Quiet days on your own, or with close family. If you’re like me you’ve turned to books you’ve loved in the past.
Sit quietly in a garden in a sheltered spot.
After breakfast, or in the late afternoon.
On a veranda, overlooking a pleasant landscape. (If you can manage it.)
Or in a dimly lit room, with little chance of interruptions.
sometimes with a convivial companion.
Sometimes you can concentrate, while waiting to go out perhaps.
Or spending an evening inside.
Or after an evening out it’s sometimes good to pause.
Reading is a good prelude to sleep.
On other occasions, sleep will take you unawares.
Sometimes before you can even swing your legs up.
Or when the reading matter at hand is just too heavy.
On those occasions you can just zone out.
Or get comfortable.
And just drift off. And maybe a dream is waiting for you.
I’ve had a few afternoon and early morning naps recently, some with dreams which were more vivid than usual. On one occasion I took a walk with my late mother along an unfamiliar canal in a northern city. She was younger than me but it was good to see her again.
I normally do this kind of post at Christmas (here and here) but it seems appropriate for the lockdown as well. If you are the rights holder for a particular image and its inclusion causes concern, let me know. If you want to know the identity of an image, I may know. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the atmosphere, inspired by a calendar series my wife gets me for Christmas, Women Reading (or women of Reading as I call it.)
There may well be another set of lockdown photos next week. Or something else entirely. Who knows?
June 3rd, 2020 at 3:50 pm
thank you for your continued efforts, I adore the essays and imagery. I love this one, and equally the various images on Kings Road in the 80’s 90’s. I wondered if there was anything on Portabello in the 70’s 80’s, and Kensington church walk, both roads I lived on 🙂
kind regards Ashley
June 3rd, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Thank you for this. I loved looking at the different images, they all felt so peaceful in different ways. Please do you happen to know the name of the painting you have captioned “Sometimes you can concentrate, while waiting to go out perhaps”?
June 4th, 2020 at 12:04 am
Thankfully I do know that one. Frederick Carl Frieseke – Girl reading
June 4th, 2020 at 9:22 am
Thanks so much, Dave. I felt such a spark when I saw it, I had to ask! Best wishes, Lucy
June 3rd, 2020 at 5:56 pm
What absolutely beautiful and evocative images!
Thank you xXx
June 3rd, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Thank you so much Dave. These pictures would have been taken with a mobile phone these days, but they would not be anything like as memorable. Being painted by hand, by a dedicated artist, just gives them so much more beauty, and atmosphere. Thanks again.
June 4th, 2020 at 7:09 am
Thank you for the paintings: celebrations of female beauty and containment. I would love to know who painted them. Thank you also for dropping into my mailbox with your histories and observations, each one is appreciated and mulled over.
June 4th, 2020 at 11:12 am
Or even take off all your clothes and read a book, as in this famous painting with a Chelsea connection:
The Reading Girl, by one-time Chelsea resident Théodore Casimir Roussel, is a depiction of the artist’s model and sculptor Hettie Pettigrew, about whom you have written before in association with Sambourne.
June 4th, 2020 at 11:22 am
Just gorgeous thank you
June 4th, 2020 at 4:34 pm
this is lovely – the choice of paintings is delightfully whimsical
June 5th, 2020 at 9:27 pm
Wonderful images Dave. Thank you. I’ve been reading non-stop for the past 3 months, which is my idea of bliss – and without a smidgen of guilt that I should be doing something more ‘useful’
June 10th, 2020 at 5:06 pm
Thanks Dave for your marvellous selection,just finished reading my entire Tom Sharp collection,though not in such beautiful or elegant poses.
August 2nd, 2020 at 12:51 pm
Wake up Dave! That’s quite enough sleeping!
March 14th, 2021 at 7:50 pm
October 2nd, 2021 at 1:05 pm
How can i get in direct contact with the author of this repository i wish to add to the collection.