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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #29

Good morning friends and welcome to week #29 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our hostess this week is Stacey from Poofing the Pillows. 
She recently featured miniature peach pies in honor of National Peach Pie Day.
These were a hit at home!!
As this summer season ends,  Autumn inspiration is already rolling out in magazines and on blogs.
Who's ready for pot roast and cute sweaters?
Bet you'll find some great fall ideas here this week to spark your energy and creativity.
Last week we had 329 beautiful posts linked together. To say that we are amazed and grateful is an understatement. We really do appreciate that you join us each week.
Now let's see the beautiful features.


At Estelle's, Betsy whipped up an amazing Autumn Brunch for her family. The menu sounds delicious and the food is mouthwatering.  The sweet part is this is for her family. What a blessing!
Sara at Twelve on Main loves gorgeous farmhouse style decorating.
She shared her ideas for decorating with scales last week.
This post makes me want to go to the flea market and find some for myself.

At Garden Therapy, Stephanie shared her 10 favorite plants to choose for wonderful fragrance.
I'm keeping this list handy for next spring.
Diane at An Extraordinary Day showed us how to completely change the look of a lamp by covering the lampshade. It's the little things like this that make a home look personalized and stretch your decorating dollars.
And last but not least, Brett from This Mama Loves created a Coffee Glazed Coffee Cake that is a winner for sure. I can imagine this being served to friends and family this fall or during the holidays.

Now to today's party!
We ask that you please,
1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.
Laura at Décor To Adore
Stacey from Poofing the Pillows
Jemma from At Home With Jemma
Laura at White Spray Paint
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By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Favorite Ladies of the Getty

I have now begun my senior year in college.

Yes, I just turned 48 on Saturday. #nevertoolate

My emphasis of study is art history which was why I was so thrilled to recently visit The Getty.

Here are a few of my favorites ladies.

“Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant”, Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1866.

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Tissot is one of my favorite French painters. He is a master of detail. Yet for all of the information available on this painting there is one key factor that puzzles me. The Marquise is shown wearing a fashionable dressing gown (robe) in the privacy of her own home, the Château de Paulhac, in Auvergne. So why the lone glove in such an intimate setting? (The other rests on the mantle.) And you thought Michael Jackson invented that fashion. Smile.

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“Young Ladies Admiring Japanese Objects” James Tissot, c. 1869. 

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Tissot again. But this image spoke to my heart. Which should be the #1 reason for selecting art for your home.

In this painting I saw myself and my cousin Linda. We LOVE going to museums. Yet each and every time we somehow lean in too closely to study some small detail and inevitably cause alarms to go off.

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The Chinoiserie detailing in the table above and the oriental rug below is just exquisite in person.

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I like to study the signatures of famous artists. Tissot’s is by far one of the prettiest I’ve seen.

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The main reason I love to go to art museums is the interactive factor. I can show you the painting of Portrait of Thérése, countess Clary Aldringen” by John Singer Sargent c. 1896 but to really SEE the portrait it must be viewed in person. I did try to capture the paintings large size, by allowing a viewer into the shot for reference, but the true impact cannot be felt.

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The real magic of this painting is found in the sparkling gems. You can somewhat get the idea in the photograph but in person it’s magnificent.

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The frame itself was also fabulous and his signature reinforces his swift painting ability.

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I almost quickly passed by “Entrance to Jardin Turc”  Louis-Léopold Boilly, c. 1812.

At first glance it seemed rather “Meh.”

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But then, initially, the children drew me in. The affection of the boy; is it towards his sister or her grapes?

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I also had to laugh at the seemingly smiling dog with dentures.

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But just beyond that I saw her.

And she saw me.

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Over the summer I completed a class strictly on portraiture. One session alone was spent on Netherlandish artist Rogier van der Weyden. I was eager to see his work in person. At first Isabella of Portugal” is off putting. The noble women of the 1450’s used to pluck their foreheads to achieve this hairstyle. She seems so…harsh… to our modern eye.

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But on closer inspection you can almost “feel” the velvet. You can also see the creases of skin on her neck. Keeping in mind this portrait was painted around 1450 I then understood why van der Weyden is considered a master.

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I like this painting because…we’ve all been there.

Sure, we could discuss “Head of a Woman”, Michael Sweerts, c. 1654, in terms of his striking brushwork and how the artist seemingly created a three dimensional form through separated and blended strokes of various shades. The application of white on white alone is nothing short of spectacular.

But sometimes it’s just better to say “I feel you sister.”

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I just never tire of Renoir. While “La Promenade” , c. 1870, is far from his best work, it’s still lovely.

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The ethereal white of her dress against the brown and green palette makes me sigh with contentment.

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When in close proximately to darling young children (that I know well) I will often say “You are so cute I am going to put you in my pocket.”

If there was ANY way, shape, or form that I could have put  “Jeanne Kéfer”, Fernand Khnopff, c. 1885, in my pocket I would have.

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Just look at her!

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Her pose captures the essence of childhood. The taupe coat against the pale green door is perfection.

In my pocket!

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I have of course saved my best for last.

“Jeanne (Spring)”, Édouard Manet, c. 1881.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. While everyone else LOVES Monet and Renoir I myself would choose Manet as my favorite impressionist. He was a risk taker. I like that.

For over two decades, Manet's paintings were rejected by the Salon or viewed with contention. Thankfully, this painting was met with true success just one year before his death.

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I had to go back twice to take her all in.

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The Getty

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

I hope you have enjoyed the tour.


Monday, August 22, 2016

The Gorgeous Garden at the Getty Museum

Visiting the Getty Museum had been on my bucket list for many years. I finally realized the dream while recently traveling to California. An extra treat was the wonderful garden.

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The descending path leading to the central garden crosses back and forth over a stream.

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The walkway also winds through various succulents gardens.

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I didn’t realize succulents could do so well in partially shaded areas and hope to now plant my own at Storybook Cottage.

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The base of the path opens onto the Central Garden.

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It was created by artist Robert Irwin. Bougainvillea grow within shaped rebar sculptures creating a shaded arbor in the plaza.

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The focal point is a cascading waterfall with a pool of floating azaleas laid out in a maze.

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On either side of the maze is a tiered garden.

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The pretty path leads you past glorious flora and fauna.

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Due to California’s ongoing drought many of the plants specifically selected are drought resistant. 

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What glorious red roses!

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This wooden trellis captured my fancy. I am hoping Mr. Decor can build me something similar.

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Happy black eyes Susans.

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I love a good rose tree. I have five in my own garden.

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This rose tree is being trained to grow in the shape of an umbrella. Love it!

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I grew white dahlias this year but might have to add a bit of burgundy next year.

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The other tiered garden was similar but still sweet

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I sat on a bench for several minutes to take it all in.

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Upon my return to the top I took one last look.

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On Wednesday  I will be sharing my favorite ladies of the Getty.

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The Getty Website

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Happy Monday!


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