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First Give Away Of 2011- Marvel, Dream

I like the question idea from the last give away. We all have a lot to be grateful for, that is clear.
I’ve been thinking about what my January topic should be. I was going to ask what your resolutions for the new year are or what you want from this upcoming year but instead, I am going to ask for a name of a book or movie that has inspired or effected you in some way.( Or Perhaps, it just made you feel warm inside. ) I have been watching the TV lately and everything seems so glum and dismal and I don’t don’t want to start the year off like that. Let’s exchange inspiring and uplifting books/movies to one another. Wouldn’t that be fun?

My first offer is non fiction:
“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Read it, do it and change your life.

My second offer is fiction:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Just such a great story. I could read it again and again.

My Movie recommendations is:
Alice by Woody Allen. This movie is such a wonderful fairy tale and a real reminder that living authentically is the only way.

I will offer up some more as the month goes on.
I’d love to hear from you and if I do, your name could be drawn at the end of the month to win a 5″x6″ OOAK reproduction on canvas of the below painting.
Write your suggestion(s) in the comment section of this post. I am really looking forward this!

‘Marvel, Dream’


61 responses

  1. i just finished THE HELP about 2 books ago. it’s been around for quite awhile but it was new to me. it was so refreshingly honest with such desperate women yet chock full of humor and love. right now i am reading THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS. the grammar is bit hard to read smoothly in this old book, yet it is sooo intriguing about some of the ol’ masters…matisse, picasso to name a few…a first hand view into their every day life.
    this was a great idea, can’t wait to see what others mention! thank you!
    i adore bookstores, but buy almost all of my books, second hand on amazon.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:42 am

  2. Michelle

    Oooh, I have a couple recommendations.
    I’m a sucker for love stories…
    My second favorite book of all time is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The movie wasn’t that great but the book made me cry. =P It’s really well written too.

    My favorite book ever though is called The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. It’s written brilliantly, and it’s really inspiring. It’s got a strange and unique story that really makes you think. (:

    My favorite movies change a lot…
    I saw 127 Hours on New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t seen it, do. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s such an incredible story and I hadn’t heard much about what Aron Ralston went through until the movie came out… I watched a 6 piece documentary that Aron did the other day… I just found it so amazing. It is still in theaters but it was well worth it.
    And as far as something that is already out on video, I looooove 500 Days of Summer. It’s a sappy love story, yes. But it has two of my favorite actors in it – Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was a really real sort of story, really makes you feel for the characters. And for some reason I find Zooey Deschanel’s pretty face very inspiring. =P

    Annnnd that’s all I can think of for now!

    January 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    • Thanks! Great suggestions!
      I noticed that 500 days of Summer is on netflix, I’ll have to get it.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:32 am

  3. Happy New Year Maria. What a great idea and believe it or not my all time favorite movie is The Dark Cristal, I know its an old one but I still do love it and watch it over and over again. My second offering is Pride and Prejudice.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    • Michelle

      Oh man, I’m only 19 now and my mom had me watching The Dark Crystal when I was reeeaaally young. It scared the life out of me as a child and now at least I can appreciate the artwork, but I still have some residual deep-seeded fear. Hahah. Mirror Mask is a really amazing art flick though! Kind of dark but the characters amaze me!

      January 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

    • LOVE Pride and Prejudice!
      Haven’t see n Dark Crystal.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:33 am

  4. Lynn Mamet

    She is wondrous. Your work evolves and does so in wondrous spurts. So happy and blessed to be on the receiving end…

    January 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

  5. “How to make an american quilt” is still my favorite movie, even though I haven’t been quilting for years now…I have watched it over and over.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  6. So many books to recommend, pride & prejudice would be an all time favorite book as well as a movie. The bbc version has the best Mr Darcy.
    “Remember the titans” is a favorite movie.
    “Anthem” by Ayn Rand is a lovely little short novel, I highly recommend.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

  7. WOW, so great. I am going to start a page in my sketch book to start a list of all these great suggestions! I should be able to keep myself busy all year.

