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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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november

Sixty Years Later I Notice, Inside A Flock Of Blackbirds,

the Venetian blinds
I dusted off

for my mother on
Saturday mornings,

closing, opening them
with the pull cord a few

times just to watch the outside
universe keep blinking,

as the flock suddenly
rises from November stubble,

hovers a few seconds,
closing, opening,

blinking, before it tilts,
then vanishes over a hill.

by David Allan Evans

M.C. Escher ~ Two Birds, 1938
 Two Birds by M.C. Escher, 1938

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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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Expressive skies as seen through the eyes of some of my favorite artists…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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Detail from The Roofs of Paris ~ Vincent Van Gogh

cloudy skies 2

Wind Swept Sands, Shinnecock, Long Island ~ William Merritt Chase, 1894

cloudy skies 3

Le Havre, Stormy Skies over the Estuary ~ Eugene Boudin, 1894

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Wooded Plateau, Fontainebleau ~ Camille Corot, 1835-1840

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French Coastal Scene ~ Charles-Francois Daubigny, 1868

cloudy skies 4

Clouds ~ Fyodor Vasilyev

cloudy skies 5

Cabasson Landscape (study) ~ Henri-Edmond Cross, 1896-1899

cloudy skies 6

Above the Clouds ~ Georgia O’Keeffe, 1962-1963

cloudy skies 7

In the Patio VIII ~ Georgia O’Keeffe, 1950

cloudy skies 8

Hanging the Laundry out to Dry ~ Berthe Morisot, 1875

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Mountain Mist ~ Albert Bierstadt

cloudy skies 10

Fontainebleau, Storm over the Plains ~ Camille Corot, 1822

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Seascape Near Trouville ~ Gustave Courbet

cloudy skies 14

Sky Study ~ Edgar Degas, 1869

cloudy skies 15

Farm Scene ~ John Henry Twatchman, 1888-1891

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The Roofs of Paris ~ Vincent Van Gogh, 1886

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May your day be filled with love, joy and beauty!

chagall

A village in winter ~ Marc Chagall, 1930

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“Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.” ~ Charles Dickens

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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Seascape ~ John Singer Sargent, 1875

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Note in Blue and Opal ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1884

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Sailing boats ~ Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1906

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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The Coast of Bellangenay ~ Paul Gauguin

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The Coast of Brittany, Fishing Boats ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1878

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A Fishing Boat at Sea ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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Shoreham Bay near Brighton ~ John Constable, 1824

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The Porte d’Amont, Etretat ~ Eugene Delacroix, 1849

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Seascape near Fecamp ~ Claude Monet, 1881

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Great Sea ~ Maxime Maufra

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Bathing Posts ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1866-1872

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The sea at the Mouth of the Ebro ~ M.C. Escher, 1922

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Low Tide at Grandcamp ~ Georges Seurat, 1885

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Violet and Silver – The Deep Sea ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Standing off Deauville ~ Eugene Boudin, 1886

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Coastal landscape ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

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The Gulf of Marseille seen from L’Estaque ~ Paul Cezanne, 1885

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The Wave ~ Gustave Courbet, 1871

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Cliffs of Etretat ~ Gustave Loiseau, 1902

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The Sea ~ Eflm Volkov

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