dream a little dream with me...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

a room of one's own

Agricol Louis Montagne

 Samuel Melton Fisher

Maurice Lobre

 Konstantin Somov

 Fernando Botero


 Harriet Backer

 Edgar Degas

Edouard Vuillard

Mlada Finogenova

Willard Metcalf

John Singer Sargent

Damian Elwes

Arthur Hughes

Frederick Childe Hassam

Pyotr Konchalovsky

 Edouard Vuillard

 Carl Holsoe

 Henri Le Sidaner

 Carl Larsson

 William Merritt Chase

 Sergei Vinogradov

 Edouard Vuillard

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

~ Harriet Tubman



  1. WHOAH.

    You literally just changed my perception of what a museum is. Though I've been perceived as being a visual artist, I never really had a keen sense of what it all is about. I just know that certain colors pleased me, black and white and simple lines always attracted me, and once in a while a painting would move me. BUT today, as I sit here with your fabulous choice of music, I think, finally at my age, I GET IT.

    If we're aware of what is in us and around us, we TEACH each other the passions that we have adopted and that live inside of us. I may inspire others to appreciate French, poetry, dance, theatre and other things I love. But the "audience" only responds if they've been prepared. I think it's been over a period of time that I've finally been able to "connect the dots" and see how poetry, music and LIGHT all come together in these fine paintings, that years ago, I may have liked, but not appreciated.

    A museum IS a place (and forgive me for my childish declaration here, as if I discovered this!!!!) but it is a place to not only show the strokes of genius and color, texture and perception, but to celebrate each individual human eye, mind and heart. How each artist perceives technique and uses it, in itself, is the art to be admired.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS TOUR of an extraordinary museum viewing today my dear, dear friend.


  2. Ciao Irinia, è bellissimo questo post! Grazie per i meravigliosi quadri! Come amo gli interni delle case....! mi hai fatta volare....la citazione è adatta per spiccare il volo!
    Grazie per le visite al mio blog e ai tuoi dolcissimi e gentili commenti!!!!!!
    Un abbraccio! a presto!

  3. those are grand
    breath taking...
    ah to paint such beauty...

  4. Ah Irina...ARoom Of One's Own...I pictured myself in each and every one of these...just perfect for the way I feel now...it's oh so restful to look at these! Thank you so much for a most apt post! Hope you have a terrific week...hugs across the miles to you, Dzintra xo

  5. Always so nice to hear from you Irina! Thankyou so much for stopping by recently and leaving your lovely comments. I hope you have had a lovely summer and are enjoying these last few weeks! Thankyou for always being such a sweetheart! Take care!
    Jennelise xo

  6. Lovely series of images Irina.
    There's something timeless about being in a beautiful interior and looking out to an equally lovely exterior. Thank you for sharing the beauty!

    Enjoy your day,

  7. Hello dear Irina, how's everything on your neck of the woods? Thank you for sharing those beautiful paintings, one can only dream of.

    Thank you for your sweet visit. Wishing you a pleasant weekend.


  8. Such gorgeous artwork!
    How are you, my friend?
    I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer... (how can this be?).
    I've been crazy busy with weddings...as usual. Please come by and see my beautiful mock wedding. My son and his beautiful girlfriend are the models in the shoot.
    I'd love your opinion!
    Love and big hugs!
    Lisa xoxo

  9. Thank you, Irina, for all the lovely compliments.
    A visit from you ALWAYS makes my day...
    I'm glad you liked the shoot...it's been a true labor of love. My son and his girlfriend were true naturals and Charlie was on his best behavior. :)
    Getting ready for Autumn (yes, Autumn!) ...my favorite time of the year!
    I can just smell the scent of cinnamon & apples now... :)
    Thanks again for coming by...always a wonderful treat!
    Have a wonderful day!

  10. Precious heart! I am so sorry to be on the run; now that I have to drive Ruben to work this morning, it means getting out of here NOW! Thank you for coming to view the photos with few words...seems as if people like my posts when there are less words and more photos...oh well. LOVE YOU!

  11. I so enjoyed this reverie, and will come back to it again and again. Love, Sandra

  12. Hello my dear,
    Thank you for coming to visit today. It's so funny because I was just thinking about you and wondering if you posted on your Gypsy blog. These images are wonderful, and I love the one with the woman and the red flowers. May I use it someday on a post? It is absolutely beautiful. It's nice to have a room of our own. I also love the picture of the girl sipping on tea. I have been wanting to redecorate my guest bedroom, and you have given me some ideas.

    Have a sweet day.


  13. Dear Irina,

    All these paintings are so beautiful and love the quote of dreaming and reaching for the stars.
    Thanks for visiting me and the kind message.
    Hope you are enjoying the week


  14. How I miss visiting the Art Museums in LA... This was a real treat dear friend.
    Thank you so much for your visit and such kind words.
    Wishing you a beautiful week.

  15. Irina, I can get lost in each and every one of these paintings. Exquisite! A beautiful post. laurie

  16. Such intimate spaces, each with the unique qualities noted by the artist... perhaps a lost memory.

    I hope that you have enjoyed your summer. It will be some time before we notice a season-change here but just a drop in the humidity makes me think of autumn...


  17. You Who Irina...hope your weekend is fun and wonderful...thank you for visiting...xoxo EdenClare

  18. Irini, This post just made me laugh out loud ( not what you would expect, right?), But it brought back the memory of my first "own room". Finally free of my dreaded older sister I could decorate my new room any way I wished. I PAINTED EVERYTHING LAVENDER. The bed, the dressing table, the walls and all the fabrics were shades of lavender or lavender prints; sometimes a bit of purple sneaked in. It was really over- the-top, but I loved it from the age of 9 to 13... that's when I "grew up" and began collecting antiques instead.

  19. Oh! I adore all of these portraits and paintings. They are so breathtaking! (I don't care for still life paintings, they are usually boring and have no character, unless it is a vase of roses, hydrangeas, or other flowers). I could 'go' for that library painting any day as I love reading books and love home libraries.
    Thank you for sharing these fine paintings by famous artists.
    Smiles to you!
    And have a blessed week.

  20. How are you, lovely Irina? Thank you so much for this perfect post. Between the music and the beautiful images, I could have sworn I was swept off my feet into the clouds. But I think more than anything it was your kind spirit that lingers on this page. Does not matter how perfect the rest is, it's the heart behind the creativity.
    I've missed you. Catching up today. I've left my old page open so that I may stay in touch with my dear blogging friends.
    Much love.

  21. Thankyou for stopping by Irina and for your lovely words! I am feeling better thank you :) Finally! I hope you are doing well too. Always lovely to hear from you!
    Jennelise xo

  22. This was so very perfect...thank you...

  23. So uplifting and inspiring...as always, my friend.
    It was such a delight to see your name pop up in my comments. I wanted to stop by sooner, but I'm definitely doing less visiting these days. After my husband and I set up our office (for our new business), and I fell into a routine, I tried reactivation Gathering at the Table but could not, so here I am. I'm sorry if I lost track, but I could have sworn I had stopped over when I opened the new page. I apologize if it slipped my mind.
    It's good to hear from you, Irina.

  24. Hello dear Irina, how are you? Hope you had a good break. Missed you my friend. How are you keeping with the weather? It's good to hear that it is now getting warmer in your neck of woods. I wish I could send you some sunshine. Thank you for stopping by. Talk to you soon.




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