Well, I just got my beloved iMac back from "Melrose Mac" with my ram now maxed out, so that I can get the new Lion operating system. Normally I avoid any changes to my computer and shy away from any sort of updates but apparently I have to get Mac's icloud or I can't keep my email address!! Apparently, I first need to load the previous operating system (which I never did.) Before that, I have to back up my hard drive, so I don't loose everything ... which I have also never done! I know ... Gasp! I do make copies of my photos to discs and upload to Kodak. I mean, I am not totally nuts, just kind of.
Of course, now I hear Kodak online was bought out by Shutterfly, and that they will "move" my photo galleries to their website. EEEEK!!!
Anyway, on to more important things. ART! In 2009, The Huntington reopened the American Art Collection (which is "continually evolving") and it's in its very own (air conditioned) building. A perfect place to get inspired for doing plein air painting and for getting out of the Pasadena heat.
Here's a little sampling from the collection. PLEASE click to enlarge paintings. Especially the landscapes. The details are unbelievable!
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of thing,
but their inward significance.
William McGregor Paxton
This piece, below, is amazing and gigantic...
Frederic E Church
Detail of Chimborazo
Chauncey Bradley Ives
Landscape with Waterfall
Oil on paper mounted on board
Daniel Chester French
John Frederick Kensett
Sketch for Washing Day near Perugia
Oil on Cardboard
(they had the finished piece, but I liked the sketch even better!)
Rock Towers of the Rio Virgin
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places
where other people see nothing.
Detail from A Mountain Stream
Breakfast in Bed
Haviland and Company
designed by Theodore R. Davis
Silver by Tiffany & Co.
Edward Jean Steichen
Snow Bound - Dawn
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
But without it, we go nowhere.
Free Floating Clouds
Acrylic on canvas
Art is not what you see, but what yo make others see.
Well, I'll be back after my hard drive is backed up. Wish me luck! I have no idea what I'm doing!
Blessings and light!