Monday, November 26, 2012

What Did I Sell Yesterday?

I am so glad that you asked. Well, I sold Earnest the Seal at A Show of Hands on Mt. Vernon Avenue, in Alexandria's fabulously funky Del Ray neighborhood.
a show of hands
They have one remaining animal painting of mine for sale, and yes, it is crazy and fabulous.
Mrs. William Wegman

She is one sexy b****!

An animal lover,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sweet Tooth

Who said that I had a sweet tooth? Surely, you are incorrect!! My art is a manifestation of an obsession with desserts?? huh?

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Phildelphia Museum of Art

One of my favorite Monet Paintings

Turkish Cradle

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located on the sweeping Ben Franklin Parkway, is filled with such treasures.

I was swept off my feet with the extensive Impressionist collection, and the many rooms of exotic temples, French cloisters, etc., gathered from all over the world. It must be seen to be believed.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

National Cathedral of Washington

Outside the Children's Chapel

Needlepoint seat cushions inside the children's chapel

The Children's Chapel

Main Altar

The choir and organ
Dear Imaginary Friends,

I recently had the privilege of participating in a private group tour provided by Karen Miller, a very well-informed tour guide, of the Washington National Cathedral.
It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. Unfortunately, extensive damage occurred during the earthquake here of August 2011, and some repairs are ongoing.
One highlight for me was the very charming Children's Chapel.
This august Gothic building has been the locale of many VIP funerals, and is the final resting place of Woodrow Wilson.
It is the only cathedral in the world to feature a moon rock in one of the stained glass windows.

Your imaginary tourist,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Dear Imaginary Friends,

Philadelphia has been the butt of many jokes over the years.
Imaginary contest:
First prize is one week in Philly.
Second prize is two weeks in Philly.

And though the title of that sitcom, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is truly sarcastic, Philly has something big to recommend it: Wonderful art museums.

Carlo and I just spent two days in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Collection, and the Rodin Museum, which are all conveniently located on Ben Franklin Parkway.
From the huge and encyclopedic PMofA, to the tiny Rodin, there is much to take in.

And to make things gastronomically intriguing, the museums have wonderful cafes inside, and Philadelphia being a student-oriented town, has many vegetarian restaurants. Last Saturday night, we dined at the exquisitely creative Vedge, located in the former Princeton Club. Wow, the things they can do with ordinary ingredients, such as cauliflower and eggplant. It is hard to believe how many layers of flavor and how many ingredients are combined to create the most unique vegan dishes, including a mysteriously delicious cheesecake. Make your reservation way in advance, or you can sit at the bar, if you are more a last minute person and a gambler.

Indian Temple at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Iranian room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

My Pomegranate Sangria at Vedge

All of the above destinations are in center city Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the drive via I-95 from Washington is a lengthy four hours. Hurricane Sandy got in the way. too. Part of 95 near Wilmington was closed. Two of the big rest stops were closed in Maryland. Nonetheless...

Thumbs up, Philly!

Your imaginary Traveler,

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Pair of Pears

Dear Imaginary Friends,

What tastes better in autumn than a nice juicy Bartlett pear? Not much, so I painted the same pear in two different poses as a visual poem to its tastiness. The first one is the pear at attention and the second one is the lazy recumbent pear.

Yellow Pear, 7 x 5", Oil

Pear Down, 7" x 5", Oil

Harmony in Green, 16 x 20", Oil 

I also painted a green chicken. Check it out! It is a safe bet that this is the first and last painting you will ever see of a green chicken! You will notice the same silver tumbler appears in two paintings, as does the same Bartlett pear. Hey, a girl only has so much stuff to paint! The cast has a broad repertory of poses, much like musical chairs.

The Yellow Pear and the Harmony in Green, aka, Green Chicken, were hung today by yours truly in my one woman show at River Farm. If you haven't seen the show yet, it is up through January 7, 2013.
Your Imaginary Friend,