Thursday, March 26, 2009

art and snow

The kids and I spent Wednesday afternoon at the Denver Museum of Art. Jake had an assignment to pick out a piece of art and draw his own recreation of it. We walked through several floors of varying exhibits - everything from fine art, to art from different countries, to unique and unusual contemporary art, before he found a piece he wanted to draw.

He found an oil painting amongst the western art displays, pulled up a chair, and spent the next hour drawing what he saw before him. I was impressed since he is not an art student and he did his best while onlookers peeked over his shoulder expecting to see some impressing recreation. Jake's not an artist but he did a great job.

These two pictures were from one of those unusual displays. It was a walkway where there were tables set with dishes and food - all painted in red. And amid the tables, there were foxes playfully posing. It was fascinating to me and pleasing to my eye. You know what they say; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with my children and experiencing all the art.

On another note... we had a blizzard today! (which was yesterday by the time you read this.)

We knew we would be getting a big storm going through, but because of the winds, they upgraded it to a blizzard. They predicted 8-12 inches for the Denver area. Areas to the north and west received at least 12" but as I type this, about 11:00 at night, we only got about 6". It is still snowing but so lightly that I don't think we'll get more than another inch as it's supposed to snow off and on through the night.

Most of the schools were canceled today, and tomorrow as well. It was nice not having to go anywhere and catch up on things around the house while the snow came down outside. Yep, a nice day.


Karen said...

I love going to the art museum. The kids and I are heading out to the aquarium today. We were supposed to go yesterday, but the blizzard nixed those plans!

Christine said...

I found the paintings appealing as well. They are fun and made me smile.

I was lucky to have been able to go to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa a couple of times. Last time I was there they had an exhibit of Emily Carr's works. It was fantastic! That is one nice thing about living in a big city. You get to have big attractions. We do have an art gallery and a zoo but they are small. It is better than nothing though and we still enjoy them but going to a big gallery or zoo is a treat.

I am so glad that we did not get any of your blizzard. It is almost Easter. Where is spring?

Short Stop said...

I was wondering what this painting was when you posted it for WW, and OH MY WORD, the color is just amazing. That red - it's captivating.

Snow - WOW - you got a lot. I'm hoping we don't get anymore. I just don't know if I can take it. Then again, this is the Midwest.

Momma Roar said...

I think those displays were neat too - I like to see things you wouldn't expect.

I did have to chuckle at the first one, change it to a fluffy white dog with a big tail and you've got my table when we forget to push our chairs in!!

I can't imagine we'll get anymore snow - but there's nothing to do here if we would. The ski areas have already shut down and you end up just feeling stuck indoors!

MightyMom said...

we had a nice day today too! rain off and on and 65 degrees.

I like the IDEA of the exhibit...but it would be much more pleasing if it were all in blue or makes my eyes water. don't ask me why.

art museums are sooo much fun to kill time in!!

barb said...

Fun pictures. I would like to see Jake's!! How about it?

nancy said...

I'm glad the snow wasn't so bad for you. It sounded terrible on the news report. I guess you are REALLY ready for winter to be over!

Just Mom said...

I love museums, especially the Art Institute of Chicago. My only "complaint" is that there is never enough time in the day to see every exhibit. Some day, I'm going to block out an entire month where all I do is spend eight hours each day visiting the different exhibits. Do you think that will be enough time?

I love the vibrant color in this exhibit. Did the artist choose different shades and textures of red? It's sometimes hard to tell when looking at a photo on a computer screen.

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Maxine said...

Ok! I just got back over here to see what that was all about. Neat! Hope your snow is melting all away! We are trying to have spring here.

Lori said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the art museum.

Can you believe this snow.
The western part of our state is getting hit today. It is coming our way.

P.S. I've finally posted come by my site when you get a chance