Saturday Snapshot Nov.10: A New Gravatar

After a few years of using the blue ripples as my Gravatar, recently I’ve created a new one. It combines several of my interests… at present. I designed the set and took the photo in a mini makeshift ‘studio’, a little corner on a desk.

This Gravatar depicts pages rippling in fight, the soaring power of words. From the symbolic to the actual, most noticeable in the background is my bird book, guide to a new-found passion.

Underneath the pages in flight is Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. While Hemingway may not be my favorite writer, the title of this book is significant, albeit you can’t see it here. Less noticeable is the screenplay I’m writing at the base of the pile. Can you see the brad? And oh, the title of the open book? Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself.

Books, films, birds and screenplay in progress… a moveable feast.


Thanks to Alyce of At Home With Books for hosting Saturday Snapshot.

Posts you may like:

A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway 

Roger Ebert in Toronto: A Close Encounter

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

42 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot Nov.10: A New Gravatar”

  1. Arti you are clever with words and i like the idea of the book rippling and exposing its word power. And we all would like to know more about your script and the message.


    1. Trish,

      Yes, I can really appreciate him more after reading A Moveable Feast. Even though he may not be my fave, I’ve enjoyed his style and the power of simple and direct prose.


  2. Great picture. You’ve thought it through to make it symbolic. I’ve been meaning to read A Moveable Feast for some time, I’m off to read your post first.


    1. Louise,

      You know, what prompted me to read AMF was reading Paula McLain’s book The Paris Wife, about Hemingway’s first wife. Maybe you’d also like to read that book too. It’s really good.


  3. I love your new gravatar, and the way you put it together, but I love most everything you do.

    A Moveable Feast was the novel which finally convinced me to love Hemingway; despite my high school teacher’s best intentions, they could not complete that feat. But, understanding him through that novel made me appreciate his others. Much more than I ever did before.

    Looking forward to our Anna posts, coming in five days. I hope that I can condense what I want to say into meaningful bits; I’m looking forward to your thoughts very much.


    1. Bellezza,

      You’re always the encourager. Thanks for your kind words. I’ve enjoyed our exchanges. And you know what, even if there are differences of opinion, we still keep our mutual visits. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it, re. this magnificent space called the blogosphere. I look forward to your thoughts on Anna K. too. I’m curious to see if we share similar or diff. views on it, and esp. about Anna. Nov. 15, yes, that’s the date when we wrap up the book and release us to see the movie. 😉


  4. I’d noticed the new avatar but hadn’t gotten around to commenting, and now I’m glad I didn’t. It gave you a chance to introduce it properly, and a wonderful job you did – both in the construction and the explanation!

    I’ve no inclination to change mine, but it does suddenly amuse me to think again that “she” is from Mucha’s “Poetry”. He did “Dance”, “Music”, and “Painting” as well – I wonder what “Prose” would have looked like, if he’d illustrated her? 😉

    Do you know what I like best about the avatar-as-photo? The brads in the filmscript. Those bits of “real world” are a wonderful counterpoint.


    1. Linda,

      I’ve always wanted to ask you about your Gravatar. Thanks for sharing here. I admit I’m not familiar with Mucha, so this is just great. What an impressive set of paintings with titles like those… makes me think of the Muses.

      Also, the smallest thing can be the most significant, isn’t it? You’re spot on about the brad. Just that tiny brass head represent so much work, frustration, uncertainty, and hope…


  5. I think the new gravatar is lovely, and I very much enjoyed reading about the thought and the symbolism that went into it. There is always so much care and attention to detail in what you do, Arti – wonderful.


  6. Arti, I just love how you included so gracefully all your interests! This really is a perfect gravatar for Ripple Effects and I love it as a piece of personal art as well! Very nice indeed.


  7. Okay, you haven’t posted AK yet! So I’ll wait and hope to read your words before boarding my painting ladder in an hour or so… It will be hours before I come down. So if I miss being an early commenter, know I’ll be looking forward to reading your thoughts this evening, when I’ll all holy good and tired like Levin coming in from the fields.

    In the meantime, I’ll gush over your new avatar. I like how your image brings to mind the wings of a soaring bird and how it’s anchored by your budding dream of a screenplay. Gosh, Arti, don’t all great works begin with a dream — perhaps fueled by other great works — and at least for some, maybe a prayer or two, that we hope “will rise on wings like eagles?”

    Bravo. Truly, it’s a moveable feast hero sandwich with that open book on top written by your own hero of art critics. 🙂

    Don’t rush. Waiting is good for me.


    1. Janell,

      I think you just missed it by a minute. Anyway, enjoy your painting. Aren’t we all grateful for artistic outlets. The moveable sandwich, LOL! So true, never thought of it. Great idea. And yes, I await too of your pebble in the pond for my Anna K. wrap-up post. Don’t rush. Waiting is good for me. 😉


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