My wife went on one of those tears we will go on, looking for paintings of people reading. One of her little gems is a print of a Japanese prostitute reading, and that someow set her off. I'm not sure first one exactly qualifies as reading, but it's a pleasing picture. This painting is by a Brazilian named José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, a 19th-Century painter. This is the painter and his model as she takes a break from posing. You can noodle around and find more Júnior paintings … they are nice looks at people, let you really see them.
This one is by Anders Zorn, 1860-1920, a Swedish painter. Anders's wife, Emma, is the subject. Looks like José had a livelier studio. Emma looks a little grim.
And this a peach blossom out in the back yard, Today this little tree has two pretty little blooms. I consider this another example of optimism triumphing over good sense. Pretty sure the tree will get nipped by a freeze before too long but admire it nonetheless for popping them out.