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Still Life with a Twist ~Y~

‘Y and Y not’ was my planned title until I reached here to write and decided my alternative title to accompany another painting of mine from the past.

In April 2010 I spent some time back at my childhood home with my Mum. As the weather was fine and warm we visited a local seaside town for a day out together with my youngest.  We talked a lot about my Dad, remembering days at the beach we or they had enjoyed before he died, fifteen years previously. During the afternoon I collected a few found objects from the beach, including some seashells that I later made a painting of during May 2010, and that made in a way as remembrance of my father. I can hardly believe 8 years have passed so soon since that day at the beach and the 23 years since my father died seems to have flown in the blink of an eye.

This image (shown below) has been previously published, with my permission, by a friend who added the border and copyright text to his screenshot of my photo. I’m yet to find my original but do still have my painting here somewhere, but it’s quicker to use this version. I’d been yearning to use this painting as a background to a new still-life arrangement, but that will have to wait…

Copyright: Colette Bates. 2010, (2015 via ‘from Corner2Corner’, I assert origination of this painting, Colette B., The Wishing Well, copyright 2018. Fair Use for personal and educational use only (as per UK Law).

I was tempted to start drawing and/or painting something around a Y shaped branch: I have one saved outside getting very soggy with rain, but found one to hand indoors. Then I remembered it doesn’t really fit well with my overall topical theme for this month. But it maybe solved another challenge entry, I’ll be posting that next.

I’ll just give a very quick mention to some artists I had a quick look at for today’s art history perusal. Assuming the name Jan to be pronounced as ‘Yan’ in these cases, Jan Jansz Treck (1606-1652), Jan Philip van Thielen (1618-1667) and Jan Jansz den Uyl the Elder (1595/96-1639) were all highly accomplished Flemish/Dutch still life painters, usually of flowers.

However I also found Adja YUNKERS (1900-1983) and although listed as an American abstract painter/printmaker, he was born in the Russian Empire and also travelled to live and work in Europe before settling in the U.S. in 1947. One of his works I was particularly taken with is an abstract image titled ‘Dead Bird’, 1947. Lisa YUSKAVAGE (born 1962) is a contemporary artist living and working in New York. Her painting ‘Night Flowers’, 1999, caught my attention, briefly. Both images (and oodles more) can be found at

Yes, I’m muddling along this weekend, and hopefully will be in good time with a final something new for ~Z~ on Monday. Yay!

How’s YOUR final weekend of April going? Are YOU nearing the A to Z finish line? Leave me your link in a comment if I haven’t made it yonder to your posts yet and I’ll be there as soon as possible.



TBR – Ten more Blogs from the A to Z Challenge

I fell a little behind with blog-hopping toward the end of this week while having wi-fi issues, but hopefully will catch up again soon enough. I’ve found my round-up list of 50 useful in keeping up with visiting better, without getting lost in the Reader or distracted by other things in my email notifications – although I am definitely missing some of my regular reading visits!

Anyway, I’m adding some new blogs I’ve had a quick visit to and fancy reading more at, as a To Be Read list, for next week, starting as soon as I’m up to date with other reading:

  1.      [= ongoing fiction]
  2.       [quite long posts, miscellaneous]
  3.    [quite quick reads, textile art images]
  4.     [=travels in Israel]
  5.   [=tongue twisters]
  6.      [=medieval names]
  7.     [= miscellaneous]
  8.        [=Mother Goose nursery rhymes ]
  9.    [=health]
  10.  [=author’s own characters]

There are so very many blogs in this challenge I’m sure it’s not humanly possible to read all of them – and I’m not an avid fiction reader, so in the main I’m avoiding those types of postings, although I will make the effort to see a few more from that category once I’ve had a good rest.