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A Painting To View February 19, 2018

6a00d83452615669e200e54f4c6e148834-115si   Virginia Wolff Knitting, a portrait done by her sister Vanessa Bell, 1912.  This painting is in The National Portrait Gallery in London.  I was recently in London visiting family and friends.  Number 1 on my list of things I wanted to do – if I was on my own – was to visit the National Portrait Gallery.  Well the visit with family and friends was completely taken up with wonderful activities which did not include the NPG.  Save that for next time.  There is so much to do in London!!!

 

The Puzzle Revisited January 11, 2018

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Progress has been made on the lower part of the puzzle but I’m really struggling with the upper part.  Please note the missing piece on the right of the puzzle.  THE CAT is the villain.

Meanwhile it’s still raining outside.  Rain, rain, rain.  I think I prefer it to the icy conditions recently experienced on the East Coast.  I was particularly struck by the pictures of  ice and snow in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit Maine.

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Christmas Eve Snowfall December 25, 2017

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IMG_4988             Katerina’s paw prints

The snow came as I watched the Seahawks win over the Dallas Cowboys.  An exciting game and crucial for the Seahawks to have any chance of reaching the playoffs this year.  Go Seahawks.

25586970_1517724305009952_5569581375528086428_o  Winter Scene by Peter Breugel

 

Cat Paintings – Pierre Bonnard November 22, 2016

Filed under: Cats,Paintings,Pierre Bonnard — Janet @ 1:44 pm

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Autumn Is Coming August 27, 2016

Filed under: Fruit,Gardening,Painting,Paintings,Seasons,Skagit Valley,Travel — Janet @ 1:08 am

We went up to the Skagit Valley for a 24 hour getaway.  It was wonderful.  It is such a beautiful area between the mountains and the sea.  Fields of fruit trees, flowers, corn and much more .  This morning I took an early morning amble outside our bedroom.  I thought I was in the Garden of Eden, a pear tree, a plum tree, fruit just dropping at my feet – and then a cat appeared to confirm my feeling.  She/he scampered off and disappeared in the field of corn.

Yesterday evening there was a great squawking overhead.  We went out on our deck to see what that was all about.  GEESE – IN  V  FORMATION.  Superb!

I had the intention of possibly finding/buying a painting of this beautiful valley – but failing that I feel inspired to try creating one oneself.  There is a lot of subject matter!

 

IMG_1123  pears abound       IMG_1121  Ripe for the picking. and note all the pears and plums on the ground

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Quintessentially English June 21, 2016

Filed under: Artists,Cricket,Paintings — Janet @ 2:54 pm

Marylebone cricket clubPortrait of gentlemen gathered outside the Marleybone Cricket Club at Lords – including W G Grace, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII)

Artist Henry Barraud

 

Spring Blooms May 15, 2016

A few days ago I took a walk around the block.  What a colorful array of blossoms – it was beautiful!

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My neighborhood’s blooms leads me to recommend a wonderful book

IMG_0279  Beatrix Potter’s Garden – inspiring for its art work, history, biography, photographs.  Wonderful inspiration for gardening enthusiasts.