Archive for March, 2007

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For The Love of Art

We took a wonderful day trip yesterday. The Houston Museum of Fine Art has on loan 135 French Masterpieces. Yep…Renoir, Manet, Monet…oh my!

Since they wouldnt let anyone take pictures of the actual art with us standing next to it…here is family sans Mom in front of the museum. While we thoroughly enjoyed the French Masterpieces…yeah, I got a little verklempt…Husband and I LOVED two paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme – One titled: Pygmalion & Galatea.

The story is: At the end of his career, Gérôme became increasingly interested in polychrome sculpture. The picture executed about 1890, illustrate a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The artist chose the moment when the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion’s wish was granted by Venus. The statue of Galatea that he had created came to life and responded to his love. In an interview Gérôme said that he hoped his treatment of the theme would “rejuvenate” a hackneyed subject. He added the apparition of Eros with his bow and arrow, which is not mentioned in Ovid’s account of the legend.

And Prayer in the Mosque.

In the fall of 1867, Gérôme traveled extensively in Egypt and the Near East. Since the Mosque of cAmr, depicted in the present painting, is described in detail in the journal of Paul Lenoir, Gérôme’s traveling companion, it is likely that the painting was done from sketches made on that journey. The mosque dates from the seventh century and is still standing in the eastern part of old Cairo.

I was also very happy to see a few by Mary Cassatt and some amazing florals by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum. I am NOT an abstract art fan but seeing a Pollack and Kandinsky were very very interesting.

Then we went over to The Central Market and ate a terrific burger and did some shopping. A good time was had by all.


The Dalai Lama's Instructions for Life:

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:
Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

 I especially like the last one. 


Never Trust A Woman Who Doesn't Wear An Apron!

I have been in the sewing mood lately.  Just really so overwhelmed in so many areas – sewing is my therapy.  The Winds of Change are a blowin’ in the business part of my life.  And in my personal life…well it’s pretty windy here too.  We are cooking for the clan tonight and then tomorrow morning we are off to MFAH to see 135 French Masterpieces on loan from the MET.  We are all very excited about that.

Anywho…here is the apron I am working on right now. Can’t tell much about it but it is a full coverage apron. Then I have a teeny tiny apron to make and a half apron.   And isnt my label too cute?


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