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SOLARIS, A NOVEL BY STANISLAW LEM (READING RECOMMENDATION)

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 Hello readers! I suffered a shoulder injury a few days ago and it's not getting better, so I will probably be a bit absent in the immediate future and slow to answer to comments. I cannot use my right hand, so  typing is difficult. The new year hasn't started too well for me. On a more positive note, I did listen to a lovely audiobook. Therefore, today I'll share a book review. The book in question is a philosophical science fiction classic Solaris . Written by Polish author of Jewish origin Stanislaw Lem and published in 1961, Solaris has remained popular to this day. This novel has been a subject of many adaptations in various media, from radio dramas, a play, a TV serial, several films to even ballet (in different countries and languages).  Solaris also inspired songs, music and multimedia projects. What is the secret of Solaris ' success? First of all, it is a beautifully complex work, philosophical science fiction at its best. Secondly, the themes it explores are

A WATERCOLOUR SKETCH PORTRAIT (INSPIRED BY 如懿传 AND 周迅 )

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Hello! Today I'll share a watercolour sketch inspired by Chinese actress Zhou Xun's potrayal of Ruyi in a historical drama Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace. I'm more of a book than a film or TV series girl, but sometimes I get inspired by some films and shows. I actually haven't seen this historical show, just excerpts from it. I accidently stumbled on a few excerpt from this show on YouTube and felt inspired by both the costumes and Zhou Xun's acting. I doubt I'll have the time to watch the whole series, but I might create more art inspired by it. The medium for this portrait sketch is Staetdler watercolour pencils on mixed media paper (from my new art create sketchbook). As you will see in this post, the sketch was made on a small frame paper. I might redo this sketch on a larger scale paper to capture more details and make it more realistic. That is if I find the time. I think this one isn't bad for a quick watercolour pencils sketch. Scroll down to se

OIL PASTEL PORTRAITS AND 12 MOST READ POSTS OF YEAR 2020

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Today I'll show you a few oil pastels portraits I did on a mixed media paper. This is a medium I'm still not very confident using. In fact, you could say that I'm still learning how to use oil pastels. I drew these portraits without any plan or intention, just to practice proportions and drawing with oil pastels but I kind of like how they turned out.  If I remember correctly, they didn't take too much time to finish. That being said, I'm not sure are they done or do they need more work. Two of them are dark haired ladies and one is a redhaired lady. I uploaded one of them ( the blue hair lady ) to my redbubble store . I might work some more on the other ones. Scroll down to see more and to see what were the most read posts of year 2020 on my blog. YOUR PICK OF MY 2020 POSTS (MOST READ) Here is your pick of 2020, most read posts (among those published in the last year). My blog views in general for last (and this) year are humble and most views are actually of older

4 DECEMBER WINTER OUTFITS AND WONDERFUL DESTINATIONS NEAR MOSTAR

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I planned to publish this post yesterday but that the earthquake in Croatia happened. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't emotionally affected by it. I have both family and friends living in affected areas, so it is only natural I worry about it. I'm only comforted by the fact that Croatia has a lot of experience in helping refugees and is often  much better organized than many larger and more 'developed' countries. We've all seen how ineffective some supposedly 'developed' countries are at helping their own population during some crises that occurred this and previous years. Croats are in that sense wonderfully organized, but still sometimes things are complicated. The housing question was quickly resolved since many opened their doors to victims of earthquake. However, people who own domestic animals (such as horses and cows) naturally do not want  and cannot abandon them, so for them these are hard times as they are spending their days in the cold so

A NEW EARTHQUAKE IN CROATIA (DONATION INFO) / NOVI POTRES U HRVATSKOJ (INFORMACIJE O DONACIJI)

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EN Unfortunately, earlier today Croatia was struck by another strong earthquake. If you can afford it, consider making a donation to Red Cross Croatia or other charitable organizations  you know of and that might help those affected by the earthquake.  HR Nažalost, Hrvatska je danas opet pogođena jakim potresom. Ako si to možete priuštiti, razmislite o tome da donirate Crvenom križu Hrvatske ili nekoj drugoj humanitarnog organizaciji za koju znate a koja može pomoći stradalima u potresu. INSTRUCTIONS FOR DONATIONS- YOU CAN USE THE FOLLOWING BANK ACCOUNT FOR DONATIONS OR MAKE A DONATION WITH A BARCODE BANK:   Privredna banka Zagreb d.d. IBAN:  HR6923400091511555516 NUMBER:  770 TO MAKE A PAYMENT FROM ABROAD - SWIFT CODE:  PBZGHR2X OR USE THIS BARCODE TO MAKE A DONATION  SVE INFORMACIJE SAM PREUZELA SA SLUŽBENIH STRANICA HRVATSKOG CRVENOG KRIŽA* Donirati novčana sredstva za pomoć osobama pogođenim potresom u Petrinji i Sisku možete na sljedeći račun: Banka:  Privredna banka Zagreb d.d. I