Artistically Yours… by the French artist Miki

The Art of Reading #1: The Wall

I started this series of sketches about people reading newspapers in my main blog some weeks ago, but as I decided to present all my paintings concerning people here, it is where they belong now.

It really fascinating to watch at them. To start with some of the papers are so gigantic that the people’s arms and hands seem to grow accordingly! So if you think, looking at this first sketch, that I don’t know the natural length of arms, you are wrong. Look at people reading newspaper, and you will see: their arms are suddenly made of elastic stuff!

What amazes me sometimes is when people come together to a Cafe, and one starts reading, holding the newspaper between him/her and friends. I find that incredibly impolite and careless!

This is by the way my nightmare picture of a couple: sitting at breakfast, the man reading newspaper, and holding it between him and her in a way that they can’t see each other. Like a wall, kind of. And in fact I guess it is really meant as a wall, consciously or not!

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April 26, 2008 - Posted by | art, caricatures, coffee, life, men, news, portrait, random, The Art of Reading, The Arts of Daily Life, women | , , , , , , ,


  1. Perhaps they do mean it as a wall. They probably have not ever gotten into the habit of telling each other 100 times a day how beautfiul they are! Of course there you are, sketching while Kev is reading. Who would know what a romantic couple you are?

    Comment by Susan | April 30, 2008

  2. I think people notice at once what a romantic couple we are! Every 5 minutes he or me stops reading or drawing to give the other a kiss and tell nice things to each other! And sometimes Kevin suddenly disappears and comes back with a present for me which I of course opens at once!
    Really, Susan, what kills me when i observe couples in cafes or restaurants is the lack of communication between them. I believe they have nothing more to tell to each other. I could not have such a life with somebody, I much more prefer to be alone then!

    Comment by Miki | May 1, 2008

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