DC Two: Green backs, fronts and sides

Solo, double-shot, and mapped-up it was the day to wander Washington’s National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden. Strategic planning required.

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Early French painting was calling though this 1939 Edward Hopper (Cape Cod Evening) stopped me in my tracks as I remembered last nights moon eclipse with friends and, later, noticed the lovely blue trees.

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Butterfly! Puppy! Must push on to the French painters in the grand rooms of this building from 1869.

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Yes but of course V.V.G. and his oil on canvas Self Portrait 1889, and nearby his Girl in White 1890 with divine surface textures. Not sure I’ve seen a Van Gogh female figure like this before and the painting guards are very tolerant of close-ups.

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And here we are in greens again as I gather reference for my ‘difficult’ colour. Vincent again with The Olive Orchard 1889 and a beautifully greenwashed Roulin’s Baby 1888.

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And a misty moment for Monet with Waterloo Bridge, London, at Dusk 1904. Some of this soft-green-seeking relates to a piece back in the home studio that I commenced with this palette in mind—but with little else in terms of direction—so it’s amazing to sit and study these colours and to be able to capture them on camera.

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After several hours and multiple cafe trips it was time for air and a sojourn out to the sculpture garden. It’s a beautiful green space with plenty of benches and birds for recovery from museum fatigue.

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Yes, love, art, and green space will save and restore us. And maybe wine. And museum gelato. And the occasional side of greens. Okay, and butterflies and puppies…

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One thought on “DC Two: Green backs, fronts and sides

  1. wonderful pictures. Now, where are pix of Carey and Heather?

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