Friday, May 18, 2018

International Museum Day

Since today's hashtag is #InternationalMuseumDay, I thought I'd show you some of my favorite paintings from my local museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I'm incredibly lucky to be a subway ride away from The Met.  I can easily pop in any time and get a dose of great art, something I really needed when I hit a creative wall last year.

You could spend a month in the building and not see everything, so I picked out a few of the pieces that I'm sure to see every time I visit.

This is my all time favorite painting in The Met, Woman With A Pink, by Rembrandt.

Being a floral painter, I always stop to see the Fantin-Latour's.  Above is Summer Flowers, the painting below is Roses In A Bowl.

The Dance Class

Love all of Degas Dancer paintings and sculptures.

The Dancing Class

Of course, I always visit the VanGogh's.  This is one of my favorites of the Sunflowers.  One of these days I'm going to try doing a copy of it.

Roses, Vincent Van Gogh

I can't pass by the most famous woman in The Met, Sargent's Madame X.

The Pink Dress, Berthe Morisot

I always visit the Monet's.  Years ago while visiting France, I trekked to Rouen just to see the Cathedral.  It was pretty amazing to see the building that I knew so well from the paintings.

Garden At Sainte Adresse

Morning On The Seine Near Giverny

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite paintings from The Met.  By the way, these and thousands more of their works are now in the public domain, so if anything catches your eye, you can download the images for yourself.  Have a good weekend and enjoy the Royal Wedding!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cherry Blossoms

Hi All and Happy Mother's Day.  Last week we had some beautiful spring weather, so I wandered around taking photos of my favorite trees, cherry blossoms.  I'm glad I did, because the cool weather and rain moved in Saturday about 3 AM and according to the 10 day forecast, it will be rainy and gray until a week from Tuesday.  Grrr.

So I thought I would post some pictures to remind us all of spring.  Hope you enjoy!

I love pink snow :)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

As promised in my last post, here are some pics from my visit to Santa Fe.  While my reason for being there was a workshop, I'd never been there before, so I was excited to explore the city.

My first stop was the famous Canyon Road.  Galleries line both sides of the famous street and I stopped into just about every one.

I was very excited to visit Sage Creek Gallery.  I've been reading about it for years and so it was on the top of my list of places to see.  Living in NYC, there are not too many galleries showing the kind of work that I do, but Sage Creek seems to represent all of my favorite artists.  I had a great time wandering around and looking at the paintings of artists that I had only seen in magazines and online.  If only I had a few thousand dollars to spare, there were a few paintings I would have loved to take home with me!

After the workshop finished I had almost an entire day before leaving for home.  On the advice of the hotel shuttle driver, I visited the Santa Fe Farmers Market and The Artists Market.  I'm so glad he suggested I do this as I really enjoyed both places.

I started in the farmers market.  I love visiting markets when I'm traveling and this was one of my faves.  There were vendors with many new to me items.  Of course, I came home with various spices to try out, as well as a few items made by New Mexico artisans ( my favorite: a hot pad done in a map of New Mexico, done by a local artist).

There was also a ton of good food available, too bad I had already eaten!

The Artist Market is out back from the farmers market in the Santa Fe Rail Yard.  If you have ever been to the Rhinebeck Craft Fair, it is like that, but takes place every Saturday.  I walked through twice, and of course came home with a bunch of handmade ceramics.  It was really nice to see a place where artists are supported and have a chance to sell their work.

After the markets, it was on to The Plaza.  It's a bit touristy, but there was some cool stuff there, including an oxygen bar that I wish I'd known about at the beginning of my trip.

One of the best things about visiting Santa Fe, for me, was seeing some sunshine after weeks of gray dreariness.  The sun and blue skies really revived me after our never ending winter here in New York.

I had a great week visiting Santa Fe and can't wait to go back.  I'll tell you all about the workshop in another post.  It was a good one!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Visit To The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

On my recent visit to Santa Fe, visiting the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was at the top of my list of places to see.  I've seen O'Keeffe's work in various museums, but I had never seen a complete exhibition of her work, so it was very interesting to see so much of it in one place.

As I'm still typing with one hand, I'm just going to post the paintings, but if you would like the title of a specific painting, leave me a comment and I'll post it there.

I've always been a fan of the floral paintings.  The prevailing wisdom over the years is that they are representing vaginas, even making it into a Breaking Bad episode.  However, I just happened upon an article in The Guardian regarding the 2016 O'Keefe show at the Tate Modern, stating that the reference to female genitalia came from Alfred Stieglitz, not from O'Keeffe herself, and that she always denied that there was a sexual component to the paintings.

If you are ever in Santa Fe, don't miss seeing this museum.  Not only is it filled with beautiful artwork, but I must give a shout out to the staff.  Everyone from the ladies at the reception desk to the security guards could not have been nicer or more helpful.  Since that is not always the case here in New York, it was a nice change.  They also have lockers available, so you don't have to schlep your stuff all over the museum.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these paintings.  I'll have more Santa Fe photos coming soon.

UPDATE:  I forgot one of my favorite pics, Georgia's paintbox!