Thursday, June 30, 2016
"From the Kitchen Window": we see the detail of a 19th Century moment as the woman (mother, servant, older sister?) apparently reacts to the arrival or departure of someone outside. We are set back from the action (visually) by the length of floor space. The light is so soft, muted, pearl-like.
Even the baby is interested to see what is happening; the cat wonders too. So there is a quiet tension, somehow.
The painter worked with interiors like this, still life, portrait, etc.
Evans, along with his three daughters, was lost in the shipwreck of the SS La Bourgogne in 1898; the ship was a fairly new and fast steamer, hit in fog by a sailing vessel. Huge loss of life for the time, about 500; it was an elite ship, used by wealthy people for relatively speedy transport to and from Europe.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
It is not too large, so easily toured in a leisurely morning. The museum owns a well rounded collection of older American landscape and portraits paintings, modern, Native American, African artifacts and special temporary installations.
We seem to enjoy discovering the 19th Century American regional painters of landscapes from the period. That seems to be our comfort level.
Then, it is interesting to stretch the boundaries with more modern pieces. I don't necessarily "like" this type of experience, but "making us think" is fine, too. Mostly, I think I like my old landscapes.
But certainly, I am willing to look at something new.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Hyper-materialism on display.
Worlds Largest Disney Store
A tiny toddler princess tosses a hat on the floor and refuses to pick it up. Both parent's plant the flag on the point that "she will pick it up". Well, no she won't. (Baby too young for The Worlds Biggest Disney Store).
Constantly, though out the day, I saw parents hauling tiny kids far to young for such a big day. Why not leave the babies with Grandma and take the 8-pluses?
Too me, all this would not be fun, this would be pressure.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
|American Tragedies: Dangers in Paradise|
A bright young lady from our extended family needed a help in situating herself for her second 6-mos. internship at Disney World. It happened that we arrived in Orlando 3 days after the night club shooting and on the evening of the alligator incident at the Grand Floridian Resort.
We stayed at a Marriott that also had a lovely lagoon full of wild creatures. I wondered, that evening, as we explored our resort, "how careful does one have to be about 'gators?" I've never been to Florida before. My answer? stay away from the lagoon's edge. Not that easy for inquisitive toddlers, sadly. And how is a young Dad from Nebraska to suspect this could happen?
The Dangers of Paradise. This photo was taken last Thursday from a monorail: the flags at half-staff and the fateful beach area beyond, all edged in black.