Sunday, May 17, 2009

Two Days, Three Museums

My what an outing filled weekend! I made it to three museums and even caught Road to Morocco on the big screen Friday night. The Getty and The Norton Simon I had visited before, but I was so unprepared for The Huntington - expansive gardens complete with classical statues, colonnaded gallery buildings, sweeping lawns a conservatory. Simply glorious; we must go back to see it all! And now some sketches and notes from each destination (click each image for larger view)...The Getty Center, Friday Afternoon
Assignment: Observe, take notes and prepare for presentation on Gerard ter Borch's The Music Lesson, for art history class on Dutch Baroque painting.
Distractions: Taking in views of the city below, enjoying the weather on a cafe chair in the sun. Exploring the permanent collection of 18th century decorative arts (again), and admiring chandeliers. Seeing the special exhibitions - my highlights: (1) monumental volumes of illuminated manuscripts on book stands under glass (2) Portrait photography from the 19th century (among others) (3) design drawings for 18th century decorative objects and architectural elements.
The Norton Simon, Saturday Midday
Assignment: Meet Dutch Baroque class in the 17th century gallery and listen to classmate's presentations. Admire genre scenes and amazingly luscious still life paintings by Flemish and Dutch artists.
Distractions: Sunshine and water lilies in the sculpture garden. Degas pastels in the 19th century wing. Savoring my second visit.The Huntington, Saturday Afternoon
Assignment: View Weng collection painting and calligraphy exhibit at the Boone Gallery and observe the Chinese Garden for Art History of China class.
Distractions: Playing with calligraphy pens at the hands-on exhibit. Taking in the grounds and gardens and wishing we had more time to see the art galleries. Admiring weeping willows and classical statues in the rose garden, all the while feeling a bit like Mary Lennox. Loveliest place.

29 comments:

Pattern and Perspective said...

Sounds fab and love your sketches, as always. They are perfect (to me!)

gina said...

I simply love your beautiful illustrations and wish my daily journal could look so pretty.

MzzLily said...

Your natural talent shows well in your blog. Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

What a wonderful post...love the sketches, you're amazing!

leila wylie said...

Wow, your drawings are wonderful!

Patricia Torres said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend!! I love the sketches.. I'm so impressed by your creativity!! Just wonderful!

Kavita said...

I keep going back to the rose garden...again, and again, and again.

MagicMarkingsArt said...

Lovely post. Vermeer is one of my favorites. Love the colors and domestic scenes shown in classic Dutch paintings.
Thanks for the fabulous links, I am enjoying your site.
cheers

Same New Story said...

The sketches are so beautiful- sounds like a great weekend.

Your blog is lovely.

RhiannonM said...

Gorgeous sketches and it all sounds like so much fun. I really need to go spend some time in California and see what it is all about. Thank you so much for sharing!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

What a weekend you had! Thanks for sharing your sketches with us. :)

Mary said...

Beautiful! Wish I could draw!

Anu said...

what a lovely post!! the getty and the huntington (which is stunning, i agree) are two of my favorite places ever. haven't made it to the norton simon as of yet, it's on the list!

Millie said...

I saw the Huntington garden this week on a new PBS TV show here in Australia called Around the World in 80 Gardens & it was just gorgeous! What adventures you've had in these magical places.
Millie ^_^

Rustic Urbanity said...

Your blog is so lovely, and your sketches are beautiful, it must have been such a lovely weekend~ Juli

Hapi said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Your sketches belong in the museums!! I love how you captured the Huntington Library, which is right in my hometown (and where I had my first kiss ever!). I highly recommend afternoon tea at the Gardens too.

Polly R said...

What beautiful sketches. I love the illustrations of the sculpture garden and the lily pads. Gorgeous.

Star said...

Through your lovely sketches, you have taken us on a journey of enchantments between the days of your interesting weekend. Thank you.
Blessings, Star

carrie @ bloomacious said...

what gorgeous illustrations! I'm completely impressed.

kristy bowen said...

Beautiful!

alanamarie said...

your sketches are beautiful! absolutely gorgeous :)

Carmen said...

Your sketches are amazing! I mentioned you on my blog today! :)

linnea paulina said...

I love your blog :o) Every post you publish is so well put together, beautiful, inspiring, artful. I love the liveliness of your sketches... I could imagine myself in the museum with other students... looking & learning. I can also imagine having lunch at a little cafe in the meantime :o) I hope you are having a great weekend!
xo,
Linnea

Sum said...

I am in love with the sketches! They're beautiful! I love museums. I want to visit those ones you mentioned.

wide open spaces said...

you're sketches literally take my breath away. what a lovely way to capture life.

ScrappyTime.com said...

Beautiful drawings!

sara said...

Such a beautiful post! I'm looking forward to when Photo365 is over, so I can pick up my sketchbook again!

Jessica said...

the huntington gardens are so beautiful! (my husband proposed to me in the japanese garden!) what lovely sketches!

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