I'm very sorry for the delay in posting - I spent most of last week visiting my grandbabies and didn't have computer access. Blessings on your week. Patti
I discovered William Bouguereau by when I was browsing through some paintings online and I was immediately drawn to the innocence that he portrays in his paintings of children and young women. His paintings are very lifelike. I hope you will enjoy them. (Note: please be careful in researching this artist - many of his works are female nudes so most sites display these paintings).
"Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come...My work is not only a pleasure, it has become a necessity. No matter how many other things I have in my life, if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable." --William Bouguereau
|The Nut Gatherers by William Bouguereau|
This link has a magnifying lense capability for viewing this painting:
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote Golden Variations. Wikipedia has this to say about it: "The Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), an aria with thirty variations. The collection has a complex and unconventional structure: the variations build on the bass line of the aria, rather than its melody, and musical canons are interpolated according to a grand plan. There are nine canons within the 30 variations, one placed every three variations between variations 3 and 27. These variations move in order from canon at the unison to canon at the ninth. The first eight are in pairs (unison and octave, second and seventh, third and sixth, fourth and fifth). The ninth canon stands on its own due to compositional dissimilarities."
You can listen to the first few on the following links:
Another poem this week by Robert Louis Stevenson:
The Sun Travels
The sun is not a-bed, when I
At night upon my pillow lie;
Still round the earth his way he takes,
And morning after morning makes.
While here at home, in shining day,
We round the sunny garden play,
Each little Indian sleepy-head
Is being kissed and put to bed.
And when at eve I rise from tea,
Day dawns beyond the Atlantic Sea;
And all the children in the west
Are getting up and being dressed.