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ART UPDATE: WATERCOLOUR PENCIL FEMALE PORTRAITS

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 Hello! Today I'm back with an art update. In this post I will share four female portraits. This year I was mostly focused on landscape (seascape) paintings, but recently I have done some portraits and fashion illustrations. You may remember that I have shared some of my new fashion illustrations  fairly recently. I was fun to get back to illustrating with watercolour pencils, so I also sketched some portraits. I did use reference (and old DM catalogue) for some of these, but it's mostly my imagination. I did these portraits just for practice, so I'm not sure what exactly I will do with them. Maybe gift them to someone or just store them in some folder, I really don't know. The medium for all of them is watercolour pencils on paper (art supplies used the same as in my last art post). Let's me first share some art tips of mine with you really quickly and then we'll have a look at these quick watercolour portrait sketches. TEN TIPS FOR IMPROVING ONE'S ILLUSTRA

WARD NO.6, A SHORT STORY BY ANTON CHEKHOV (BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)

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Today I'll share a review for Ward No. 6 ( Палата № 6)  a short story by Anton Chekhov. First published in 1892, this story is still relevant. It criticizes society (especially its treatment of mentally ill) through observing one doctor's existential crisis. While telling a story of one doctor's burnout, Ward No.6 opens many interesting questions about human suffering and the meaning of life. While I was in Split, I stumbled across an Italian edition of this story in a that antique/second hand bookshop I told you about, so I bought it.  Short stories are a great choice whenever you're pressed for time. I have already read this story in Croatian a couple of times. Possibly I had also listened to some of the  Russian audio-versions on YouTube  at some point, but I'm not certain. I'm actually listening to the above mentioned and linked audiobook while I'm putting this post together, just to refresh my memory. You can read this short story in English for free on

DAMEN KAPRIC, ANKICA TOPIĆ (BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)

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 Hello! Today I will review Damen kapric, a novel by Ankica Topić, a Croatian author.  If I'm not mistaken this was my first read from this writer.  Ankica Topić is from Makarska , so from the same region in Croatia as yours truly ( Dalmatia ). I'm mentioning the region because it is relevant to understand the novel's humour.  As in most other European countries, in Croatia you will find cultural and linguistic  differences between regions, something that is often used for comic effects in books, TV shows and movies. In this particular novel, the author often contrasts Croats from the South with those from the capital (that is continental  Croatia).  Damen kapri c is a wonderfully funny novel that starts of as a family comedy with elements of romance, but soon turns darker and evolves into a mystery of some kind. An interesting novel for sure. I'm not sure is an English translation available yet.  The novel is named after a (possibly Hungarian?) cake.  I wasn't abl

THE ASPERN PAPERS BY HENRY JAMES (BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)

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 Hello readers! Today I'll review The Aspern Papers by Henry James. Published in 1888, this novella is a lovely classic that stood the test of time. A perfect choice if you're short on time but would like to get introduced to Henry James or just enjoy some of his writing. I'm no stranger to this author myself.  I've read many works by him. I even reviewed Henry James on my blog quite a few times  here  (   Four Meetings) here (The Portrait of a Lady) , here ( Washington  Square ). I might even do a special post about him on this little place to call my own ( sharing with you all of Henry James' works that I have read so far) but today I'll just focus on this beautifully melancholic  novella set in Venice. If I recall well, I borrowed this particular book from a library some time ago. I do like to read books in physical  form if possible, but if you prefer online reading, you can find a free version of this classic on wikisource and other sites.  This novella con