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A part of all

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

This painting shows a young woman walking through a magical-looking swirl of colors and shapes, with an open book in her hands. In the swirl above her head is the quote from Theodore Roosevelt: "I am a part of everything that I have read."

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of  (thanks also to Uppercase).

Something magical

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

The painting shows a young man holding onto a book and flying high into the air, above a fantasy castle. The quote that surrounds him is from J. K. Rowling: "I do believe that something magical can happen when you read a book."

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of J.K. Rowling (thanks also to Uppercase).

Never big enough

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

This painting shows a woman curled up in an upholstered chair with a book and a steaming cup of tea. above her, in the steam from the cup, is the quote from C. S. Lewis, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of C. S. Lewis (thanks also to Uppercase).

A lovely place

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

This image features a view from above, of a young woman on a sandy beach between flowers and palm trees, on her back, reading a book. The quote, from an anonymous author, reads "Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be."

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of an anonymous author.

Power of words

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

This painting is full of purples and violets, setting off an image of a young person holding an open book with magical flames rising up from its pages. Above the person's head are the words "One must always be careful of books and what's inside them, for words have power to change us." It's a quote from author Cassandra Clare.

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of  (thanks also to Uppercase).

Books like air

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker.

This image shows a young woman at the center of a swirl of books and warm orange tones, as well as a quote from Annie Dillard: She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of Annie Dillard (thanks also to Uppercase).

The only thing you absolutely have to know

The Artdog Week of Book Quotes

This is National Library Week. Instead of a Quote of the Week, I decided to dedicate this as the Week of Book Quotes, with help from the marvelous New York illustrator, Simini Blocker

This image is an illustration by Simini Blocker showing a large wall of bookshelves, with a young man carrying a big stack of books past it, and the quotation from Albert Einstein that says "The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library."

Even if you’ve seen Simini’s wonderful illustrated quotes before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again. And if you’re not yet familiar with her work, I offer you the joy of discovery.

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Simini Blocker’s Tumblr, for today’s marvelous Quote-Image, featuring the words of Albert Einstein (thanks also to Uppercase).

How quotes about women in the arts . . . mostly weren’t.

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week

In recognition of Women’s History Month, I thought I’d focus on quotes about women in the arts as this month’s theme. 

Yeah, try Googling that phrase under “images.” The quote that seemed to come back with just incredible frequency was this one:

On a brown, kind of parchment-looking background, black letters spell out this quote: "A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor." It was said by Helen Rowland, who is listed as an American journalist, who lived from 1875-1950.

Um, EXCUSE ME, but what does that have to do with Women in the Arts?

One image that came up near the top of the search results is a poster visible on the Tate website (but not available for reposting) about the very tongue-in-cheek “advantages” of being a woman artist in 1988“Advantage” #1, “Working without the pressure of success,” gives a taste of how the list is oriented. 

Then compare a couple of other quotes that came up several times:

This image is a black background with white lettering on it, giving a quote by Hedy Lamarr, who is listed as an "Austrian Actress." She said, "It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe."

Okay, that’s fairly hopeful, if dated. But then there’s this:

This is a photo of a night sky over mountains, which creates a backdrop for the Thomas Beecham quote: "All the arts in America are a gigantic racket run by unscrupulous men for unhealthy women."

Well, as they used to say, ain’t that a kick in the head? I don’t think either gender comes off looking too good, in Beecham’s estimation. In the age of Harvey Weinstein, however, it’s hard to say he was inaccurate about the existence of “unscrupulous men.”

Number one that came up was from an article about conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, and it’s not exactly a paean of optimism, either:

This is a photo of a sign that says, "YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THE RULES YOU LIVE BY."

I . . . sorry. After spending a stimulating month of February reading engrossing fiction by women such as Becky ChambersDiana Wynne JonesMartha WellsJennifer Foehner Wells, and Nnedi Okorafor, and having recently delighted in the artwork of Simini BlockerKaren Ann Hollingsworth, and Jody A. Lee, not to mention amazing new artwork being produced (but not yet posted online) by Lucy A. SynkI actually felt pretty good about women in the arts

I genuinely thought I’d find a more optimistic range of quotes. Frankly, sisters, we owe ourselves a better set of quotes. What’s on offer is pathetic.

Are things perfect? No. Humans aren’t, so human things won’t be. But things don’t have to be uniformly bleak. Women in ALL of the arts are doing amazing things. If no one else is talking about it, then we ought to begin. 

IMAGES: The Helen Rowland quote about bachelors is from Quote HD. So is the Hedy Lamarr quote. The Thomas Beecham quote is courtesy of Quotefancy. The “Rules you live by” quote-image comes from a thoughtful essay by Lauren C. Byrd on her “Make Art History” blog.

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