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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Robert Bateman - Mossy Branches - Spotted Owl,

Robert Bateman's "Mossy Branches - Spotted Owl" --Beautiful work! This link allows you to zoom in to see the details of this painting. 
Mossy Branches - Spotted Owl, © Robert Bateman

Following is a link to our   Picassa Web Album of Robert Bateman Paintings. These will be the paintings we will be viewing this summer.  Though they are copyrighted we have been given permission to copy them for educational use.  

Books of paintings by Robert Bateman 

Continuing with "The Creation" oratorio by Franz Joseph Haydn -  
Part 1
Part 2  there are two places with nude artwork that you may want to minimize the screen for and just listen, from 04:28-05:15 and 06:33-06:48.  
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8 (Part 8 does include lots of nude artwork depicting Adam and Eve from about 00:32-04:15. You may want to minimize the screen and just listen.  Also footage of a Lion attacking a Wildebeast which might be too graphic for young or sensitive children - you could minimize when the lions start stalking at about 07:45 and continue to listen until this part is past- about 08:12).
Part 9
Part 10  (01:55-02:12 includes a piece of artwork of a person without clothes)
Part 11 (Part 11 from minute 06:52-08:05 focuses on a drawing of Adam and Eve without clothes - if this bothers you, just minimize for that minute....)
Part 12

The following are short biographical sketches of Franz Joseph Haydn's life:
Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
8Notes Franz Joseph Haydn
Wikipedia Hanz Joseph Haydn

Phillis Wheatley had a beautiful and humble attitude toward what God had brought into her life, seeing the gift through the pain - 

On Being Brought from Africa to America

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


  1. Thank you, Patti, for this informative post! You put so much time into this blog and it is so helpful!

    1. Thank you, Dana, for taking time to comment - it means a lot to know that you are out there and enjoying the posts! Blessings!

  2. We studied Haydn's works in our first term this year. The Creation was one that we listened to. It was definitely one of the longer pieces. We took several weeks to listen to it. :)

    Robert Bateman's picture of the owl has a lot of detail. The owl looks very real in my opinion. Even the branches in the forefront, you can see so much detail.

    1. What other works by Haydn did you particularly enjoy? I'm open to suggestions for the rest of our works by him....
      I also really like the realistic quality of Robert Bateman's art!! He is amazingly skilled! Makes me feel like I could reach out and touch the plants and animals.... I like his use of light, too. As you say, the detail is AMAZING!! Thanks for taking time to comment!

    2. We spent two weeks on "String Quartet Op 76 no 3 "Emperor" and "String Quartet Op 76 no 4 "Sunrise""; we spent four weeks on "London Symphony no 104"; and then we spent four weeks on "The Creation". I had a horn concerto on the schedule for the last two weeks of the term but I can't remember which one we listened to.

      My older daughter said she liked the "Sunrise" piece the best out of all the ones we listened to.

    3. Dear Karen - thanks so much for taking time to write - I will look up those pieces and definitely plan to use Sunrise! Thank you! Blessings, Patti

    4. You're welcome! I think my favorite Haydn one was the "London Symphony no 104." It's so lively and happy sounding! :)

  3. Thanks for these links, Patti. Very helpful to have them all ready to go!

  4. Dear Carol: Thanks for taking time to comment, it encourages me to know you are finding it helpful. It seems like a good use of time for more people to benefit from the effort that goes into pulling it together and really it doesn't take any longer to share it on a blog, besides it keeps me accountable to keep up on it. :)