Feeling the need for a bit of color in my header…

I love the black and white photograph by Nina Leen in my header. I do. I’m going to keep it as my ‘gravatar’ forever. But…

I’m itching for a bit of color up top. What do you think of these?

 
painting by Julius Garibaldi Gari Melchers
painting by Winslow Homer
Victorian Woman Reading



Woman Reading In a Garden by Harold Harvey



Woman Reading, Alexander Deineka
Repose by John White Alexander

While I like them all, there’s one I’m particularly fond of. Which just very well may appear on the top of this blog sooner than later.

But, I’m wondering: do you have a favorite from this selection?

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52 thoughts on “Feeling the need for a bit of color in my header…”

  1. Hmmm…my first thought was that I really like the first two, but after looking a little more, I think the second from the bottom (sitting at the table reading) is my favorite. They're all really lovely though, so I don't think you can go wrong!

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  2. Helen's Book blog, I like the top one very much, too (looking for the title here, somehow I've lost it!). The only 'problem' is she seems so very young. Younger than I am anyway. Which I'm not sure fits with me. But, I'm considering it.Simplerpastimes, I love simplicity of the second from the bottom. "Sweet serenity of books" and all that…

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  3. Bless you, Kailana, for sticking with me and all my changes over the years. Read the book, I love pictures of reading, too. Well, paintings of it, anyway. There are enough great ones to allow a change every month (week?) but I won't go that extreme. 🙂

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  4. I like the top two as well and also the Victorian Woman Reading. That one goes with the current trend of showing the backs of women. LOLI love your current header, but I understand a need for color (says the girl who loves purple).

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  5. Les, I know you like a splash of red, as do I, and so when are you going to try red lipstick? Just kidding, we can't have every single thing in common, can we? :)Kay, I went through a huge purple phase in college. Huge. From purple cowboy boots to purple eye shadow, it bordered on the ridiculous. My parents even gave me an amythest for graduation. Anyway, I always enjoy it when I see it on your blog.

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  6. Ooh. Do we have to choose, really? Shouldn't headers revolve, somehow? 🙂 (Though I do love your sophisticated look…) (And not that it's better than your choices, but if you wanted to use that other one you liked, I wouldn't mind, honestly, if you're wondering… I can't make a header image work on mine, somehow.)

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  7. I love the one of the Victorian Woman Reading. There's something quietly intimate and vulnerable about it. She's on her own in her room, reading by the window for the light… there's a few flower pots sitting in the window that is half shaded by the curtain. All you can see of her is her back, particularly that of her neck.I wonder who the artist was and who she was to him? Perhaps just his wife reading while he painted.

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  8. If you're asking for opinions then it's the final one – repose. I saw it somewhere and loved it so much that I bought a couple of postcards of it. One was on my work diary and gave a feeling of stillness each time I saw it. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.

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  9. I love the one where she is at the table reading in a cafe and also the one where she is reading facing the window so her back is to us. I loved the last one, too! Such great ones to choose from. Either one you pick will add a great splash of color to your header 🙂 Its funny that you want to add color, while I'm thinking of taking away color.

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  10. Woman Reading by Deineka is my favorite. It's probably because I do most of my reading at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee. I see that you have Astrid and Veronika in your side widget. I loved that book. Now I think I want to reread it! Have a great week. 🙂

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  11. I think you should keep the black and white photo and find some way to add a bit of color into it. Do you know anyone good with photoshop who could perhaps color some of the background, or the dress, or something, sort of like people used to do with colored pencils on bw photos?

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  12. These are all very beautiful, but my favorite at the moment is the first one.I've just posted a review for the JLC-5, but I am not sure where to link to; please advise. Thanks!

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  13. one or three would be my choices, like one because it appears less formal more relaxed, but i like three because she relaxed totally in her own world, it's like some idyll & the image with the book reminds of the header at the moment, it has that same sensuality to it.

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  14. I love the header you're using now. If I were to change I would have chosen no. 1 or Victorian Woman Reading. The first for its elegance, the Victorian for its beautiful light.

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  15. For each of you who have commented a heartfelt thank you. It is so difficult to choose; I put them all up because there was something I liked about each one. My personal favorite is the Deineka, closely followed by Repose (the last one). However, as Carl suggested (along with a few others) why change the black and white Nina Leen photograph? This is a worthy point, as in my endless quest for the perfect one maybe it's best to leave it all as it is. For now, the black and white will stay.But, when it's time to make a change, perhaps in the fall, don't be surprised to see the Deineka woman exchanged. At least for awhile.

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  16. I like the Woman Reading In the Garden… and it's not a close-up, so it just denotes a universal woman.All beautiful for a header pic. Also, some time ago you were inviting us to read along any Western novels. Is that challenge still on? I've just finished reading True Grit by Charles Portis, wondering if I'll join you all in posting my review. Or, have I passed the deadline? A Moveable Feast has arrived. I'll read that for the Paris in July entry. I've enjoyed your Paris posts.

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  17. Arti, I read The Virginian for C. B. James' Hop-along, Git-along Western Challenge which was for the month of May. However, I think it would be wonderful to read your thoughts on True Grit. I started it, for the challenge, and couldn't finish it (despite the film being so popular this year, and I know the book is highly regarded, too). Glad you liked the Paris posts; hopefully, I'll have a few more before July is finished. Looking forward to your thoughts on A Moveable Feast, too.

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  18. I really love your current header, I always admire it when I vist. But colour is good too. These are all lovely – my favourite is the Alexander Deineka and I like the Victorian woman reading as well – can't wait to see what you choose!

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  19. Bellezza, it just has to be the last photo!It's the perfect representation of what you do so well after you've read a book – take some repose and reflect on what you've read, so that you can share it with us.Reading alone isn't enough. There needs to be some time for thought!

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  20. MMT, I like the analogy! Are you getting ready to go back to school? Institute Day for us is August 17. 17! I can't believe it's so soon, and that I'm going back to year 27 for me (again with no air conditioning). However, I am looking forward to meeting the dear children.

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  21. That's one of my favorites, too, Madeleine. When I change, if I change, I think that's the one I'll put up. I like the last one very much, but her face is so crabby! Up close, that is…

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