Thursday, February 19, 2009

Soggy San Francisco!

Hi everyone...James and I had a great trip to the Bay Area although it rained almost the whole time we were there! California has been experiencing a pretty major drought so the weather was a little surprising to say the least. At least we were able to drift off to sleep at night listening to the sound of rain on the rooftop. I love that.

Carla, Linda and Lucy
(Carla loves Maisie...she's holding a picture of her. So cute!)

On the last day of our visit...James and I went to see my Aunties, Carla and Lucille. Lucy will be 93 this year and Carla will be 91. They are sisters and have been my guardian angels for a very long time. Every time we see them these days, Carla likes to give each of us a book...one that she has treasured for years. This time, she wanted me to have "Degas Letters"...a beautiful little book of letters and illustrations by Edgar Degas.

Here are two illustrations from the book, the first one being a study for the painting below it. I think the study is actually a beautiful work of art on it's own. Degas had such a poetic and elegant way with a pencil and paper.

"MM Hertel"
Pencil on Paper by Edgar Degas, 1865

"Woman with Crysanthemums, MME Hertel"
Oil on Canvas, 1865

So now it's back to work...I've got two paintings going so hope to show you those very soon!


"Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see." ~ Edgar Degas

17 comments:

Moira said...

Lovely post! It made me miss my grandmother very much. Also, I haven't been by your blog in a while. I am loving your new works, especially Charles Henry (of course)and the Oranges on the Blue Plate...really wonderful!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi linda!
oh what a beautiful post! i love meeting your aunties and that they always give you a special book.
that is a wonderful photo of the 3 of you.
xoxoxox
m & e

The Odd Bird said...

Hi Linda, just dropping by to check on you. I've been so lax at blogging. Work and other stuff has been getting in the way but all is well. That's so sweet, your auntie holding Maisie's picture. And Charles Henry is beautiful. Hugs..

Sue said...

Hi Linda....your aunts are so adorable...I love to see Seniors looking so content and happy...and holding the picture of Maisie, how cute is that...Sue

Diane said...

Hi Linda! Sounds like you had a nice trip. Your aunties are precious!I love her holding the pic of Maise (I bet Maise missed you!)I am heading up to SF next week. Such a wonderful city!

Sheila said...

Wow! Your aunties are beautiful and obviously still sharp as tacks! You have great genes on your side. SF Area was rainy but it was clear and in the 70's today so hopefully that meant you were able to fly out in good weather. hugs.

Donna said...

Hi Linda,
Your two aunties are beautiful. I'm sure you had a great time despite the weather.

Love Degas paintings.

Hugs to you and Maisie,
Donna

Beverly Kaye said...

Hi Linda:
Your Aunties are so sweet! I'm going to visit my 92 year old Aunt this weekend, and as always , I'll bring a pad of paper and plenty of questions. How lucky we are to still have them in our lives!

Neda said...

The 3 graces in all their warmth. Adorable picture..May you spend many more visits together :)

On another subject: Austin is sunny and bright. Forget the rain! Come here instead!!

Still wandering the planet (and the labyrinths of my mind)

xxxxxxxxx

Leslie Moore said...

I love your "poetic and elegant" description of Degas drawings. Your aunts sound like they're poetic and elegant, too.

Edward Burton said...

Sounds like you had a great time over here in the Bay Area anyway - I'm glad you did. Looks like you have a couple of very wonderful aunts.

Karine said...

What a great post. I love the photo of you with your two aunties. I am so happy you got such a cool book, to boot! xoxo karine

Sandy said...

I enjoyed reading this post and seeing the photo and you and your aunties. How special to get that great book!!! Yes, we have been having lots of rain out here and of course they tell us it hasn't helped the drought situation. I think we're expecting more starting Monday. My son lives up in the Bay area, and they were just down here for a family get together and now back home.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I had a very special great aunt who gave me art books which I still cherish. You are so right Degas is poetic.

Manon Doyle said...

Wonderful post Linda! Your aunts are so cute an what a lovely book you received!

Ruth Welter said...

Glad you had a wonderful time on your trip Linda, getting to visit family member. I've never been to San Francisco but would love to go someday.

Degas is one of my favorite artists.

Ruth

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