Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Picnic

Claude Monet
Oil on canvas, 130 x 181 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow

The Picnic (the original is 6 by 6 meters!) was unfinished and later rolled up and then cut up by the artist. It's also known as Le déjeuner sur l'herbe. There are two large fragments preserved in the Musée d'Orsay. All the versions and fragments show picnic guests in a clearing in the forest of Fontainebleau. [from the Web Gallery of Art]

We're done, thanks.

Bye bye, Winter.
You've worn out your welcome.
Go home, Winter. You're drunk.
Winter: the skunk at the lawn party.
Times up! Get out. Beat it!
The bloom is off the rose, Winter.
Pack it in, Winter. That's all for you.
You've lasted an eternity. Get the hell outta here.
We're sorry, but you're terminated.
And finally: Make like a tree and leave, Winter.

Leaves! I must see leaves. Something green. LEAVES. Leaves on actual trees. Argggggghhhh . . . .

[The Korean War Veterans Memorial, on the Mall, Washington DC]

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bach Brilliance

Happy 329th birthday to Johan Sebastian Bach. And thank you.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

More Bento Ladies

What I especially like about this one is the nifty little outdoor picnic hibachi that the lady in pink is working with. Can't you just smell the teriyaki salmon and hear it sizzling? Spring can NOT arrive soon enough.