    Pride and Prejudice was almost my book choice but I went with Jane Eyre.

    I also LOVE the BBC version. SO great.
    Kyata- I love this movie, I haven’t watched this in ages. I should again.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  8. “Your Money or Your Life” was a book that changed so much for me. I am happier, healthier, and more financially secure for it. It prepared me for being an artist and entrepreneur. As far as fiction goes, “Bluebeard” by Kurt Vonnegut is the best and most enjoyable book I’ve read.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    • Sounds like a should read ‘Your Money Or Your Life’!

      January 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

  9. babylonbaroque

    Beautiful work, I’m glad you visited and made an introduction.

    I love the fin de siècle mood,


    January 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  10. I am thrilled to be able to tell of this wonderful book.

    “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

    When I first began to read it, I was not impressed … until the second page! It was wonderful!

    January 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    • LOL. I’ve put it on the list.

      January 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  11. Lynn Mamet

    Fiction: though JANE EYRE is up there big time, I recommend “Still Alice,” a gripping novel about loss.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    • Wow, Lynn, just looked this book up. Sounds amazing!

      (I guess your NOT recommending Black Swan as movie choice? Ha, ha)

      January 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  12. John Bergman

    The book that comes to my mind that brings an old work forward and lessons to the roles of women and reminds me at times of your work with the females you portray..
    the book is …SHE..a novel by Henry Rider Haggard printed in 1887. Well worth the time.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:16 am

    • This sound intriguing, John. I will have to see if I can get my hands on a copy.

      January 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

  13. Mistie

    “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. It is beautiful. I also really love anything by Jane Austen, but my all-time favorite is Persuasion. I also love everything by Susan Vreeland. She has a new book, “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” coming out in a week. I highly recommend her.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:23 am

    • Gilead sounds wonderful.
      I also adore Jane Austin.
      I will also look into Susan Vreeland, her books look very inviting.

      January 4, 2011 at 6:13 am

  14. Leslie Basse

    My favorite movie is “While You Were Sleeping” . It’s humorous and has a great ending. The best book I’ve read recently was “The Forgotton Garden” by Kate Morton. I am now reading Still Alice and agree that this is a very interesting book.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:15 am

    • The Forgotten Garden sounds awesome! I will be reading that for sure!

      The Thirteenth Tale just popped into my head, have you read that one? I could NOT put it down!

      January 4, 2011 at 6:09 am

      • Leslie Basse

        I have not read The Thirteenth Tale, but it looks great!

        January 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  15. Favorite Non-Fiction book (current): Gift of Imperfection ~Brene Brown
    Favorite Fiction Book Series: Mists of Avalon
    Favorite Movie(s): Chocolate, Enchanted,

    January 4, 2011 at 5:52 am

    • Yes! Chocolate is one of my favorites! I must watch that again soon!

      AND Amelie also just popped into my head!

      January 4, 2011 at 6:08 am

      • Of course, The secret Garden is a favorite … the movies and the book!

        January 4, 2011 at 6:10 am

    • Mistie

      I love Enchanted! I took a fairy tales lit course, and we watched Enchanted in it (I had seen it thanks to my awesome niece). But it was hilarious to hear the men laughing and then looking a little abashed.

      January 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  16. Gayla

    A friend of mine gave me a book for Christmas titled: 60 Things to Do When You Turn 60. The book consist of a collections of essays from 60 experts on the subject of turning 60. I highly recommend it for those like me that are getting close. It would probably be enjoyed by those that are not so close too. Really good. Most recent movie at the theatre theatre was The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina. Good movie. Interesting movie.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

    • These sound like good suggestions.
      I could watch Johnny Depp read a phone book.

