Friday, February 1, 2013

I explained last weekend about joining the Artful Readers Club... and here's the first book I read.



it's the only one on my list that is written for young adults. We have a table at work, called our lawn sale table, where people bring in what they don't want and we buy each other's junk, cheap. so i picked this up one day and bought it for 50 cents because i liked the sketches they used to illustrate it, plus I always love a book about time travel, even if it's for kids. The sketches are meant to be from the journals of the manor's previous owner, and i have always loved this style of art. And who doesn't love sneaking a peek at someone else's sketchbook?

So I did like the book, it is was it is supposed to be, an  adventure book for young adults. It was a fun quick read, and it leads up to what will be a series of time travel adventures for a brother and sister and their friend. There's secrets codes, hidden passageways and of course there's an evil villainess, we don't see much of her yet but will in the next book I am sure. If i had time i might keep reading them but probably not as i have soooo many other books i want to read.

so that was the "review" and here's the art inspired by the book. Well more inspired by the art in the book.  I tried to keep my mandalas mixed with falling ladies loose and airy like a botanical, i left the pencil lines like a journal sketch, i felt a bit art nouveauish like i promised last week... and i am happy with the result...










Other people's thoughts
safely hidden in journals
a peek at their soul

so thanks for stopping by, hello to all at Paint party friday, haiku my heart and my new group, the artful readers club!

39 comments:

  1. I really like this new direction your art is taking, the women and the mandalas together are brilliant.

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  2. Oh my! Your art is so awesome that I already forgot about the book lol. I LOVE the circles, the sharp lines and the ones that are just shadows, and how I adore her face and her determination to be left alone or else ;-)

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  3. Wow ~ your artwork is becoming better each time I see it ~ lovely creations ~

    Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

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  4. These are really beautiful. Combining the mandalas and your ladies makes for a beautiful combination. The thought and skill in these pages is inspiring.

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  5. I like a lot of fiction for young adults. This one sounds fun and those illustrations are great. Journals created by others are fascinating.
    It makes me think of the Griffin and Sabine books and the latters and collage illustrations. Love thos ebook !
    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun on many levels, and your ladies and mandalas are fantastic!

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  7. Wow this is amazing the combination is wonderful.

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  8. Sounds like a fabulous book, I love interactive ones, so much fun. Your artwork is stunning, really beautiful.

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  9. OOow those Ladies with mandalas are simply gorgeous Andrea...so glad you chose to join in :D ...and I too would never have resisted that book in a sale either lol :D XXX

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  10. Please link up your new haiku at Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon. Many of us are using last week's link so we can keep in touch. Hope to see you there!

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  11. This is wonderfu, I so love time travel too! ManonX

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  12. Just gorgeous, so much to see in each picture, their expressions are beautiful. I like some YA books and others not so much, some are really good.

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  13. These pages are gorgeous. Your soft colors and intricate designs are wonderful!

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  14. Loving that you are combining Mandela's with your ladies, so fab to look at.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

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  15. Love the combination of the girl and the mandala! HPPF!

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  16. Love these Andrea... both of them. I need both of those messages today, boy do I ever... you make me want to pick up my compass and watercolor pencils...

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  17. I love that your art is inspired by this book, Andrea! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  18. your pages are stunning... and I remember reading these to Phantom... she was quite young and we have been trying to work out what grade she was in, but they were a pleasure to read... and you have captured the spirit of them beautifully...xx

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  19. wow-the mandalas especially are magical!!! Gorgeous art!

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  20. Beautiful pages, absolutely wonderful coloring and shading - and awesome detail! Love! <3

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  21. Wow your art is truly gorgeous...these should be made into greeting cards...so so beautiful! Full of spirit, soft movement...

    I was thinking today when I visited if you turned your falling lady upside down would she then be floating??? I know...silly right!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. I like the way the art used in the book inspired you. Your own art is wonderful and unique.

    Janet xx

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  23. This sounds like a great in-between read! Thanks for the review!
    Really love your art. It's such an unique style! ♥

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  24. I absolutely love the artwork you've come up with and the book sounds pretty good too!

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  25. Other people's thoughts usually entertain me more than my own!

    Beggar and Buddha

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  26. well, I am glad you didn't ask me to choose a favorite.
    Love the curvy green lady
    and then
    I also love the blue girl and her price tag ♥♥

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  27. Gorgeous artwork. Love them both. The mix of the mandalas and your ladies is just beautiful. Happy belated PPF!

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  28. Amazing illustrations! so glad I found you through PPF, I will be back!

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  29. Looks like an interesting book and I like your artwork!

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  30. Loved every word of your review, and can see why you chose that book from the sale table, a little gem. Being inspired by the artwork in the book is such a different way of creating art for the review from the rest of us. It's really beautiful, and so precise - precise in a very good way. I enjoyed this visit, and will visit again.

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  31. That sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy...she loves solving puzzles and mysteries.

    These drawings are so cool, Andrea! Relax looks like she's giving you a command....and you better listen...haha!

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  32. Your art is fabulous, such wonderful detail.
    Good o know that your first book of 2013 was such a great read.

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  33. Both of your art pieces are lovely, but I'm really drawn to the green lady. Is she a mermaid? (can't see the bottom of the page...)

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    1. No, she's not but i may do one soon, good idea!

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  34. Absolutely stunning artwork ... Off to look around your blog at more I love it so much! Also quite fancy the book .. Sounds fun!

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  35. Thanks for the review. It sounds like an interesting book. I really love the mandalas! Your blue lady looks so strong and powerful holding it on her head!

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  36. Your artwork is stunning. I particularly like the way the lady fades out at the bottom of the green one. The pencil reminds me a lot of the sketchbooks of DaVinci. The book sounds like a lot of fun. My son has the series on his book shelf. I may have to borrow them in the summer when I need a fun, fast read. Off to check out some of your other artwork on your blog.

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  37. Great quote at the end! Beautiful artwork. Sounds like an interesting easy read. I've told my young adult readers about it as well and they have added it to their list (which means I might get to read it as well)

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