Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swings and Catttails

There is a swing in the forrest behind our home that begs being swung on.

 Our kids had a date in the big city and the grandkids came to play.  It is February....can you believe the girls were in shorts?  It was just a beautiful day!

 There is a little swing, just Claire's size...
 but she did eventually get brave enough to ride on the big swing that swings over the gully.


Hannah had us pose for photos.





 A few silly ones too




On the way back to the house, the girls had fun with the cattails in the creek,
(usually pronounced "krick" in this neck of the woods).








"It's like we live inside a snow globe!"

 It is not fun getting the seeds in the mouth, however.  ugh.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Going to the art musuem

I had Bible study in Wichita this morning.  Sarah wasn't able to go along today and with Allen working late tonight, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go to the Wichita Art Musuem.

A few days ago I asked Al if he'd like to go with me, but he does NOT like art museums.  No appreciation at all.  BORING for him. Especially hates modern art.  

Once at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, our granddaughter saw some modern art and commented "I can paint better than that!"

Anyway, today was a good day for me to go!  


I am so glad to have Google Maps!
Downtown Wichita around the river bend is so directionally challenging!
And I think I'm pretty good with directions - just not his place!


It was only $5 with my senior discount.  Saturdays are free but since I was in town anyway...

There is a Chihuly glass floor on the 2nd level.  If you want to walk on it, you have to take your shoes off.  You can read about this artist here.





 


I came mostly to see the Hudson River School Landscapes, a collection of 41 masterpieces of early American art history.

It is on display  through April 30.
 You can just feel the power of the falls in this painting!   The roar of the water!  I would have been terrified to be at the edge of that rock!  Crazy men!


The Kindred Spirits is a painting by Asher Brown Durand, a member of the Hudson River School of painters. It depicts the painter Thomas Cole, who had died in 1848, and his friend, the poet William Cullen Bryant, in the Catskill Mountains.

Can you just imagine these chaps dragging their art equipment along the Hudson River (probably not any good roads, for sure!)  


But what magnificent artwork!




 I loved this one!   The paint shimmered and was layered in such a beautiful way!!  

My copy was blurry, so I found this on-line.  (Odd thing though, it was flipped.)
 'Study from Nature: Rocks and Trees', by Asher Brown Durand

There were other works in the museum to see.

 Bronc Twister by Charles Russell  -   cast bronze

 Cut paper sculpture - Clark Britton
The Raven               Man Driving Car
 The Homesteader - by N.C. Wyeth
Painted as an illustration for a story by Wilbur Daniel Steele entitled "Green Vigil: A Saga of the West" printed in Ladies Home Journal in Sept. 1930.
"Ivy stands atop a hill where she recently buried her husband."  
A tribute to those who settled the west.



Mary Cassatt's "Mother and Child"  (1890)

There is a children's area and there are classes offered too!


 The original copies of the husband and wife above:
 Doesn't she look like a man?


Digital art -
I think it was a murder mystery, but I don't know it; filmed in a wierd way.




Lloyd Atkins, blown glass 1957
Steuben Division, Corning Glass Works


I have a 3 branch candelabra too!
Mom used it at her wedding in 1949, I used it in mine in 1975 and Jill used it in her wedding in 2002.


What a fun time I had!!