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I could study these paintings every day for the rest of my life yet still see something new to appreciate and discover. They are a masterclass in composition, color, texture and beauty. How a few simple objects can transform into a masterpiece.

emil carlsen ~ still life with self portrait

still life with self portrait ~ emil carlsen

jean baptiste simeon chardin ~ still life of cooking utensils, cauldron, casserole and eggs, 1733-1734

still life of cooking utensils, cauldron, casserole and eggs ~ jean baptiste simeon chardin, 1733-1734

william merritt chase ~ still life with pepper and carrot, 1900

still life with pepper and carrot ~ william merritt chase, 1900

henri matisse ~ still life,

still life ~ henri matisse

henri rousseau ~ still life with teapot and fruit

still life with teapot and fruit ~ henri rousseau

julian alden weir ~ still life, 1902-1905

still life ~ julian alden weir, 1902-1905

paul cezanne ~ still life with apples, 1879

still life with apples ~ paul cezanne, 1879

gustave courbet ~ still life with apples and pears, 1871

still life with apples and pears ~ gustave courbet, 1871

giorgio morandi ~ still life, 1925

still life ~ giorgio morandi, 1925

vincent van gogh ~ still life with pears, 1888

still life with pears ~ vincent van gogh, 1888

helene schjerfbeck ~ still life in green, 1930

still life in green ~ helene schjerfbeck, 1930

camille pissarro ~ still life, 1867

still life ~ camille pissarro, 1867

willem kalf ~ still life with nautilus cup (detail), 1662

still life with nautilus cup (detail) ~ willem kalf, 1662

henri fantin latour ~ still life glass, silver goblet and cup of champagne, 1871

still life glass, silver goblet and cup of champagne ~ henri fantin latour, 1871

william merritt chase ~ still life with china vase, copper pot, an apple and a bunch of grapes

still life with china vase, copper pot, an apple and a bunch of grapes ~ william merritt chase

william scott ~ kitchen still life, 1948

kitchen still life ~ william scott, 1948

emil carlsen ~ brass kettle with porcelain coffee pot, 1910

brass kettle with porcelain coffe pot ~ emi carlsen, 1910

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reawaken

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

william merritt chase ~ october, 1893

William Merritt Chase, 1893

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A glorious mosaic of gold, orange, and red carpets the green grass of summer…brilliant colors, shapes, and textures only nature could provide…somehow, with each passing year, the transition becomes more beautiful…may these brilliant paintings, with their autumnal brushstrokes, offer you a vibrant echo of the season

esteban vicente, 1962 ~ orange, red, black

Orange, Red, Black ~ Esteban Vicente, 1962

pierre bonnard, 1943 ~ fruit sur la tapis rouge

Fruit sur la Tapis Rouge ~ Pierre Bonnard, 1943

gustave courbet, 1871 ~ three red apples

Three Red Apples ~ Gustave Courbet, 1871

mark rothko, 1949 ~ violet, black, orange, yellow on white and red

Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red ~ Mark Rothko, 1949

wolf kahn ~ red ridge, 2013

Red Ridge ~ Wolf Kahn, 2013

bernard cathelin ~ bouquet de roses d'Inde

Bouquet de Roses D’Inde ~ Bernard Cathelin

esteban vicente, 1996 ~ red across

Red Across ~ Esteban Vicente, 1996

guy bardone ~ la jatte de citrons

La Jatte de Citrons ~ Guy Bardone

wolf kahn ~ bold color, 2011

Bold Color ~ Wolf Kahn, 2011

helen frankenthaier, 1970 ~ orange downpour

Orange Downpour ~ Helen Frankenthaier, 1970

wolf kahn ~ gray, orange, black and red, 2013

Gray, Orange, Black and Red ~ Wolf Kahn, 2013

peter joseph, 1988 ~ bright orange with green

Bright Orange with Green ~ Peter Joseph, 1988

edouard vuillard, 1905 ~ in the red room

In the Red Room ~ Edouard Vuillard, 1905

mark rothko ~ ochre and red on red, 1954

Ochre and Red on Red ~ Mark Rothko, 1954

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painted leaves

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Inspired by Thoreau’s Autumnal Tints, his classic essay on the colors of fall, I collected a variety of leaves from my neighborhood and photographed them at their peak…how I adore their imperfections and curled up corners! At the outset, I was determined to capture the most colorful and unblemished leaves…but as my work progressed, I discovered they all had some sort of unique flaw…maybe it was a hole or an uneven edge…in any case, these flaws are what made them beautiful…may we all be inspired by life’s perfect imperfections!

“October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is the sunset sky; November the later twilight.” ~ an excerpt from Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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autumn bounty

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Gold, crimson and orange abound! How glorious are the tastes and colors of autumn…I hope you are enjoying the golden light and sweet flavors of this extraordinary season!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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gary's autumn

How wonderful to experience the beauty of autumn through the eyes of a loved one! These expressive photos of Hutchins Farm, in Concord Massachusetts, were taken by my brother Gary while on a shopping trip with my mom…autumn’s warm golden light served him well elevating this humble window shade and orderly row of pumpkins into glowing works of art and in the foreground, bins of aubergine tinted vegetables offered him sculptural forms and textures as only nature could provide…a simple yet soulful composition that speaks so eloquently to fall in New England…so glad I could share this with you today

Gary and mom’s shopping list:

apples

honey nut squash

scallions

cooking onions

tomatoes

raspberries

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gary's autumn 4

photography by gary geissler, 9/29/13

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the changing seasons

fall to winter…

bare branches prepare for the coming of old man winter…a brisk walk in the cool moist air reveals the glorious scent of pine and a neighbors wood burning fire…favorite wool sweaters and throws take center stage once again…and like old friends, they offer familiar warmth and comfort during this festive time of year…

photos from The Gifts of Life

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