Monday, February 28, 2011

Daily Bread


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

~Emerson


Clouds Over Mt. Tom. Easthampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monet's Water Lilies -- An Artist's Obsession

Yesterday, Saturday, Susan and I visited the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

I knew the day was to be a day filled with beauty; soon before we left our home I saw this beautiful female cardinal in our backyard sitting on the iron sculpture which holds our Bird-feeder:


As soon as we entered the small gallery where nine Monet's paintings hung, I saw a quote on the wall and I could not but think of my dear and longtime friend, Tara Dillard:

It took me time to understand my waterlilies.
I had planted them for the pleasure of it;
I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.

I photographed no paintings in the gallery as we were asked not to and all of the beautiful works of art are available for viewing online. But here is a photographed of mine of water lilies at Fitzgerald Lake in Northampton, Massachusetts:


Allow me, please, to share with you a few more works of art we enjoyed in the museum. 

Here we find happiness looking at a "Paris Street Scene" by Jean Beraud:


Susan and I are both great admirers of Pierre BonnardHis wife Marthe was an ever-present subject over the course of several decades:


I loved this portrait by Jean-Édouard Vuillard:


And this lovely still-life by Odilon Redon:


And this Monet, Beach at Trouville, painted in 1870, years before the his obsession with water lilies (Monet bought the property at Giverny in 1890):


In my mind this painting must have had an influence of photographers of the time; yes, and even today, and this is why great photographers know of the history of art.

Let us pause for a moment and read a few lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson poem, The Lady of Shallot:

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.

For more information go here and you will also see the marvelous painting, "The Lady of Shallot," which hung in my dormitory room (NOT the painting, of course--the poster!)  by Sir John William Waterhouse. At the Wadsworth, we find The Lady of Shallot as painted by William Holman Hunt:


We said our goodbyes to our friends the Pre-Raphaelites. And then we found more beauty in this portrait by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, recognized as the most famous woman painter of the 18th century:


We concluded our visit to the museum viewing paintings from The Hudson River School. I have taken some liberties with my photographs of the paintings here, the first by Frederic Church and the second by Thomas Cole; but first, here, is a painting we saw by Albert Bierstdat:


And we conclude our day with:



One last observation: that's Susan standing in front Cole's Mt. Etna, Taormina, Sicily, 1843; when we got home and enjoyed a pizza in our sitting room, there was on TV a show about Sicily and Mt Edna!


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sister of the Bride

Zaina. Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

A Few Hours Before Her Wedding

Heather Looking into Mirror. Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Self Portrait

Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Standing next to my desk. Sunset.



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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Veiled Bride

Heather. Photo by Bruce Barone.
 
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Mill on the Floss

Susan and I were very moved yesterday watching the BBC production of The Mill on the Floss.

We highly recommend it to you.

It stars Emily Watson as Maggie Tulliver (Hilary & Jackie--a favorite movie) and James Frain (The Tutors--a favorite TV series) as Philip Wakem.

Here's a short clip:



And here's a photograph of a mill near where we live:

The Mill in Granville. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Have you seen The Mill on the Floss?
I would love to hear from you!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Morning


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Church & Temple

Easthampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Easthampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

When I Woke Up This Morning

I was thinking about New York City.

Catching the ferry in New Jersey.

Waterfront. Weehawken, New Jersey. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Hurrying to Central Park.

Central Park, New York City. Photo by Bruce Barone.
What were you thinking?
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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Thursday in February

Dead Flowers Near The Back Door. Photo by Bruce Barone.
A Bunny at Pottery Barn. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Wonderful New Bookstore in Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Writing Poetry Again. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Baked Cod & Spinach = Dinner. Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Flowers for Friday

For you
Photo by Bruce Barone.
Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Garam Masala

"This is a mixture of several hot spices,
generally prepared ahead of time in small quantities
and used as need to flavor meats. It can be bought
in specialty stores, but has a fresher taste if you grind it yourself.
To make about a cupful, you will need:

25 cardamom pods (use seeds only)
1/2 cup whole black peppercorns
1/3 cup cumin seeds
1/cup whole coriander seeds
3 sticks cinnamon, each about 3 inches long
4-6 whole cloves

Combine all the ingrdients and grind very fine.

