Friday, September 13, 2013

A Marilyn Monroe Moment

It was such a lovely day, the kind of day to go on an afternoon outing. So we did, hubby and I, and as it was warm and sunny, I chose to wear my sleeveless Monet-patterned summer dress with swirly skirt (there's a glimpse of the pattern in my sidebar photo).

As we crossed one of the grilled openings on the sidewalk, I suddenly felt my skirt billow. Fortunately, it wasn't a huge billowing, but I grabbed for it before it blew over my head.  I will have you know we were all appropriately attired for the outing, so no oopsies in that department.

For a brief second, I felt like Miss Monroe...kiss kiss!

Our first stop of the day was at the symphony box office to buy tickets for the Classics Masters series. This is something we haven't done for ages, but with the great two-for-one promotion they were having this fall ...and... a $200 gift certificate in hand, it seemed the perfect time to immerse ourselves in a little culture!

With tickets safely tucked in handbag, we sauntered hand-in-hand down the street to the Art Gallery...for more culture.  And pleasantly whiled away the afternoon saturating our senses with the rich selection of watercolours on display from the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

It was wonderful! I felt so alive. Electric. I wanted to go home not paint...but write.  I was inspired with all that talent and giftedness on exhibit.  I wanted to write something as beautiful. Is it possible with pen, ink and paper (or a computer keyboard)? 

I had so many favourites -- and a painting by William Henry Hunt with primroses and a bird's nest was certainly one of them. I saw pieces by Constable and Turner...up close and in real life, not just in a book or on a notecard.  I found that quite special.  To be that close to something these famous artists worked and dreamed over.

William Henry Hunt - circa 1845

It was a lovely outing.
rich selection of watercolours from the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London. - See more at:
That was my afternoon... how was yours?


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  1. What a super outing you had. I love the painting, I think many of his were of Nature.

  2. You brought your afternoon to life for us! Some writers do keep pen and paper with them all the time. Do you? be able to buy tickets to the symphony...It has been more than a decade...well one just never knows! Culture: it's a good thing.

  3. What a lovely afternoon. I always find it quite moving seeing paintings by famous artists for real.

  4. What a lovely and culture-filled afternoon - complete with a Marilyn Monroe moment! Love it.

    We helped our son and daughter-in-law move into their new-to-them home yesterday afternoon. Today we are listening to rain fall and thunder rumble. It's a cozy time.

  5. I could FEEL your excitement!
    It was like I was with you, enjoying the outing.


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