      January 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

  17. Deidre Bruhn

    Some great books there…I will write them down.I have read tooo many to name.Because I live in Western Australia (no snow)a movie I have loved since I first saw it is Dr Zhivago with beautiful Julie Christie and Omar Sharif.A really touching classic love story …all those animal furs and snow!I know you guys will laugh!I also enjoyed Babel and I just saw The Kings Speech which was terrific as well.I love any old English movies too!I cried at the secret garden…my girls thought I was nuts! Happy New year!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

    • I want to see The King’s Speech!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

  18. Auntie Mame….the movie. I watched it as a child and it remains the movie that has inspired me. I want to be an Auntie Mame….open minded, creative,adventurous and honest….a lover of life. I don’t want to be a conformist…because ants don’t contriute to the world…they just do what every other ant does.
    I want to live life fully, be brave enough to take chances and when I leave this earth, I want a martini in my hand to toast my life.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    • I don’t think I have ever seen this movie, but it sounds like I should!
      PS Sent your print yesterday!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:33 am

  19. I read/scanned all of the responses so far, and didn’t see the Stieg Larsson Trilogy. I know the books aren’t “warm and fuzzy,” but I am addicted! My son gave them to me for Christmas, and I am on “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” now. I read “The Girl who Played with Fire” in 24 hours. I know, that’s sick … no painting during that time! I dont want to see the Swedish movies until I finish the last book.

    So many movies and books over the years that have been all time favorites. Just too many to mention. Whatever I am reading or whichever movie I have just seen is my favorite.

    The movies I see [again] through my granddaughter’s eyes arealways better than when I saw them originally. Love BBC’s handling of the Bronte classics.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    • I have the first one but haven’t read it yet. Looking forward to it!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

      • I hope they don’t affect your painting! Seriously, they were very well written and are still haunting me. I want to see all three of the Swedish movies at one time for continuity.

        Am now reading Looking Back by Russell Baker, who writes about US presidents, and those who didn’t make it, and those who would have liked to have been Prez. Baker was a long-time journalist I have admired over the years. My Poli-Sci background is being fed now, and not my artist within!

        January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  20. Paige

    Hey Maria! The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley is my favorite book. Whenever I read it, it gives me the most WONDERFUL pictures in my head. I love a good faery tale, and this one packs a great punch! SUPER visual, and soooooo lovely. I am also loving a book by Elizabeth Watasin, called Never Was. You can go to her website and get on the preview list, if you are interested http://www.a-girlstudio.com I fell in love with her work when she was drawing the comic Charm School!
    Happy 2011 to You and Yours! 🙂

    January 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

    • WOW! Both of these look wonderful!

      January 5, 2011 at 2:43 am

  21. Non-Fiction: Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark
    If you love art, history, travel, religious and philosphical questions you must read this. I especially love the dichotomy of the mythical city / living city. Read this last year and could not put it down.

    Fiction: The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoevsky
    Get a good translation. I’ve read it about 6 times. Seems the older I get, the characters I connect with change drastically. It’s practically my Bible.

    Arty Movie: Europa by Lars Von Trier
    For those that love the visual aspects of film. (Plus Max Sidow’s voice is literally hypnotic).

    Just plain great movie: I agree with The King’s Speech. Colin Firth gets better with age.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    • WOW, great suggestions! Thanks!

      January 10, 2011 at 6:28 am

  22. Tish

    I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Author of The Kite Runner) and Push by Sapphire. Both books were heart wrenching to realize what some women have to endure in life just to live and achieve their dreams – no matter how small. The film version of Push is titled Precious, the film is good but the book details the abuses and daily challenges Precious goes through in more detail – Her dream? To read and write!
    I dream of a day when we as women no longer have to endure every day abuses and the lack of basic rights that should be innate to us as well as men.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

    • Thank you for this. I have this dream as well.
      I loved the Kite Runner. I will look into this.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:29 am

  23. Renee Hilgers

    My absolutely most favorite book of all times is To Kill A Mocking Bird. In fact I am doing an art project to herald this book. Believe it or not I am copying To Kill A Mockingbird in my handwriting over the top of an old school dictionary. Why you ask….Do you remember reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 where they were burning books? I can’t memorize an entire book as those people were doing, but I wanted to symbolize their effort in preserving literature. If Mr. Bradbury was to memorize a book, his would be A Christmas Carol.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    • Wow, this is fascinating!
      Two great books!

