detective show w/ Gillian Anderson, and ''the killing''which takes place in Washington state.

Amy Bryce said...

Love the lines--they look like piano keys.

Charlton Stitcher said...

What an wonderful service at your local library! I wonder what happens here in the UK ...
On a slightly different tack, I bought a Kindle last year sometime and have become addicted to the books that are out of copyright and can be downloaded absolutely FREE. I have been rereading many old favourites (Jane Austen, etc) that I would not otherwise have read. OK so they are not in real book form but they are portable - a whole library in a size to fit into a handbag, great for reading on the move - and wonderful when I wake and want to read at dead of night without waking my husband.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Loved, loved Chef. Has to be one of my faves in the longest time. Talk about a feel good movie! Broadchurch is coming back for another season so that might be interesting - did watch the first one after I had read the book it was based on. Scott and Bailey aren't bad either. Nice canvas. Love that streaky yellow/orange at least it looks that color to me. xox

Maggi said...

That sounds like an excellent library service.

I really thought that the strips were 3D until I saw you had mentioned the shadowing.

jenclair said...

I love this one! I, too, thought the strips were 3D.