Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Read Me A Story SOLD

'Read Me A Story'  SOLD
8 x 10 inches oil on gesso board

I have always been an avid reader. Some of my very favorite memories of my childhood involve my mom and me going to bookstores to track down the latest in a series of books I was reading (always something about horses). Or going to a local used book store (my favorite place) and finding old books that I'd never heard of before. My parents always made sure I had lots of reading material and they never, ever complained when I chose to stay indoors reading instead of outside playing on a bright summer day. 

I wanted to make sure my kids grew up with a love of reading too. I remember reading out loud to my oldest son when I was still pregnant with him. And now both of my boys who are old enough to read LOVE reading, and the littlest loves being read to. We listen to audio books in the car wherever we go, they love story time at bedtime (well, the younger two anyway, the oldest prefers his own books now), and after they've fallen asleep at night and I go to check on them it's very common for me to have to take a book, and a flashlight, out of little boy arms that were too sleepy to put them away. 

This is my middle boy, when he was about five (he's eight now), looking through one of his favorite books, "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz. 

We read it so many times that he could read it along with me before he even learned how to read. His favorite line, which always resulted in lots of laughter was this one: 

"There was a hippopotamus
who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus. 
And every time he got'emus. . . 
He'd fall upon his bottomus."

Admit it, you lol'd didn't you? Me too. He he. ;)


  1. Love the hiccupotamus! What a beautiful, wonderful and sentimental post. I love to read about you and your family. :)

  2. Love it. And the look of absorption on his face. Our kids are all readers too. Good books take you on a million journeys. As does art actually! Lovely post friend : )

  3. Beautiful artwork! Love how the light falls on his neck and the book page!


  4. Beautiful painting, such concentration in his face.

  5. I just love it! The words from the book made me chuckle and the painting is adorable!
    We have a book shop in our village which deals only in old vintage books no longer in publication. It's where I buy my props from for my bear paintings when I need some tatty old books.
    Paul just brought a Kindle and I just don't get it - you can't beat the smell of a book when you open it up and I like to feel the pages... I suppose it's the difference between a letter and an email - I'm old fashioned at heart, lol! :0)

  6. Bella image, sin duda...el mundo de los niños se alimenta en lecturas e imagenes, que abren horizontes de ilusiones para ellos...


  7. Wonderful painting, Crystal!!! I love his expression as he turns the page! His favorite line in the book DID make me smile!!!

  8. A lovely post, Crystal. We are a book family too. My third granddaughter (22) is now a writer!

    Lovely painting, as always!


  9. Passing along your love of reading to your children is such a wonderful gift. This a great moment you've captured in your beautiful painting.

    You don't how special it is for me to see The Hiccupotamus included in this precious personal slice of life! What an honor. All my very best to you and your lovely family!

    - Aaron Zenz

  10. You always make good use of constract and paint very vibrant paintings, you are profficiant in lots of mediums it seems, as always I love it!


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