The Novel by Herman Jean Joseph Richir

What I love about this painting by Richir is the evident effect of the novel on the reader. She is not reading at the moment. She seems relaxed, the novel is resting at her knees, closed, but her finger is guarding her place. The long, slender fingers of her left hand are resting on the chair in a delicate, almost sensual manner. Her smile is furtive, allowing the words to transport her somewhere, in which she evidently takes pleasure.

I would be pleased had my novel influenced a reader in the same manner.

The Novel - Le Roman - Herman Jean Joseph Richir

Maiden in the Excavations of Pompeii by Filippo Palizzi

I am fascinated by this painting. While everyone else keeps on working, a young girl takes the time to study the unearthed murals beneath her. I feel like I can write a story about this unique girl. Who is she? What makes her differ than the others, instilling within her an urge to savor the moment and examine the excavations she is a part of, not just do the labor. Yes, indeed; I feel like she is someone worth meeting, wouldn’t you agree?

Filippo Palizzi - Maiden in the excavations of Pompeii