Sue’s Word a Week Challenge: Anyone for chess?

This pic was taken on the deck of our cruise ship as we sailed into Amsterdam at the end of our Rhine cruise.


Some of the houses we saw in Le Petite France in Strasbourg, were decorated with squares and crosses.


With their solid, half-timbered exteriors and rather small windows, I thought they were really charming, and they reminded me of some of the Tudor style houses I’ve seen in England.


My last squares pic is a fun painting done by my sister. Lately, she had been experimenting with different styles, and I really like this. I’m so proud of her. She has been chosen to represent South Africa in an International Arts and Culture exhibition in Russia, and leaves for Moscow on 23rd of this month, together with dozens of her paintings. To see more of her work you can click here.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics for Sue’s ‘Word a Week Challenge’. To visit her blog and see more bloggers’ interpretations, just click here.

84 comments on “Sue’s Word a Week Challenge: Anyone for chess?

  1. Your sister’s work is remarkable. I am in the middle of reading “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I am fascinated by how artist’s view the world. They have a unique perspective. Thanks for the introduction to your sister!

  2. Great pic, and perfect in B&W.There’s a giant chess set in Hyde Park, here, in Sydney, and the public play it at lunch time. It’s fascinating to watch (I don’t have a chess brain) Your sister is incredibly talented. What a range if styles!

  3. now Chess is my thing although I am not playing currently – I used to play between games of badminton in my off courst time and when the internet got going I played on line running up to 16 games at one time remembering the plan through notes – I like the last 2 very much

  4. What a beautiful chess set Sylvia and I just love the painting! Your sister is very talented. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  5. the woman in the red room, very interesting style of painting – Klimt without any gold – and congrats to the painter, your sister for “She has been chosen to represent South Africa in an International Arts and Culture exhibition in Russia”

  6. Your multi-talented family never fails to amaze me (yourself included). Your sister’s paintings are charming and beautiful. She certainly has changed style and I like it.

  7. Interesting shots. I remember similar buildings in a previous post. How their flower boxes softened each building’s lines when compared to those in this post. That’s a wonderful painting. Your Sister is quite talented and you’ve good reason to be proud. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, CJ. Yes, the flower boxes do soften the lines of the houses. I think these could do with a few. πŸ™‚ My sister has astounded us all since she decided to try her hand at painting about eight years ago.

  8. Love the chess photo…and the others too! My kids all know how to play chess…their dad (my late husband) taught them…should have them teach me….they would LOVE this!! πŸ˜€ As for me…I’d just love to travel….since I cannot at the moment I will live vicariously through your posts…if you don’t mind πŸ˜‰ Blessings! ~

  9. quelle case sull’acqua mi hanno deliziato!
    colori molto accesi nei quadri di tua sorella , mi hanno ricordato quelli di Modigliani
    abbi una dolce notte

    those houses on the water I was delighted!
    very bright colors in the paintings of your sister, I have mentioned those of Modigliani
    have a sweet night

    • Thanks so much, I didn’t see anyone actually playing with these giant chess pieces. I suppose I should at least have tried lifting one, just to see if they were as heavy as they looked. πŸ™‚

  10. Great photos. I took a look at your sister’s website…. what a talent! If the painting above is the direction she is going in, I love it… and I hope she will keep pushing the boundaries.

    • Thanks, Col. She has only found out that she could paint about 8 years ago, and is always trying new and different styles. This is her latest. It’s quite quirky, but I like it. πŸ™‚

  11. Your sister’s painting is gorgeous! I love that style of art – and the color really makes an impact. I’ll go look at her other stuff now…..

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