van Gogh

My son - who always has the best ideas - suggested I share a piece about Vincent van Gogh. I so hope you enjoy!

I can’t tell you how many images I’ve taken of this painting Roses over the years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art it’s one of my favorites. I recently watched Loving Vincent this film is incredible. Oil paintings come to life. If you have not watched you really should. Not only is it incredible to view but, it offers a different take on the painters life.

I love the above painting Oleanders so much I have a framed copy in the Chalet.

I took these images just a few weeks ago on the July 13, I was in the city to celebrate my birthday and what better way to spend an afternoon than wandering around the best place on earth! I’m excited to be sharing a piece about my visits to the Met in the upcoming weeks… I hope you’ll look for it!

The Self Portrait with a Straw Hat has a painting on obverse The Potato Peeler - it was extremely difficult to photograph - so I am sharing my image and the image from the Met Museum.

There are so many works by this amazing soul… I thought I would share some options that were available at the Kiosk outside the Gallery. You can find much more at the Met Museum Store.

Three Ink over Graphite works that hang in my sisters powder room.

Three Ink over Graphite works that hang in my sisters powder room.

The above images are from a 2006 Engagement Calendar - I love the variety of works included.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at this brilliant talent. Who is your favorite artist?

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Til next time!

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Magical Museums Part 2

In December we were lucky enough to get into the City twice (of course I mean New York City) . We visited the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s a peek at our day by Rock Center and the Met.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is every bit as majestic in person as it is in this image!

Well we did it… On December 27th we went by Rockefeller Center to see the Tree and went to the Met! I can’t say I will ever venture into Manhattan that week ever again - it was crazy crowded everywhere!


My second favorite place on the planet. 1. Being the Chalet 2. Is most definitely the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


In all my years of visiting the Met I have never seen so many people there! Here my sis and Liam by the Temple of Dendur.


When you miss your neighbors by 45 minutes… The young lady on the left is Liam’s babysitter!

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Even Liam likes the Frank Lloyd Wright room. The design and all the contents are lovely. We also go through the American Wing when we visit the Met.


The Jewelry exhibit was beautiful - the exhibit showcased jewels over the centuries. The Galleries were set in low light to allow the cases to be showcased. I only took a few images: the Louis Comfort Tiffany exquisite necklace, these bracelets - because I am all about bracelets! I am naked without mine. And on our way out Liam looked up and said “Mom look at the gold in the hair piece - that’s Egyptian and we’ve seen it before.” He was right on all counts.


In between a Manet and a Degas we have Boy In The Corner! Ha… Liam is a big fan of the Met it is the museum he has visited most and ever his mother’s son… he loves a trip to the gift shop! (Insert Hand over Face Emoji!)

I was especially happy to walk through the Impressionist Gallery and take in these masters - having just watched a wonderful two part documentary about the Impressionists. - I have linked the programs here - I can’t recommend viewing them enough!

I have more than one post card of this painting and every time I visit I take another image. It reminds me of my sister - she’s the first person who ever brought me to the Met - and I love this glorious painting. I love the subject - the seaside and a happy sunny day!

This painting has caught my eye before - but, this time I remarked how it reminded me of a painting by our family friend Helen Flemming (you may remember the Barn painting on the porch is by her) my sister agreed so I grabbed this image.


I love to admire the view of Manhattan from Weehawken, NJ when we leave the Ferry terminal.

Til next time!

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a little trip (part 2)

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This week I'm sharing part 2 of my trip to Shelburne Museum and beyond. If you missed the first part you can click here. You can see the steamboat Ticonderoga just over the knoll - I loved visiting this boat as much today as I did when I was a child.

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This painting by Anna Mary Robertson Moses: The Mailman has Gone is housed in the Stagecoach Inn.

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The Webb Gallery has beautiful paintings including this Carl Rungius: Bow River, Alberta.











Liam loved the lip bench.

I adore this old image of the Colchester Reef, Lighthouse built in 1871. Its so cool to be able to see it's original location.

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The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building (Mrs. Webb the founder of Shelburne Museum) was completed posthumously and contains whole rooms of the Webb's Fifth Avenue Apartment - the walls, the furnishings, the fabulous art - Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Rembrandt and more.

The rooms are luxurious.

The circular staircase in the hall is breathtaking.

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Mrs. Webb's Mother was a lifelong friend of artist Mary Cassatt and was one of her most ardent patrons.

This painting in the hall by Cassatt is of Electra Havemeyer Webb and her mother Louisine Elder Havemeyer.



Day 2 was beautiful and sunny! Yay! Our first stop was the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. We were eager to view the two exhibits In the Garden and Playing Cowboy.

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Splendid! This image is currently my screen saver. The history - The vista! I love it!

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The In the Garden exhibit features actual insects made into art. My son really loved the locusts on the wall. It also offers additional art, textiles, jewelry and garden accessories.

The Playing Cowboy exhibition shares how the Cowboy image was manipulated and marketed to the public - most cowboys were actually Native Americans or Mexicans not Caucasians. The exhibit includes archival footage of Buffalo Bills Wild West Show from 1910 which is incredible.


The three oil cloth paintings of Powhatan, Tecumseh and Osceola from the 1850's are extraordinary.  At the time these paintings would have been placed inside a tent and back-light by candles - then stories of each of these Native American leaders would have been told.

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The Carousel was closed for maintenance; I think my sister and I were more bummed about it than Liam! So we made our way to the Circus Building which houses two hand carved Circus Models.

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The first thing you view upon entering is The Kirk Brothers Circus - a complete miniature three-ring circus made up of more than 3,500 pieces. Edgar Kirk fashioned the figures over a period of forty years using only a treadle jigsaw and penknife. It's nothing short of astounding.

Here is an aerial of the building - a large horseshoe shape with an incline to the center apex.

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What stopped my sister and I in our tracks... we both had very clear memories of it.

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The Arnold Circus Parade was crafted between 1925 and 1955, the parade is more than 500 feet long, with 4,000 one inch to one foot scale figurines ranging from acrobats, animals, clowns and circus wagons. The collection also includes circus memorabilia and animals too fragile to use on the carousel.

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This page is from my childhood coloring book showing the museum campus.

It was such a wonderful visit.



Before we made our way out of VT. we stopped at the Champlain Valley Antiques Center. I'm happy to report we all brought home some treasures. I picked up a great pocket photo album of Vermont, along with a set of lovely vintage colonial street scene prints, and a sweet small hand painted wooden plate. Liam found a toy boat with wheels and an airplane. My sister bought a beautiful print.

some of these treasures are shown along with a few more I picked up on a stop our last day traveling. 

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We took another car ferry over to New York State - two in two days Liam was in Heaven!

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Our next stop was Fort Ticonderoga, NY. The Fort is a large 18th century star fort built by the French at the south end of Lake Champlain.  The stonework and the views were both amazing!


One of my favorite images of our week-long trip. 

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Next week I'll share the final installment - our time in Lake George, NY.

til next time.