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Friday, May 1, 2015

Albert Anker - Girl with Dominoes, Berlioz - Romeo and Juliet, Robert Browning - Home Thoughts from Abroad

I finally got my Albert Anker paintings printed on card stock at our local Office Max.  It costed about $10 for all fifteen and I'm happy with them .  Somehow looking at a hard copy is much better than veiwing them online.  One of my girls asked, "Are you going to frame them?"  But how would I frame all of them and where would I put them up?  I thought about putting them in plastic sleeves in a 3-ring binder and will probably do that when we switch to a new artist, but for now my daughter suggested that I tape them to the wall in the dining room where we can look at them all regularly - so there the first few are, and we will add one a week as we study them.  Here is the link in case you haven't had a chance to copy them yet and want to do it: Picasa Web Album of Albert Anker Paintings.  This week's painting is a girl playing with dominoes.

This week, another Shakespeare play-based  piece by Hector Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet.  You can listen to it in its entirety Berlioz - Romeo and Juliet

And our poem this week by Robert Browning is Home Thoughts from Abroad --

OH, to be in England
Now that April 's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossom'd pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray's  
That 's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!


  1. Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa, and THANK YOU for all your effort with these posts. I subscribed to your blog while you were busy with Constable (one of my all-time favourites) and now we thoroughly enjoy the Albert Anker paintings. I also had mine printed on cardstock...and we do in fact 'frame' ours: I bought a lovely wooden frame and it stands on a small table-top easel. Every time we change paintings, I just open the clips at the back, remove the old painting (which goes into a file with plastic sleeves for the children to peruse at their leisure) and we replace it with the next painting. Some of them printed smaller than the frame, so I use glue stick to glue it onto white copy paper before slipping it into the frame :-)

  2. Thank you for taking time to comment. I like your idea of framing each week's painting! I do also save them in a notebook with plastic sleeves - it's fun to look back on the paintings we've studied. Blessings, Patti

  3. Great ideas! I am wondering if it is possible to save the pictures from the Picasa album to an online printing site. I use Snapfish, and that would be much easier for me. Does anyone know if this can be done? (And how?)

  4. Second question... (Because my above idea turns out to be too costly)... How do you go about getting card stock prints at a store? Can you download the album to a hard drive? We usually use the iPad, but I would prefer real prints. I suppose I need to open up the computer and figure it out!