Monday, November 29, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Great Chinese State Circus - Swan Lake

A friend sent this to me & I thought I'd share.
The performance is amazing!

Friday, November 26, 2010

just finished reading

I've been thinking about it ever since I finished reading.
To me, that's a good book.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

a new little bird

5" x 7"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

morning glory

Hope your mornings
and your days are glorious!

morning glory watercolor
I'm linking up to Mosaic Monday
There you'll find links to many wonderful mosaics.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

following Van Gogh's irises

I love the work of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists,
most of all the work of Vincent Van Gogh.
I am currently reading a little book called

There is a very interesting appendix that follows the ownership
of Van Gogh's "Irises", one of my most favorite paintings.
I often wonder how museums come to own such famous works.

Vincent Van Gogh painted "Irises" in 1889, while being treated at 
an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.  He considered it a nature study.
Theo Van Gogh (Vincent's brother) who was an art dealer, 
saw that it was much more than a study.

Theo had stored many of Vincent's painting with Pere Tanguy, 
who owned an art supply shop and gallery.  "Irises" was among those paintings.
Theo died shortly after Vincent and Pere arranged a sale of 
Vincent's work for Theo's widow.

Octave Mirbeau was the first owner of "Irises" in 1892.  He bought "Irises" 
and "Three Sunflowers" for 600 francs.

The second owner of this painting was Auguste Pellerin, a margarine manufacturer,
who bought it in 1905.  He sold "Irises" in 1925 (probably to finance 
the purchase of work by Paul Cezanne).

The third owner was Jacques Doucet, a fashion designer.  
"Irises" hung in his study along with works by Manet, Monet, Degas & Cezanne.
Before his death in 1929, the painting had been loaned to The Museum of Modern Art in NY.
In 1935, Doucet's widow arranged for the sale of her late husband's collection. 
The painting was loaned to museums for Van Gogh exhibitions. 

The records become vague until it was purchased by Joan Whitney Payson in 1947.  
She was hesitant to buy it at the asking price of $80,000.

Whitney's son inherited the painting in 1975 and placed it for auction in 1987.
Purchase price was $53.9 million to Australian Alan Bond.

Bond had a turn in fortune and had to default on the purchase.
In 1990, the Getty Museum acquired the painting, in a private 
& undisclosed transaction.  "Irises" was made part of the permanent
collection in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

it's my birthday

morning glory
8"x10" watercolor

It's my birthday!  I don't mind getting older at all...... I never have minded age.
I make it a  point to treasure each day, each year.

Free shipping, today only, at my Etsy if you mention
"Happy Birthday" with your order.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

morning in the sun room

The day is crisp and clear here.  
Blue sky and lots of sunshine through the leaves on the trees. 
I'm glad I brought my geraniums in this year.  I'll probably paint them.
I love the beauty and challenge of white flowers.