"An Invitation to Indian Cooking"

Now, my friends, you may be saying to yourself
"I don't think we are at Bruce Barone's Blog anymore
but walked into Bruce's Kitchen."

Not true. You are here.

I finished painting our sitting room
Garam Masala.
Paint from C2Paint.

Here, let's have a look:





Susan and I love the new space. It is very warm and club-like.
All that painting (three coats) made me rather tired
and I soon retired to the living room to read the newspaper.


And lest you think I am new to the color and spice that is Garam Masala
please visit me at my kitchen to learn more about me

Bruce's Garam Masala.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heather Says!


Heather. Photo by Bruce Barone.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentine's Day Wish For You

I am a great believer in holidays.

I am a great believer in celebrating holidays.

I am prayerfully in awe of The Christmas Story.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
I am wonderfully joyous about Easter.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
I am reverently thankful on Memorial Day.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
I am enthusiastically patriotic on July 4th.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
There are other holidays, of course, but allow me to share with you
my thoughts about Valentine's Day.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
A few days ago, I turned to Susan and I said
"We are truly blessed. For us
each and every day
is Valentine's Day;
for our love knows no beginning
and knows no ending."

Love, I believe, is essential to our life together each and every moment.
So Susan and I begin and end each and every day
 from loving hearts.

"Faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
and the greatest of these is love."
1Coriunthians 13:13
My wish for you is love.
Each and every day.
And tell someone you really love that you love him or her today.
Do it each and every day.
And then each and every day you will be
Celebrating a Valentine's Day.

I would love to hear from you!


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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Heart & The Bunny

Inspired by The Runaway Bunny I went outside yesterday late in the afternoon. The sun was setting and the puffy clouds were afire. It was cold.

I was looking for a heart. I found one:

The Heart in the Cloud. Photo by Bruce Barone.
I stood and I stared. Transfixed I was by the colors of the clouds and the changing patterns of the clouds. And then, suddenly, a bunny seemed to simply appear from the chaos in the clouds and she flew through the sky and I gave thanks:

The Bunny in the Cloud. Photo by Bruce Barone.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,

for going out, I found, was really going in.”

~John Muir


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

One-Pointed Attention

All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind.
The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.
  – Swami Ramdas

Photo by Bruce Barone.
We become what we meditate on.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Cosmic Tree

Sages speak of the immutable Tree, with its root above and its branches below. . . . The limbs of this tree spread above and below......objects grow on the limbs as buds; the roots hanging down bind us to action in this world. The true form of this tree – its essence, beginning, and end – is not perceived on this earth.
  – Bhagavad Gita

Tree in Corn Field. Southampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.  
We are all part of the same creation,
drawing our strength, happiness, and fulfillment from the cosmic tree. 

What do you think?
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Painting Again

I am painting our sitting room.

I have painted all the rooms in our home, except where Susan and I have hung wallpaper; i.e. the bathroom and two different papers on two of the kitchen walls.

My favorite, still, is the living room. I had a vision to paint this room red.  It's "Poppy" from Benjamin Moore and that's me in the photo!


 And here's another photo of the room featuring Nadine, aka The Cat Nadine or Queen Nadine!


Ah, but I digress.

I just finished priming the entire sitting room and I do believe the new color may bring me as much joy as the living room color.

For some reason, as I painted, I thought of this photo of Tara:
When I Paint My Masterpiece. Portrait of Tara. Photo by Bruce Barone.
And then I thought of all the beautiful brides I have photographed getting ready for their wedding:

Heather getting ready. Photo by Bruce Barone.
And then my mind really started to wander--and wonder; and I thought of painted sunsets:

Sunset. Lower Mill Pond. Easthampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Susan is at Jury Duty today (She's been there all week!) and I can't wait for her to get home see the progress I have made in our sitting room. Here's a photo of Susan from yesterday right before she left for Jury Duty:


Here I am early this morning. The old color is Benjamin Moore "Nutmeg." The new color is C2Paint "Garam Masala."


Do you like to paint?
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Hey! I'll even paint a room for you!