Reading by the Window by Charles James Lewis
One of our local libraries has large framed canvases lining all of the walls, balanced on the tops of the bookshelves. During our last visit there, I noticed the above image, Reading by the Window, and it struck a longing deep within me. The simple beauty of this moment–lounging comfortably with an animal friend and a book before an open window looking out to sea… I can imagine few things more lovely and heart-filling. Though maybe, if I were the artist, I would have also painted a female companion, bending over the reader’s shoulder–a hand resting lightly there–to peer at the words on the page… And a cat. No halcyon scene is complete without a cat.