Had a very busy weekend out of town, but I brought along the current book that I'm reading for The French Historical Reading Challenge, The Courtesan and my Book Review Journal to keep me occupied while riding in the car. This book is a very easy read, even with all the names that I cannot pronounce, which translates for me as CRS (can't remember $#!*). But what really makes it fun to read is that it is about REAL people and events in history. So this just makes me even more curious about the characters and I end up goggling them so that I can read a quick biography about these real "characters".
Indeed...this is the original portrait of the main character in this book, Diane de Poitiers, The Courtesan.
It is just so ironic because the reason I choose this book was because of the cover! I even noted that in my journaling notes...ha!
My reading was cut short though because I had an allergic reaction to something on Saturday and my entire head and face swelled like a mellon...not very pretty :} The hardest part is that I have been itching like crazy and so I've had to take a constant barrage of antihistamines. They stop the itch all right...they stop everything because they knock me right out! So...I've been trying to read and write in my journal but haven't gotten as much done as I'd like. My eyes are swollen so much that when I try to read, they weep and then I rub them and then they get be sore and on and on...so I gave up and put a cold cloth on my eyes. Which lent itself to my taking a lot of naps and watching "LAME" TV as my sister calls Lifetime for Women...lol
So far I've taken some journaling notes and painted a few pages with backgrounds and mounted a few photos on the pages where I want to add more notes. Here's a few pictures of those pages...
Once the gesso was dry, I painted on a wash of my base color, yellow oxide. Then when that was dry I added two more washes of different paint colors (red oxide and turquoise) and blended them with a baby wipe. This is a very easy and fast application and...more importantly...it gives the appearance of a fresco or of worn patina...love that especially for the time period of this book.
Then on this page, I added a photo of an original portraitof King Francis I...just love to goggle!
Once I can see better, I will add some personal notes from the book as I read along. I like the way the notebook paper still peaks through the color-wash so that I can write my journal notes...as always it's the little details that make me happy :}
Then on the next page I've added a photo of another main character in this book, Anne d'Heilly...and I scribed her name in the gesso at the bottom of the page.
At the time this story begins, she is the main mistress of King Francois I, although he had many lovers and conquests.
So when the King summons Diane de Poitiers, to return to the French court after the death of her husband, Anne fears that Diane is her replacement. Anne is young, hence her insecurities and paranoia, but she is ambitious and she will stop at nothing to remain the King's favorite.
Anne has nothing to fear really, because Diane is not interested in being the King's mistress, this time she wants to find true love.
History tells us that she does, in the arms of the Prince Henry. Talk about robbing the cradle...Diane is 35 and Henry is barely 15 when she returns to court...hmm...do not know if I would have picked this book up had I know those details...hmmm
I'll keep you posted :D
Right now I'd like you all to hop on over to Trisha Tack's blog, BOOK GROUPand check out her current book review of, Twylight Tower by Karen Harper. Trisha writes a great book review and, she has joined those of us who are participating in compiling Book Review Journals and, so she shares her journal pages with us...very inspiring!