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The Winter Canvas: A Daniel Block Story

The Winter Canvas: A Daniel Block Story

Magdeburg November 28, 1636   Daniel von Block sat dangerously close to his fireplace as he read again the devastating letter in his hand. He couldn’t believe it . . . your unethical behavior during the mural competition has brought into question your...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode Three

Painted Into a Corner, Episode Three

PART THREE   Magdeburg, November 12, 1636   Daniel von Block sat in his studio, drinking hot black coffee and watching embers glow in the stove that heated the room. He was cold, but more than that, he was frustrated. Now that phase two of the competition...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode Two

Painted Into a Corner, Episode Two

PART TWO   Magdeburg, October 1, 1636 Lady Beth heard the pounding in her head and thought she was dreaming. Or was it a nightmare? Unfortunately, it persisted, and finally she awoke enough to realize that it was not her headache-addled mind, nor was it the touch...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. —Pablo Picasso   PART ONE   Magdeburg, September 1636   Sophia crashed through the door of...
The Multi-Colored King

The Multi-Colored King

Magdeburg, June 1636 Rebecca Abrabanel greeted Dr. James Nichols at her front door.“James, please come in,” she said, standing aside to let him in.In a room on the floor above them, her children, Sepharad and Baruch, were playing with a new friend:...
The Persistence of Dreams

The Persistence of Dreams

Grantville, May 1636Daniel Block stretched his aching back, then tilted his canvas to capture more of the fading light of the evening. The reddish hue changed the colors on his palette, giving Fraulein Barnes’s pale arms and shoulders an orange tint that he...