The painting above entitled "Into Her Book" she holds a German copy of All Quiet On The Western Front. This is a brand new painting taken out of its frame that measures 8x10 inches and is oil on a wood panel.
What is the experience of reading a story? How does it work really? We are creating the images in our mind as we read, and they are completely personal and unique to each person reading or hearing the story. This is different than watching a film, where the filmmaker has created his vision of the word for us.
The experience of reading a book is a slow infusion of the story into our soul over a period of time, usually interrupted by other life experiences that occur between the time we put the book down, and when we pick it up again to resume reading. This slow-drip into our soul's vein gives us time to assimilate the story in a deeper way perhaps - than the dump-truck drop-off of a 90 minute film.
There is also the weight of the book, the illustrations and the feel of the paper on our fingers. Sometimes books have a smell. Sometimes a forgotten pressed flower falls into our lap from a summer day 70 years ago. Perhaps there is an inscription on a blank page or inside cover telling us this book had been a Christmas gift to a daughter in the December of 1948.