Jet Lag is Fading – Time to Paint

John and I returned to Las Vegas from our trip to the historic east coast last night. The jet lag is fading and we’re finally getting up to speed.

Did I find the painting inspiration I hoped for…..yes and more!

Beginning with a tour of Washington D.C., the Freer Gallery was a wonderful stop. The Whistler Peacock Room was deconstructed in London and transported to the gallery.

"The Peacock room" by Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur
“The Peacock room” photo by Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur

It was a fascinating feeling to stand in this room which Whistler painted and redecorated in 1876 resulting in the owners disapproving shock, unpaid for the massive project Whistler filed for bankruptcy.

A John Singer Sargent painting “The Loggia” was a joy to view up close. Look at how simply he dashed in that head and hands.

The Loggia by John Singer Sargent
The Loggia by John Singer Sargent
Detail of the Loggia by John Singer Sargent
Detail of the Loggia by John Singer Sargent

More of his work can be found online here.

On to Colonial Williamsburg. We just couldn’t get enough of this authentic city which was founded as the capital of the Virginia Colony in 1699. The fascinating thing to me was that the people weren’t just costumed actors but functioning 17th century tradesmen filling orders for handmade furniture, hand sewn clothing etc.

It was truly a beautiful place to learn as well as just walk around the gravel pathways to see what  could be discovered. Just a few of the hundreds of pics I took there are below.

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Time to start painting, but where do I start?

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