Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Kreeger Museum (Pt. 2)


Here's a peek at some of the art inside. The collection is small with a focus on mostly paintings and sculptures from 1850 to the present. I didn't know what they'd have on display, and I was pleasantly surprised to see some paintings by favorites like Frank Stella, Joan MirĂ³, and Clyfford Still on the lower level. We also saw an exhibit on Flemish Expressionism, and I discovered a couple of painters I really liked: Jean Brusselmans and Albert Saverys.

I liked that it was small and intimate, and it wasn't crowded at all. I never had to do that shuffle thing you do in museums when several people are trying to look at a painting and read the title plaque all at once. It can be distracting when you just want to focus on the art. There was a security guard who seemed hypervigilant and kept pacing around us in one room, which was a little strange. But for the most part, we were able to hang out and take our time looking at art, and there's pretty much no better way to spend an afternoon if you ask me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Kreeger Museum


A few pics from last weekend at The Kreeger. It was sunny and perfect and blazingly bright. We spent as much time walking around the sculpture garden and grounds as we did looking at paintings indoors...that's kind of rare for me because paintings/drawings/prints are usually what hold most of my attention. (I do have some photos from inside that I'll share later.)

If you're a fan of Philip Johnson, or mid-century modern architecture in general, it's definitely worth a visit. Buildings in this style are sort of rare in D.C. It's crazy to think this was a private residence before it was converted into an art museum in 1994. Wouldn't that be great...to spend a few decades collecting art for your home and then letting everyone else enjoy it too? Remind me to put that on my to do list. ;)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Plans


Happy Friday to you and hooray for park weather! Hoping to park my butt right there this weekend. Also on the agenda: gardening, reading, napping, drinking smoothies...all the good stuff.

Other good things to know about:
It's free National Park weekend in the US. If you spent all winter being cooped up and miserable like most of us around here, why not take advantage of the waived admission fees and do some exploring in a beautiful place?

Also, Saturday is Record Store Day, and there are events scheduled at record stores all over the world. Check the site to see what's going on near you. If you're a vinyl lover, you probably don't need a reason to buy more, but you know, it's good to get out and support your local shops!

One more thing, on Saturday there's a huge Earth Day event happening on the Mall in DC with a bunch of bands and I don't know what from 11-7. You can watch a livestream on the site. Most local folks, myself included, will probably take this as a warning to steer clear. Not that I don't love the earth, but you know people, so many people. Ugh.

Anyway, I'm off to the post office to mail an order. Hope your weekend is swell. xo, Mary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pear Blossoms


White-tipped trees in the late afternoon sun gave me pause the other day as I was walking back to my car. A woman told me she thought they were pear blossoms. They were all over the place and absolutely gleaming.

We still haven't been to see the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin this year, although we have seen other cherry trees blooming around the city. I'd still like to make it to the Mall at some point this week if we can find a good time to go.

I was looking at tweets about the National Cherry Blossom Festival recently, and I came across a link to an article on Washingtonian Magazine's blog giving advice on how to take good photos of the cherry blossoms. To my complete surprise, they used one of my Instagram photos from last year as an example. How cool is that?

Looking at these photos again is making me think I might need to find an excuse to nip outside before it gets dark. :)

Hope everyone is having a good week. xo, Mary

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grow Good Luck!


I bought this little Japanese good luck charm with a "flowering fortune" inside at a local museum shop a few weeks ago. Isn't it just the cutest thing ever? You pull a string and out comes your fortune with seeds inside. You plant the fortune and "watch your luck grow." I've planted my seeds (chrysanthemums) and can't wait to see little sprouts (hopefully!) in a couple weeks, and a little good luck wouldn't hurt either. :)

I'll post an update with photos if anything grows! xo, Mary

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring in Old Town


I really do love spring; everyone puts flowers out on their doorsteps, birds are busy making nests, and blossoming things abound. I can't wait to spend some time outdoors this weekend, despite a hurt foot I'm hobbling around on and allergies that just won't quit. Nature is pretty brilliant right now, even in the city, and I don't want to miss it. :)

By the way, I thought I'd try something new on the blog. I usually wait until I have lots of photos to create a post, but that's meant infrequent posting as of late as I haven't had time to take or edit lots of photos. I thought it might be nice to do shorter posts on a more regular basis, with a photo or two, or maybe some writing? I realized I actually really enjoy reading blogs that post little snippets daily, and there's no reason I can't do shorter posts too.

I hope shaking off some of my self-imposed restrictions will lead to more frequent updates around here and make blogging and sharing more fun. I really do love that I have this space to do whatever I want with, and I'm thankful you guys have stuck around here with me. xo, Mary