The artwork of Paul Beliveau inspires and amazes me for so many reasons.  For starters, these are paintings, not photographs!  That fact alone is enough to transfix me to these images.  Another, is the subject matter.  I often feel ambivalent about the future of books as we know them today.  As an avid reader, I adore my new iPad for the convenience and even the environmental factor, but the luddite in me has a house chock full of book cases filled to the brim.  And, there will always be a place in my heart for coffee table books.  However, a recent road trip with my husband sparked an interesting conversation about the future of libraries. Will these be categorized one day, along with the likes of the horseshoe smithy or tinkerer? Will books be antiques, remembered only in beautiful paintings like these?
Images via: StricoffFineArt

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