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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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For a few mornings now, I’ve been serenaded by the sweet sound of baby Robins…their masterful nest sits just outside my bedroom window, atop a sturdy old branch in the Magnolia tree…what a priceless gift to be given! This miraculous event has inspired me to re-read the one and only Walden by Henry David Thoreau…as I slowly savor his words, filled with infinite wisdom and unparalleled insights, I find myself sharing my new found discovery with him…a timeless companion if you will, elevating my experience with his ever-present eyes and ears…

It is with his voice in the forefront of my mind that I’d like to share with you one of my favorite excerpts from Walden…it’s quite possibly the most profound description of spring cleaning and outdoor living I’ve ever come across! Wishing you a wonderful spring weekend!

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“Housework was a pleasant pastime. When my floor was dirty, I rose early, and, setting all my furniture out of doors on the grass, bed and bedstead making but one budget, dashed water on the floor, and sprinkled white sand from the pond on it, and then with a broom scrubbed it clean and white; and by the time the villagers had broken their fast the morning sun had dried my house sufficiently to allow me to move in again, and my meditations were almost uninterrupted. It was pleasant to see my whole household effects out on the grass, making a little pile like a gypsy’s pack, and my three-legged table, from which I did not remove the books and pen and ink, standing amid the pines and hickories. They seemed glad to get out themselves, and as if unwilling to be brought in. I was sometimes tempted to stretch an awning over them and take my seat there. It was worth the while to see the sun shine on these things, and hear the free wind blow on them; so much more interesting most familiar objects look out of doors than in the house. A bird sits on the next bough, life-everlasting grows under the table, and the blackberry vines run round its legs; pine cones, chestnut burs, and strawberry leaves are strewn about. It looked as if this was the way these forms came to be transferred to our furniture, to tables, chairs and bedsteads, – because they once stood in their midst.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, excerpt from Walden

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Top ~ In the Woods by Paul Cezanne, 1900

Bottom ~ In the Woods by Paul Cezanne, 1898

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Henry David Thoreau

1855

April 15, 9 A.M. – To Atkin’s boat-house.

No sun till setting. Another still, moist, overcast day, without sun, but all day a crescent of light, as if breaking away in the north. The waters smooth and full of reflections. A still cloudy day like this is perhaps the best to be on the water. To the clouds, perhaps, we owe both the stillness and the reflections, for the light is in great measure reflected from the water. Robins sing now at 10 A.M. as in the morning, and the phoebe; and pigeon woodpecker’s cackle is heard, and many martins (with white-bellied swallows) are skimming and twittering above the water, perhaps catching the small fuzzy gnats with which the air is filled. The sounds of church bells, at various distances, in Concord and the neighboring towns, sounds very sweet to us on the water this still day. It is the song of the villages heard with the song of the birds.

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Three Trees in Spring ~ Claude Monet, 1891

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Spring ~ Pablo Picasso, 1956

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The Cascade in Spring ~ John Henry Twachtman, 1890-1899

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Pasture in Bloom ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1887

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The first flowers ~ Paul Gauguin, 1888

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“Cool” Series No. 80, Impatient Spring ~ Perle Fine, 1963

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Spring at Catou ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1872-1873

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Melikhovo at spring ~ Isaac Levitan

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Dark and Deep ~ Wolf Kahn

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Trees by the Water ~ Paul Cezanne, 1900

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Lake, Spring ~ Isaac Levitan, 1898

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