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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ON TOP

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that means On Top!

Yesterday, I made one of my regular visits to the Saint Louis Museum. It is a classic building designed by Cass Gilbert as the PALACE OF FINE ARTS for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 or as it is known around here THE SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR or The Fair Judy Garland Rode The Trolley To in Meet Me In Saint Louis.

It’s a beautiful old building supposedly inspired by the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. But I am always attracted to the six sculptures that stand ON TOP of the building. I suppose they represent the FINE ARTS, but it sure is hard to tell. They’re covered by a century worth of Saint Louis grime, soot and bird droppings. What do they really look like? But, they  still stand on top of the building that stands on top of Art Hill waiting for people to drop by and visit. If can’t visit, click on the photo for a closer view.

 

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It’s Thursday, and the DRAGONFLIES are flying.

They’re not really flying! Dragonflies won’t show up until the sizzling days of summer which probably won’t show up until next October. We’re still in the middle of that cool down. But my Origami Summer Insect Program said today was the day to fold a paper dragonfly.

HERE’S A REAL DRAGONFLY…Summer beautiful dragonfly wallpapers 1920x1200 10And here’s my Origami dragonfly … Dragonfly

I thought he’d like to take a spin over the paper waterfall. I’m surprised it actually turned out looking like a dragonfly.

AND GUESS WHAT I FOUND GROWING IN THE FRONT FLOWER BEDS?DSC09663

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And lo and behold …DSC09665

I also went to the Art Museum this afternoon to view the special IMPRESIONISTS FRENCH exhibit. But that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Mlle. Renee is telling me it is time to go the bed. So look for it tomorrow.DF Art

How I survived leaping forward an hour, a four long Russian opera, a temp drop from 85°F to 31°F in 12 hours, and more SNOW‽

When you live in the Wicket City, you’ve always got something or other to bitch about. So, I been a bit lax in the last day or four about updating my daily status. My obvious excuse would be that nothing was happening.  But, I’d have  to clarify that comment to admit, that I really didn’t feel like making anything happen! OK, I was in a winter’s end slump, I can’t adapt to DST time changes anymore, and I think I’m getting older and crankier. Or maybe I was bitten by the ennui bug. I’m sure Oscar Hammerstein would have been able to knock out a ton of memorable lyrics to describe or explain my mood or condition. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm really describes my condition or state of mind.

I did risk the possibility of winter rain storm last Saturday by heading over to the Art Museum’s Auditorium to attend a delayed showing of the MET Live in HD broadcast of Borodin’s rarely performed opera, PRINCE IGOR.prince_igor

Now, Prince Igor, is an opera that almost everyone reading this post would recognize. Unfortunately, they would recognize it as KISMET, because Borodin was a real whiz at writing a catchy tune and couple of guys named Forrest and Wright “borrowed” his Russian music for some Arabian Nights lyrics they had written for a Broadway Musical.  Actually, while Borodin spent over 18-years writing his opera, (He had a dual career as a chemist first and then a musical composer second or third.)  and he died before it ever was performed. His friends Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov gathered all the bits and pieces and patched it together as a finished performable opera. And for the past 100 years it reappeared in a variety of versions. Saturday’s four and a half hour version was the latest. While I had quibbles with some of the director/adaptor’s choices with this production, I had none with Borodin’s original musical and storytelling creativity.

After the opera I managed to disappear into one of the Museum’s works …DSC09277

and discover what this drinking jug …DSC09281

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I don’t think it was goat’s milk.

As you might have guessed, our weather has been fluctuating like a whirling dervish for the past week. A cold weekend …DSC09288

followed by a Monday and Tuesday full of sun and temps in the upper 80s! Then yesterday afternoon the temp started dropping … dropping some 54 degrees! Thankfully, I survived that, too. And the overnight snow the weather wizards had been threatening us with yesterday turned out to be a lot of rain.  Oh, well, that’s life in the Wicket City.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: After Mona Lisa

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It’s The First Weekend In Our Meteorological Spring

 In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, spring officially began yesterday on March 01, 2014. But you sure wouldn’t know it by looking outside last night or this morning. That’s when Stormageddon returned with a blast of Winterpast. It didn’t start out that way, because we had a family outing scheduled for late afternoon and evening as the Saint Louis Art Museum officially welcomed spring to the museum.

ArtInBloom  After a five-year hiatus that allowed the Museum to construct the new East Building and reconfigure all the galleries in the original Cass Gilbert building, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art  and fresh flowers returned to the Wicket City.

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 And an abundance of spring’s blooming bounty shared the galleries with works art from all ages and all parts of the world. As custom,  local florists and garden clubs were invited to present their interpretations of 31 works of art selected from the Museum’s vast collections … from Egyptian mummies to native artifacts to Modern Art. Here are some of the works that caught my eye.

ISLAMIC BASIN  - 1927 -  EGYPTIAN

ISLAMIC BASIN – 1927 – EGYPTIAN

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SPOUTED VESSEL - QUAPAW

SPOUTED VESSEL – QUAPAW

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PEDESTAL CLOCK

PEDESTAL CLOCK

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With my brother and niece in the background.

WATER LILIES - CLAUDE MONET

WATER LILIES – CLAUDE MONET

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ACROBATS - MAX BECKMANN

ACROBATS – MAX BECKMANN

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Sorry, Beekmann is always a bit out of focus for me.

