Saturday, May 22, 2010
Today was the Paula Nadelstern all day workshop held at the "Quilt Among Friends" quilt shop in Arlington, TX. What a great experience!! I had purchased fabric earlier in the week that met the criteria of being bilateral (meaning when sliced up, would create a mirror image of itself). But once I got there and saw what we were doing, I wanted fabric that was much more vibrant and rich...I bought some there and was really pleased with it. I will still use my Pink and Lime Green, and am curious to see it put together using her techniques...
In telling of my trip to Chicago, I had said it had been over 45 years since I had been there..not true! In the 70's, the Field Museum had one of three showings of King Tut, very similiar to the exhibit that was shown in Dallas last year. My two daughters, my sister, two of her kids, and our mom traveled to Chicago to see the exhibit. We had a great time.....we stayed in a motel in the suburbs and took the kids in on a commuter train early in the morning...they were all very excited to be on a train for one and just going to the "city". It was pretty funny to see all the commuters...doing that same trip day in and day out...reading their newspapaers, drinking their coffee, not making eye contact with anyone...compared to our kids who were so excited! Oh, they were well behaved...we didn't allow them to be too loud or disturbing, but their joy was somewhat infectuous as there were some who asked them what they were planning to do in Chicago!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday On La Grande Jatte-1884 by Georges Seurat
Such a thrill to see this painting at the Chicago Art Institute last week...when I was a kid, I did see it but after having taught art for 32 years, I had a much greater appreciation for it...knowing something of the artist and the history of the period. My mom was also very fond of this particular work of art and had a print of it hung in her living room as long as I can remember. (I wonder what happened to that picture?) I also really enjoyed the musical "Sunday with George"...I haven't seen it live but many years ago, PBS filmed a production of it with Mandy Pankin in the starring role.
Friday, May 14, 2010
When we got home from our trip, I had the nicest surprise in the mail...one of my blog buddies, Libby, had sent me a book...Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" and one of her wonderful postcards along with some packets of wild flower seeds. She and I had "discussed" books and I had said that was one I was wanting to read....what a generous person she is!!!!!!
Chicago Skyline over Lake Michigan
Six of us decided to take a Grayline Bus tour...we did the four hour version then Dick and I also took the tour of the John Hancock Tower with wonderful aerial views of the city...not as tall as the Sears Building but better viewing from their observation deck.
One view from the John Hancock Building
Looking the opposite way, Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan
We were so lucky the whole trip...it had been rainy and it was cold but when we were out, the rain held off. And the sun came out when were up in the Hancock Building.