Monday, October 27, 2008

My Vacation

Eight days with my husband driving south to Washington DC, we visited several galleries and the National Museum of Women in the Arts and then to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We went there specifically to see Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities. This exhibition alone was worth the trip. I've been to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Sante Fe numerous times as well as most of the major exhibits of her work on the east coast in the last 30 years and I saw several "new-to-me" paintings. The parallels between these two friends working at the same time in different parts of the southwest were surprising. This exhibit continues through January 4, 2009 (and it's free). Also at the museum is Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth which we both liked immensely; images from her series National Champion Trees and wonderful color works of songbirds being held by people - only until Nov 9.

We loved this museum so much we went back the next day. The National Portrait Gallery shares the same building and we spent hours looking at Women of Our Time; 75 Twentieth Century Photographs...included some very enlightening reading - click on link for web exhibition.

We finally tore ourselves away from DC and headed to Chincoteague/ Assateague refuge and National Seashore. That's where I did this small plein air painting, looked at ponies and birds, sketched for hours, read some, sat on the beach lots and generally acted like I was on vacation.

1 comment:

Phyllis said...

Sweet painting! Excellent skyholes in your trees. Sounds like you had a great trip--both relaxing and expanding your mind.

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