Thursday, June 14, 2007
"Savoring the Last Day"
"Savoring the Last Day"
This is our last day here in Washington, D.C.. Whatever we haven't accomplished that we hope to in this vibrant, bustling, driven, beautiful city must be done today.
I think there are still some things in the NGA that I need to see.
Meanwhile, I pause this morning for a drawing:
Persistence of Wonder
"Waiting for Spinach Pochettes"
They are so flaky, buttery and yummy, oozing spinach goodness...
"Notes Made at the NGA"
Try 'pen and ink with WASH'.
Try midtone paper with white and black colored pencils.
Detail, detail. Use the .005 pen!
(Yes! Great decision to revisit NGA, many things missed in West building. More to report later...)
"Finishing the Stay"
There were more sculptures and vessels of every size and description, these from the permanent collection:
"Neptune on a Sea Monster" c. 1500/1509
Bronze 45.6 x 26.7 x 20 cm (17 7/8 x 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.)
SEVERO CALZETTA DA RAVENNA
North Italian, active in Ravenna and Padua 1496-1525/1538
And there were so many Chinese porcelains...
KANGXI REIGN c. 1662-1722
Famille verte enamels on biscuit porcelain
This piece is from the 13th century, but there's a modern feeling about it:
Aquamanile in the Form of a Horseman 13th century
Bronze, probably English or Scandinavian
In addition, we had more opportunities for fun with reflective surfaces. I was in the middle of trying to capture one of Julia and I behind a huge standing candlabra when the viewfinder went black. I tried different batteries, but still had a blank screen. I suspect I taxed the total storage capacities of the memory card. I'd been getting an unusual red flashing warning I'd not seen before. So the camera lasted nearly the entire trip. I'd have loved to get photos of the Calders in the East wing. An entire area was devoted to his fun. In addition to their intrinsic qualities, there was shadow play on the walls which added to the total effect.
There was another of those jeweled fish, one of which I'd seen at Smithsonian's American Art Museum, but this one at the NGA featured winged hands and was suspended from the ceiling. Two shadows from it appeared on the nearby wall, such that the onlooker sees the original piece, then below it a fairly detailed shadow and below that, a second shadow less detailed.
We finished our visit with eating gelato in the expresso/gelato cafe. I picked seats by the huge rushing water cascade and savored each tiny spoonful.
An evening pause for a drawing:
Julia in her white nightgown...
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