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We made it!

We traveled from Hannibal to Hamilton Missouri….the destination that got this whole trip started. We stayed at a terrific AirBnB just one block from the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Quilt Town USA. This was the main destination of this crazy trip. Once we got to Hamilton, after stopping at 4 shops along the way that day, we took our purchases in and organized them in our totes. We figured that 5 shoppers and 9 days on the road would lead to many, many bags rolling around in the back in our van so we stored our purchases in totes to help keep it all straight. We were excited to finally be in Quilt Town USA and anxious for the shops to open and to tour the warehouse the next day.

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Last Saturday a group of quilters left on a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip to Missouri. We have had so much fun so far stopping at many, many quilt shops along the way as well as other roadside attractions. I thought I should catch up on what we have done so far. We went from Virginia to Ohio for our first stop and saw lots of farmland, windmills, barns and barn quilts.

We have seen so many odd things along the way…including the mobile Baptismal running along the interstate!

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We had a great time last night painting these fun works of art.

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Radish Paper and Acrylic, 8" x 8"

Paper and Acrylic, 8″ x 8″

Susannah Raine-Haddad's magazine cover

Susannah Raine-Haddad’s magazine cover

The second painting I did at the Nimrod Art weekend was a small paint and paper piece of a radish.  Working with paper collage is so different from just painting.  I am glad to get the opportunity to experience it with such a wonderful instructor.

Susannah Raine-Haddad was extremely generous in her teaching.   You can learn more about her and her work on her website ZouZou’s Basement.

One of her wonderful collage pieces made the cover of Cloth-Paper-Scissors magazine earlier this year.

Thanks Susannah for sharing your skill and knowledge with us.  It was great fun!

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Nimrod Artist Retreat


Getting ready for breakfast at Nimrod Hall, a wonderful artist’s retreat. I love it here. Wonderful artists…very inspiring!

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Copyist at the National Gallery working on a "Monet"

Copyist at the National Gallery working on a “Monet”

While visiting the National Gallery of Art a few weeks ago to see the wonderful Wyeth and Degas-Cassatt exhibits I had time to walk through a few of the permanent exhibit galleries.  There were several copyist at work.  I have seen some there in the past and often wondered if I could ever have enough courage to do that.  Maybe one day.

You can see more about the copyist program at the NGA here.

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Public Art in Nashville Airport

Public Art in Nashville Airport

You know I am always talking about art being all around us.  It’s hard not to see some art everywhere you go…including airports.  Yesterday while traveling home from Kentucky I flew from Nashville International Airport and it is filled with art and music.  Learn more here.

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"The Artist's Studio" Raoul Dufy, 1935

“The Artist’s Studio”
Raoul Dufy, 1935

One of the things I love most about going to some of the smaller art museums like The Phillips Collection is that you often see paintings that are not as well-known as some of the more famous pieces that you see in major art venues.  Last Saturday I saw these wonderful works by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953).  He was a French painter with a decorative and colorful style that was greatly influenced by Matisse.

The Artist’s Studio was painted in oil on canvas in 1935.


"The Opera, Paris" Raoul Dufy, 1924

“The Opera, Paris”
Raoul Dufy, 1924

 The Opera, Paris was painted in 1924 using watercolor and gouache on paper.  Many artists experimented with watercolor and gouache during this time period.


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Phillips LuncheonOne of the most beautiful examples of impressionism is “Luncheon of the Boating Party” painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).  Painted in 1880-81 in oil on canvas, it was acquired by Duncan Phillips in 1923 for $125,000.  It is the anchor piece of The Phillips Collection in Washington DC.  Read more about the painting here.  The Phillips offers a cell service for hearing about some of their paintings.  You can call 202-595-1839, wait for the prompt and put in #75 to hear more about this beautiful painting.

This past weekend I spent some time at The Phillips enjoying some of the wonderful art that Phillips collected.  (Read more about The Phillips Collection here.) If you ever have an opportunity to see his collection make the time.


Phillips OutsideHoused in his wonderful old house (that has been expanded over the years) right off of DuPont Circle in DC, it offers wonderful examples of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism as well as Modern Art.  Make the trip.

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Little Dancer - Edgar Degas

Little Dancer – Edgar Degas

Over the years I have posted many times about Edgar Degas and his dancers.   The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer that he sculpted in 1880 is just beautiful.  Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the 6th Impressionist exhibit in 1881.  The wax original was tinted to simulate flesh, clothed in a fabric bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped with a horsehair wig tied behind with a silk ribbon.  Can you imagine seeing that???!!!  Did you know that this sculpture was not cast in bronze until after Degas died.  His family had it done and 69 sculptures survived the bronzing process.  (You can read and see more about it here and at the link at the end of this post.)


Degas Dancer from the back

Degas Dancer from the back

The wonderful thing about seeing the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently is that they have it displayed right in the middle of a gallery where you can walk all the way around it.  Wonderful! And there are many Degas Dancer paintings hanging in the gallery with it.  A dancer would be in heaven!

There is much known and written about Degas and his dancers.  Check it out here.

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