Thursday, June 28, 2012

Medusa by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

This is the most AWESOME picture I've ever seen of Medusa!  I found it in the Musee d' Orsay in Paris.  I've never heard of this artist and plan to do some research on him.  In the meantime, enjoy.

His name is Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, 1865-1953.  Their collection held quite a few very striking, uh, portraits, if you will.  All of them gave you a definite mood.

This one is by the same artist, and once again, gives you a particular feeling.  He was very expressive.  Like!
I'm BAACK!  It's been a long sabbatical from you!  The summer has been extremely busy and we've been gone, in fact, finally this week I've been able to start digging through art supplies and ideas and working in my studio.  Here's one little corner. 

Note the absinthe candies on my lamp.  We just got back from Europe and I bought them somewhere in Paris, I think - oh yeah, at the Musee d' Orsay!  Of course, that's where they have a lot of Impressionist works.

 Note Degas' Absinthe Drinker below; a controversial picture in its own rite.  Absinthe was a green alcohol of which many artists of that day partook.  It was sometimes referred to as The Green Fairy.


Friday, June 15, 2012

A Visit to the Louvre in Paris

We just got back from a three-country European tour, with our last stop in Paris.  This is a short video I took just to give the flavour of what it's like walking through the Louvre, and how many walk WITH you as you progress!  What a museum!  And yes, we were allowed to take videos and pictures, as long as you didn't use a flash.  That surprised me as most museums don't permit this anymore.

Most people understand you couldn't see everything they have in less than a month.  I do know that I walked my little legs off on the only day I could go, and barely scratched the surface.  As this was our second time there, I knew what I was up against and simply enjoyed the day, picking out a few particular must-sees, and enjoying surprises as they came along.
Here I am getting ready to enter the Louvre.  It's a big, U-shaped building which comprises, as I understand, eight miles of galleries.  I believe it.
 What you see here is under the glass pyramid, once you've entered.  It gives access to all the wings and levels, and is a beautiful sight in itself.
 I took this shot of the pyramid and its surrounding pools as I sat on a balcony having lunch.
 This was under one of the lesser pyramids.  They bring great light into the halls below, and are so sumptuous to behold.
 Yep.  There it is.  Right... THERE!

Friday, June 1, 2012

We just got back from England, Germany and France and I'm excited to do some posting on the art and museums, among other things, that we experienced.  We have some out-of-country company coming tomorrow; I'll start adding things next week when things calm down.