Tuesday, May 03, 2022

The Pleasures of Reading Outside

"Girl Reading" by Yli Haruni

This painting tells me the story of a young woman finding the perfect spot for some time to herself. She may live in the city-- see the skyscrapers in the distance?-- but she has a quiet spot outside. She's dressed for comfort, and while she reads, she can feel the breeze, enjoy the roses growing along the wall, and hear the birds singing.

There's only one slight problem. Does the artist have a problem painting feet, or are her feet as big as mine? You know. Inquiring minds and all that...

12 comments:

  1. Oh, that is a funny comment about the feet, Cathy! Still, it's a beautiful picture, and there is something about reading outside, in a nicely shaded area. With a cool drink....

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  2. Big feet, strong foundation! And it is a wonderful picture.

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    1. Made even bigger and stronger from having a job that meant I was standing on them for hours and hours each day.

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  3. Painting feet or hands has to be hard; I know I could never do it. But I do really love this painting. :)

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  4. Maybe the feet are true to the model's proportions? Or it could be deliberate: I just learned recently that Rodin often gave his sculptures large hands and feet on purpose.

    Regardless, definitely Yes to reading outside!

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  5. That is a lovely painting. It makes one want to read and relax. Perhaps the young woman in the painting is tall; the long feet would go with her height. But sometimes even small people have long feet. My mother was barely 5' tall, but she had long, narrow feet.

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    1. 5'10" here with what my mother and grandfather used to call "sled runners" for feet,

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    2. Oh, gosh, really, sled runners? How funny. My mother's feet had no names, but a 5'1" (tallest moments) woman with a 9 1/2 show for her narrow feet. Her feet were long and narrow like her hands, perfect for the pianist she was.

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    3. Unfortunately, I don't have long, narrow hands to match my sled runners.

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