Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blue plums



Here's one from last summer, when I started doing Daily Painting. These little prune plums grow on a tree in our yard, and I love their dusty-blue color. They're tasty, too, though sour.

Well, it's pissing down rain (yes, I do believe that is the technical term) here in London, but no matter, as I brought my umbrella to England, in spite of The Husband's scorn at my doing such a thing. (He didn't even bring a jacket...and keeps wanting to borrow mine, no surprise.) There is no hair product I know of that can prevent Jewfro events from occurring here. (And if anyone does know of one, let me know asap!)

Went for a couple of hours today to the National Gallery. What has stayed in my mind are: Rembrandt self-portrait at age 34; Velazquez's Portrait of King Philip IV (with the upturned moustache); Van Gogh's Sunflowers (very yellow-ochrey) and one of two red crabs on a turquoise background: magnificent!!; and a few Gauguins, particularly a still life with these marvelously purpley mangoes--what gorgeous color on that one! Oh, and of course some huge Turner seascapes.

I love how extremely navigable London is via the Tube. But it's so hot and uncomfortable and crowded in the subway. Why hasn't someone invented some kind of giant eco-friendly cooling device for that?

I was awake most of the night with jetlag. Send good wishes that I sleep tonight!



Missing those little soft feets....



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8 comments:

LSaeta said...

Great painting - love the colors and perspecive!
Sounds like London is fun ... who cares if it rains? No matter ... have fun exploring!

rahina qh said...

lovely dusty blues, and love those long shadows. good to hear you are enjoying london, though i personally dislike the place... but then i am from scotland:)

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi, I just found your blog and really like the mix of realism and abstract work. I also love the photos of your new kitten. Liz

Joanne said...

Hope you slept well - and are having a fabulous time! How I envy your art tour in London!!! I look forward to seeing pics when you get back... Who is looking after Lynxmuffin????

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Hi Jala, love that painting! The colors, the composition, and most of all the abstract quality! Beautiful. Also, glad to hear about your trip. I'm envious,all those museums! Continue to enjoy!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Cool painting (in both senses of the word) and cat photos.

Jala Pfaff said...

Leslie - Thanks!

Rahina - I was in Scotland once...I never unthawed. How do you stand the weather?!

eLiZabeth - Thanks. Mutual. And Lynx says hi.

Joanne - Whew, finally slept. What a great concept, sleep. Our friend/housesitter is caring for the Lynxmuffin.

Nancy - Thank you!

Bill (Lisa?) - Thanks much.

Laurel Daniel said...

This is stunning - and you SO GOT that dusty blue...