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The Bookstore

The Bookstore


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  • When I first saw this watercolor on New Harbinger Publisher's web site, I found myself strongly drawn to the painting. The mood, the setting, the bookstore in the background... it was as though I could remember being there, that I was the woman sitting quietly, engrossed in her book.

    With a bit of research, I was able to find the artist who created the original painting. This is what I learned: The Bookstore was created by watercolor artist Peter Fanning in 1998 for a New Harbinger catalog cover. The setting is loosely based on the town square in Healdsburg, California, and his wife posed for the reader. The bookstore is imaginary.

    It is with Peter Fanning's kind permission that this virtual art has comfortably settled-in on my web site. Unfortunately, Mr. Fanning has lost track of the buyer, so the original painting is somewhere out there.

    To view other artwork by Peter Fanning, or to browse his online catalog, please visit his website at

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    Sunday, August 30, 2009