      January 10, 2011 at 6:21 am

  24. Shelly

    Fiction: Paint It Black by Janet Fitch
    Lulu Meets God And Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek

    Non Fiction: Buried Treasure by Victoria Finlay

    Movie: Avatar directed by James Cameron
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    …and many more;)

    January 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

    • Will be checking these out.
      Can’t believe I still haven’t seen Avatar!

      January 10, 2011 at 6:22 am

  25. michelle lake

    My favorite books are “Knight if Shining Armor” by Judith McNaught. Its about time travel and love….the other book is The Shack, it’s kind of about time travel and love, too. My all time favorite movie is “Flyaway Home” and a guilty pleasure is “Dirty Dancing”

    January 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

    • These books sound really interesting! Thanks for the suggestions. I have my guilty pleasures too, not sure if I will reveal any just now! Ha, ha.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:27 am

  26. Wow, a give away!!! This is soooo cool!!!

    I am currently reading a collection of Andersen fairy tales (!), and a collection of Czech folk fairytales. And I watched The Holiday for the tenth time during the holidays…! It was lovely!

    If I may also recommend some music, it’s Athena Andreadis’s new album, Peeling Apples. I find it impossible to stop listening to while I’m driving.

    January 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    • I love fairy tales and Anderson is my favorite!
      I will look into the music suggestion. I just bought Fantastic Mr Fox on itunes at my daughters ‘request. They both love the music as well as the songs.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

  27. Kubik

    One of my favorite books is She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb…..it’s a great book that touches on issues that so many young women face around self discovery and acceptance. Favorite movie would probably still have to be “A Little Princess” as I love to see the imagination of children!

    January 10, 2011 at 5:47 am

    • I loved this book too!
      Funny, I was trying to get my girls to watch The Little Princess just yesterday, not quite ready yet.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:19 am

  28. Kimberley Warren

    One of my favorites for a light read is, ‘Twenties Girl’ by Sophie Kinsella. A really funny line in it is,

    “I can’t bear this, Smuggling letters, for God’s sake. Why didn’t they have mobile phones in the 1920s? Think how many misunderstandings in the world could have been avoided. Archduke Ferdinand could have texted his people – I think a weirdo’s following me – and he wouldn’t have got assassinated. World War 1 wouldn’t have happened.”

    Great idea for your blog! I love your work.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  29. Kay

    Love this image…and seeing your new works as you create them.

    My favorite book as a child was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I still have my copy after all these years. It is still one of my favorites—it is about love.

    January 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

  30. Dinah Frese

    Happy New Year Maria – I have enjoyed reading the prior comments and will add them to my to do list. I do really enjoy romantic love stories and beautiful art like yours – it really speaks to our softer side. When I choose a movies I like suspense and drama. I am looking forward to the The Rite with Anthony Hopkins.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • I do as well, but there is a dark side to me as well. However, now that I have children my tolerance for really violent movies is much lower.

      January 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

  31. Lynn Mamet

    Maria: STILL ALICE is one of those “can’t put down” books – riveting and frightening and somehow — something with which one can identify so completely one needs to take a break from the book from time to time just to remember to breathe.

    I still adore JANE EYRE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS (for classics) and Hemingway as a wall to scoot me back in time in absolute wonder of the marvelous writing.

    My favorite movie? So many and for so many reasons. As a person who makes movies for a living, I generally watch them very critically, aware of every nuance, and, as such, cannot “fall” into the films and feel I am in good hands, but….there have been times I have been transported by films, absolutely unaware that I was being drawn in, and, ultimately, rapt.


    January 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

  32. Amy

    The movie Chocolat… Mmmm. So wonder-ful…

    January 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

  33. Madeleine

    I agree with you on Pride and Prejudice both the book and BBC film is one of my favorites.
    I can also recommend the movies : The Notebook and The Green mile.

    For you who like Stieg Larssons triologi I don’t think you will be disappointed on our Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s interpretaition when you see the Swedish movies :o)

    January 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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