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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Trip to the Art Museum...and other excitements...

My younger sister, Angela, attends college in Buffalo...which is about an hour away from where we live. She desperately wanted me to make the long drive with her when she went to by next semester's books...and thought she would sweeten the deal by throwing in a trip to an art museum. This is usually a good way to win me over ;)! I absolutely love to trips to museums...especially any that have impressionist and post-impressionist works...which I knew that the Albright-Knox had.

So on Thursday afternoon the two of us drove out for the excursion. It's true what they say about the cold Buffalo weather...we had to do some walking to get to the museum from her college...and brrrrrr...was it cold!!! I should have opted for the heavier winter jacket to the more fashionable tweed peacoat. Next time. As soon as we entered the gallery I was immediately captivated. I saw works from one of my favorite painters (and name of my next puppy...whom shall come along when Renoir is a bit older I think ;)...Matisse.

These works lined the hall...I love his simplicity and use of color:
I am also attracted to the ornate frames that hold many of the paintings. The amazing detail is a work of art in and of itself! (I apologize for the blurry photographs in this post...flash is not allowed in the museum and I unfortunately did not bring the tripod...so my rather unsteady hand was all the support I had for the day!). I can't help but picture these frames in my own home...painted white of course!These next two immediately reminded me of my sister and I knew they would strike her fancy...which of course...they did...ultra modern:
Those are all tiny mirrors on strings so they move back and forth:
This was more up my alley...I want to jump right into this interior...isn't it so charming?
A Picasso:
Another of my sister's fav's:
The room made of all mirrors...there is actually a desk and chair inside that are made of mirrors too...oh and yes that's me!
A light display on the floor that altered and changed:
Downstairs, one of the current exhibits, "In the City: Works on Paper from the Collection," was held.
I found this one particularly enjoyable...especially because it looked like a quaint old town where I would enjoy living:
My absolute favorite place in the WHOLE world...Washington Square Park in NYC:
I thought this was one was cute...especially the little dog that reminded me of Renoir:

After we went through the other special exhibits (where photos were not allowed), we made our way back to the main floor. There were several more paintings from the early 1900's (my favorite era). The colors of this one captivated me:
And of course...I cannot resist a Monet!
A lovely work from Van Gogh:
I always find Toulouse Lautrec's work to be so intriguing and whimsical:
And a large Matisse...was right near the end of our trip through. I just stood and stared for awhile.

The simplicity and boldness of his color choices always move me.
I was truly inspired after my trip to the Albright-Knox. I cannot wait until I can get this darn studio of mine cleaned up so I can start doing some paintings of my own! I have so many ideas swirling in my head and can't wait to put them down on canvas!


Other happenings around here...I received my FIRST ever blogging award!!! The lovely and sweet Kerryanne from Shabby Art Boutique gave me the "You Make My Day Award" which I was thrilled to receive! I have decided to pass this honor on to Shana from Crossroads Cottage. She certainly made my day with her post about the opening of my new site!!! And I always find something interesting on her blog and website! Love her!

And some big news...my FIRST article has been published! It is in Somerset Wedding Vol. IV. I actually have not seen it yet (it comes out Feb. 1st), but Lennea from Creative Call Studios sent me a congratulations email after she got her mag and saw the article. I can't wait to see my work in print! How exciting!

8 comments:

Once Upon a Cottage said...

You new website sounds FANTASTIC! I can't wait to see it. My very favorite store out here in Ohio is White Cottage - your new shop Painted White sounds like it will have a similar feel. I love the name you chose. Best of luck with your new shop!
hugs
Lennea

Antique Paperie said...

Oh what a fabulous visit! I too LOVE Washington Square - Have many photos from when I went. I had an Apple, got bored because we were waiting on our tour guide - and then I actually laid on the GROUND (and looked totally like the tourist I was) and took about 25 photos, trying to get a "good angle"...haha! It was gorgeous. We went to a Museum but I cannot remember which it was - Closer to Manhattan? Anyway, thank you Alice for this trip through the museum, I literally felt I was there by looking at your photos and reading what you wrote about all the Artwork! Have I told you that I LOVE the name you chose for your Dog!! Renoir.....Love it!
xo Sherri

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh gosh, don't you LOVE everything at an art musuem?!! I could spend days and days wandering and wondering...imagining the hand that touched the canvas, the life behind the touch... It's humbling to be in front of the same painting at the same spot the painter stood. So, so romantic! Blessings... Polly (p.s. I'll update my links)

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

Thank you for posting about your fabulous trip to the art museum, I almost felt like I was there :-) It looks like you and your sister had a really good time together.

I envy that you can paint, Alice! My Dad was a painter, but sadly I did not inherit that particular talent from him. Can't wait to see your new paintings and your new site! And congrats on being published, too...now that's REALLY fabulous news :-)
Best Wishes,
Julie

Shana said...

Thanks for the award, Alice. Glad I 'made your day'. I'll be sure to pass it along! :-)

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Alice! Oh what a fantastic post, loved it all, thanks for posting all these wonderful photos! Museums and Art Galleries....any time at all for us too! Cuddle for Renoir! Jenn and Jacqui

NAME: CIELO said...

Good morning Alice! Thanks for letting me know about your change of address.... :) I have changed the link on my blog, so I can continue visiting you. You have a lovely home, and I enjoy coming here.

Have a nice day

Cielo

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hi Alice, Congrats on your name change and all of this excitement of changing your blog etc... I am trying to add you to my google reader but it doesn't recognize you yet. (if you don't have google reader... You MUST get it.. it is so wonderful for keeping track of blogs).

Love the new name! and congratulations on getting your work published. xo heather