TANG DYNASTY -BACTRIAN CAMEL

TANG DYNASTY -BACTRIAN CAMEL

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The two flower arrangements in the center are the floral interpretations of the MUSE CALLIOPE FIREPLACE PANELS on either side of the photo. This photo was taken in the Museum’s original library overlooking Art Hill, the park and the now mostly frozen Grand Basin.

TWILIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS - ALFRED T. BRITCHER

TWILIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS – ALFRED T. BRITCHER

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CRADLE - CHEYENNE (The Danforth Native American Collection)

CRADLE – CHEYENNE (The Danforth Native American Collection)

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This was my favorite flower arrangement.

And for a couple of flower arrangements saluting the new contemporary galleries …DSC09189

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And I did find one painting that reflected  the weather that was beginning to form outside the Museum’s walls … Outisidejpg

But before that started, we were all able to head over to the HILL for a great Italian dinner and get home. This morning we woke up to freezing rain, sleet, near zero temps and snow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned. As everyone should know, an abandoned building is, just by the fact that it is abandoned, is a dangerous place to be. So in this day and age most abandoned buildings are boarded up  or fenced in to keep people from wandering around in them and  getting injured. So, for my challenge I picked a subject that is brand new, but looks ABANDONED in an almost ancient way. My subject is Andy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA, a sculpture piece created last year for the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. The work consists of twenty-five giant sandstone arches assembled together to form a sea of stone in a narrow passageway between the original classic 1904 Museum building  and a new 2013 addition. The STONE SEA can be seen through multiple windows in a corridor connecting the two buildings. My view of ABANDONED is seen through a single window,

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STONE SEA – ABANDONED

YET ANOTHER ARCTIC MONDAY! NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE ARCTIC MONKEYS!

DSC09006  Well, today’s high temp of 27F was recorded at 12:ooAM and we didn’t reach the predicted morning low of 6F.  But never say never, because who knows what will happen  before the day ends. Don’t know what the wind chill is, because I haven’t even been tempted to stick my head outside today. I will have to brave that external excursion sooner or later because I have an empty trash cart waiting to be pulled back into the yard. Mlle. Renee did the Gunga Din routine showing that she was a better man than I, by making on one or two, but THREE brief sorties into the frigid wastes.  More out of necessity than exercise. I actually got up rather early this morning and get my butt out of the refrigerator. Ok, it was a pork butt and I had to put it in the crock pot for a day of slow cooking.CrockPot

Can show you what it looks like until I take the lid off at 6:00 tonight. Also haven’t decided on pulling it or slicing it yet.

Last night I watched the Grammy Awards Show which was much too long. I also think Yoko Ono put at least three hex signs directly on me. My major question is why do the producers insist on doing musical production numbers combining the musical talents of two individuals or groups who share no common musical talent or abilities. The one with the least talent always drowns out the other one. I mean when you combine a Wagnerian soprano with a tongue twisting rapper, you’re not going to please fans of either one. And why did Madonna show up dressed like the chorus line of Chorus Line. I’m not even going to comment on Taylor Swift’s spastic hair tossing. Taylor’s Swift Hair   Enough said.

WHERE, OH WHERE, HAS MY ORIGAMI KANGAROO GONE? I haven’t given up on the origami kangaroo yet. I also haven’t made an acceptable version yet either. And I haven’t given up on origami either. Why just this morning I was wondering, what if Peter Parker had been bitten by an atomic ant instead of a spider? That inspired me to fold …  THE ATOMIC ANTMAN!

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Hopefully, he doesn’t have a taste for BOOKWORMS!

DSC08966  In yesterday’s post I featured my Sherlock Holmes’ mug I used at breakfast. Not wanting to slight any of my other breakfast mugs, I decided to give them a daily appearance of their own.  So today, I had a hot mug of EARL GREY TEA in my Saint Louis Art Museum Mug.

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The imprint on the mug was so wide, I had to show it in two shots.   Mug2

And the pork butt I’ve been slow cooking all day … it was tenderlicious and I forgot to take a picture of it before I started eating it. So now, who takes pictures of leftovers.

And in case you were wondering, THE ARCTIC MONKEYS  were a British rock group.

IT’S FRIDAY … AND IT MIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT … AGAIN!

But the temperature did get up to 35 F today which allowed my brain freeze to thaw a bit. And as a result, I decided to …BE ARTISTIC  and tell you about one of my favorite pieces of art hanging on my office walls. For years, one of my regular stops at the Saint Louis Art Museum is the Chinese Gallery where I always check out this piece of sculpture.

Chinese Horse - Tang Dynasty

Chinese Horse – Tang Dynasty

I always walk through the narrow gallery to check him out. And over the years, I’ve captured him repeatedly with my various cameras. A couple of years ago I decided to have a large print of one of the shots I had taken to see what it would look like. This was the result …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Because three of the walls in the room are a dark red-brown, I adjusted the tint on the picture to match them. And then I hung the framed picture on the fourth wall that was a light tan or beige. It went on the middle of the wall between the two floor to ceiling book shelves.DSC08945

I like it, because the person who sculpted the original work of art captured the majesty of a proud animal.

Now, in case you’re wondering where  the origami kangaroo I’ve been trying to fold for the past several days is … let me say, he will  come when I capture his  or her majesty.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – LOUIS IX, KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

LOUIS IX , KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

LOUIS IX , KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO WITH A WINDOW.SLAMAndy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA (twenty-five limestone arches) in the lower level courtyard of the Saint Louis Art Museum formed by the original 1904 building and the new 2013 East Building Addition seen through the windows of the addition walkway. Each of five windows provides a different view of the sculpture piece.

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