Thursday, December 17, 2009


Today, my Sweetie and I drove over to the Taft Museum of Art to see the current exhibition: Drawn by New York (Watercolors and Drawings from the New York Historial Society). In the exhibition, there were works by Victor Semon Perard (the photo here of the Flatiron Building, Fifth Avenue and Madison Square), works by John James Audubon, Oscar Bluemner, Asher Durand, John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Donna Levinstone's graphite water series drawings. What I found most interesting were the sketchbooks (copies made and under plastic so you could thumb through them all) by several artists. And the early works on New York City showing the Twin Towers being built and then later works showing them being destroyed. Moving pieces. It's well worth a visit. And they have Christmas trees throughout the museum, showing antique ornaments and...did you know they had feather trees: trees that were created to look like white pines (thin branches, lots of tree trunk showing) that was actually dyed goose and duck feathers? I'd never heard of that, but it seems it came over to Cincinnati from Germany.

According to my dashboard - who, apparently, has the time to keep track of such things - this is my 1,000th post! I must be...hmmm...trying to think of another word for someone who talks too much! ha ha But maybe that's not too much for 3 years? celebration of my verbosity (yeah, that's the word), I'm going to draw and/or paint 5 small pieces for give-aways at the end of the year (I have to say at the end of the year since I don't have anything drawn/painted yet - so that will give me a bit of a challenge!).
So...stay tuned. As I finish the pieces, I'll post them, one by one, and assign a number to each (I'll think of what number on the day of posting). Whoever has the post number that matches the number of the day will get the piece for that day.
Good luck to you all (and to me, to create something pretty for you).
Now, I must get into my art room and work on a portrait that is challenging me, stretching my ability to see, and has me asking for help from the model (thanks, T!!). I'll show it when I get it to a stage where it looks good - if that happens - but it's not up for the give-away because it is going to the model if it turns out :)


Cindi said...

stopping by to wish you a very merry christmas...hopefully once the new year arrives i can settle back in the groove and get busy blogging and visiting a bit more!! enjoyed seeing all the wonderful at i've missed...

enjoy your holiday!!

Barb Sailor said...

Your giveaway - what great news! Just another strong reason to keep visiting your wonderful blog.

debwardart said...

Dear Ms. Verbosity: Congrats on 1,000 posts!!
Clever idea for the giveaway - and again I say - PICK ME, PICK ME!!!
Thanks for the tip about the museum, looks interesting; I'll check out how long the exhibit runs and hope to get a chance to see it.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Congratulations on your thousandth! I think that's the first time I've ever written that word! Thanks for the review on the exhibit. Glad you enjoyed it. Warm wishes for good cheer.

RH Carpenter said...

Hi, Cindi, happy holidays to you, too! Your latest work is lovely :)
Barb, I hope you are a winner when the time comes - I painted 3 but only 2 are good enough so 3 more to do.
Deb, how about Miss Loquacious?!? ha ha Hope you are a winner! The exhibit runs through January but unsure of the date - check the site and you'll see.
LOL! Suzanne, I don't think we ever say that! ha ha Happy happy holidays to you :)

Anonymous said...

Rhonda - I'm glad you made it to the exhibit. I try to go every holiday to see the beautiful trees and ornaments and the watercolor show made it even nicer this year! Jenny

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks for reminding us about it, Jen! I get their emails but had put it away and forgot what was showing. We enjoyed it and the holiday decorations, too.