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Wearing my mask in front of the harbor near the cottage.
August tomatoes in all their glorious variety, colors and juicy flavors.
Farm stand! Gustave Caillebotte, a close friend of Monet, helps us to see beauty in our ordinary experiences.
Sensuous, graceful leaves to braid, unbraid, mist and admire!
Ecstasy! I'm the girl in Carl Larsson's painting. My windowsill gardens are growing lush, perfuming the air.
Carl Larsson's green plant stand inspires my imagination!
The happiest birthday party ever—pure glee!
Cooper took this photo on Enders Island, Stonington.
Cooper took this photo of me surrounded by dahlias.
“Art is there to help us live, and for no other reason. Art is there to tell us where we are, and it is there to tell us who we are. It gives us pleasure, coincidentally, but primarily it is there to tell the truth.” —John Russell
Beauty Is Everywhere
In August I reread John Russell’s The Meanings of Modern Art. In his preface he wrote that he most wanted to hear “I learned a lot from your book, but what is more to the point is I had a very good time.”
My quiet days at home were, as Russell wrote, “astonishingly happy.” As I reviewed my postcard collection from museums around the world, I realized the Impressionists are the group of artists that bring me the greatest happiness.
Our ordinary daily lives are beautiful. What we are doing with love becomes a meditation. Grace appears. Beauty is everywhere. We can choose it, and we have the ability to create beauty in our deliberate actions. What we do to add quality to a moment enters our soul. Any act done out of pure love is the work of an honest person.
I trust Monet. I trust van Gogh. They touch me in the core of my being. I trust my friend Roger Mühl, whose art I am fortunate to be surrounded by. It exudes this juicy sense of life’s beauty.
The artists who genuinely care, who have an intrinsic need to connect with us, reach us. Their light shines through—in words, in drawings, paintings and love. For van Gogh, religion was too narrow a path, using only his words spoken through his peculiar red hair. Through art, he was able to show us the miraculous beauty in all of nature. His greatness is felt through his deep, complex inner life.
Remember, “Without a hurt the heart is hollow!”