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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lady Portrait ~ Kimbell Museum ~ Modern Museum ~ Art Blog

9" x 9" Acrylic on watercolor paper
Road trips are always popular with my Canvas by Canvas painter friends. Yesterday, August 14, the temperature was about 102 in the shade when some of us decided on a Fort Worth museum day where air conditioning is king. We were all in need for a “girlfriend fix” as we were on the verge of a major hissy fit. The Purple Cow and a hamburger fix nixed the fit. Cindy Y drove us , Maryann was available, and Betty needed a break from her web duties, and Connie met us for lunch.

First stop was the Modern Museum where we viewed the Ron Mueck sculpture exhibition that runs through October 21, 2007. Ron is a virtuoso of hyper realistic sculpture and the exhibit includes 13 of his works and each will elicit a different response from the viewer. The sleeping elderly lady covered with a blanket made me want to view and then tip toe silently away as to not awaken her. The larger than life baby with umbilical cord attached brought a joyful shout just thinking about watching the birth of my last grandchild. A 30 minute video showing his sculpture process and the production steps of the pregnant woman is a must see.

The Kimbell Art Museum was exhibiting The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso until September 16. Some portraits by artistic giants such as Van Gogh, Matisse, and Cezanne could be studied and it is a dazzling collection of 100 masterpieces from 75 collections. One of my favorites was Maurice de Vlaminch’s Andre Derain.

The Buffet at the Kimbell is a favorite place to eat and we stopped by to share some of Shelby Schafer’s desserts and Mango tea. Shelby’s first Kimbell cookbook was published in 1986 and The Kimbell Cookbook was revised and published in 2001. I have both books and I use them regularly and I’m so grateful Shelby believes in sharing her recipes. We sampled the Mandarin Orange Cake, page 182 and Raspberry Truffle Brownies, page 204 from the new book and Mango tea for a pick me up before our Arlington return. The Buffet Restaurant is a welcoming stop after a museum tour. The area is a visual delight while enjoying Shelby’s culinary masterpieces.

This portrait is a very impressionist loose interpretation of an imaginary person lurking in my storehouse of mind portraits.

P.S. I've done a Technorati search and have found some recent posts about Ron Mueck you might be interested in:
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Photos of installation:

Other blogs where I post:


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Connie Michael said...

Good job on painting, Nancy. Especially pretty blues. Your "lurker" looks like she may be pondering the menu at the Kimbell trying to decide what she needs in the way of a sugar fix!

Pcasso said...

Can't wait to see the Mueck exhibit. I have been a fan of his for years. Frank and I will go before it closes as he wants to see it as well, and we love the Modern. Unless I'm mistaken, he has a video on the web that shows his work process. I've watched it several times and am fascinated with his work. Glad you girls had fun. Wish I could have been able to join you.I just don't have the stamina I used to have for an all day outing, especially in this heat. You entries in this blog about the field trip made me feel as though I was there. Thanks!

Jacob Haynes said...

Thanks for your comment and for the link. Its great to hear from other art lovers in the area.


Congratulations Nancy!
Such a beautiful work.
I am working on a watercolor portrait of my niece to offer as a Xmas gift to my sister and you are such an inspiration!
Best wishes down here from Brazil.

Nancy Standlee said...

Luciano, I've posted on your blog and thanks for your kind comments. I've never been to Brazil but it's so nice to hear from you.