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new book about covered bridges in New Brunswick – coming soon!

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In New Brunswick, we love our covered bridges. They are part of our history … a walk inside a covered bridge gives you access to  one of the best ‘written’ pages you will ever read, the carved and scribbled notations of a century of passers-by.

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My new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ (published by Chapel Street Editions) is a tribute to the value of our covered bridges as part of our landscape and ecology.  In the book are 73 of my poems about plants and animals living in the vicinity of the covered bridge.  Many of the poems are about the ways humans use the spaces inside the covered bridge.

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in the shelter of the covered bridge’ includes poems about 35 different covered bridges, most crossing the St. John River or its many tributaries. There are also poems about a few bridges in Charlotte and Westmorland Counties.

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My book is also illustrated with 21 of my drawings of covered bridges and the animals and plants that live there. The cover illustration is from my painting ‘apple tree, Malone Bridge.’

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I hope you will buy a copy of my book! I will keep you posted on the publication date and availability!

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If you would like to win a paperback, postage-paid copy of ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ enter the draw by leaving a comment here on any post of my blog from now until I get my 500th follower, sometime within the next few weeks or days.  You can also enter by leaving a comment on any posting of my blog on my Facebook page. One entry per commenter per post.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

‘within easy reach’ – a painting for the front cover

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As the release date for my book of poetry ‘within easy reach’ draws near, I have been doing some painting.

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I began my project ‘growing and gathering’ and the poems for my book ‘within easy reach’ after my husband and I discovered blackberries on our new property at the lake. For this reason, blackberries seem a fitting subject for a cover painting.

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I think blackberries are fun to paint:

  • a basic berry-shape of Payne’s Grey
  • a highlighting of each seed in the drupe with Payne’s Grey mixed with Titanium White
  • a spot of white to highlight berries on one side of the drupe
  • a background of blues and purples to simulate the shadow in the thicket
  • leaves and a stem

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This is my ‘practice painting’, in acrylics, 5″ by 10″.

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I’ll be showing you the final cover painting soon – 10″ by 10″, a perfect shape for the cover of my book.

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On a windy, wintery day, it is hard to be patient, waiting for blackberry season!!

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2016

 

Written by jane tims

March 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

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