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Exploring Artwork: “Longeuil, Normandie”

Exploring Artworks: My favorite painting in college Lyonel Feininger “Longeuil, Normandie” oil on canvas, painted October 1909 31.75” x 39.75” One day in painting class my professor gave us a task to do. Go into the museum and find our favorite painting and our least favorite painting. I had been to the museum almost daily during the last year and had not ever considered seeing the collection in this frame of mind. But, off I went to the Art Institute of Chicago and saw “Longeuil, Normandie” by Lyonel Feininger. There is a vast array of treasures in the museum, but the great green-yellow sky grabbed me as I walked by. Then I noticed the three guys at the bottom. Such characters! And then the trees, such interesting shapes. Have you seen this painting? Do you love it or hate it? I am providing a link to it on the Art Institute’s website, but the photo doesn’t do it justice. Yet another reminder that art in person is much different then art online. But still worth the look! What is your favorite painting? Hard to choose isn’t it? http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/150071 Follow me here: Share this...

Seed dreaming – Garden planning

We are starting our garden soon. We’ve been poring over seed catalogs. Dreaming of a better tomorrow is always so much fun. It appears that we have good dirt in the back yard and I’ll be posting more as this develops. Now, what does this have to do with art? At the moment, not a lot. However, I hope to grow lots of yummy food and beautiful flowers. I plan to do some paintings out in the garden (pretending I’m Monet or Van Gogh). We hope our daughters learn how to grow their own food, see the connection to the land and how fantastically interesting nature can be. We hope our journey will be beautiful and tasty. I believe that this is a good way to “be the change I want to see in the world”. A line that is bantered about the internet often, but when I actually sat down to think of the change I’d want to see, this was part of it. Starting at home, spending quality time with the kids, giving them a love of gardening and plants, and understanding of where food comes from, eating fresher and healthier; all these things I want in my daily life. This is another way for me to instill a love of this awesome planet into my wonderful daughters. We protect what we love. Follow me here: Share this...