Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Finally. I'm Back.

We took a lightning trip to London to see our daughter's painting in the National Portrait Gallery. I'm a small town girl and not a big city fan. I didn't like New York, so I was dreading London.  I got there and LOVED it. It's such an amazing city. One minute you're in a crowd of people, the next a park.  It's a fascinating place with so many things to do and see, not the least of them the Portrait Gallery.  The art work was amazing. So much variety with such divergent backgrounds. Most of the artists had art degrees. But I saw at least two artists that listed self-taught on their cards. All the portraits looked like the artists had years of training.
This is Meghan's work. Her husband built the frame for her.  The off center look was due to yours truly and how I was holding the phone.

Her father taking a picture of the portrait:)

AND....
Some outdoor art.

So what's been going on in my absence? Spill it;)


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  1. Welcome back oh proud mama. I am surprised that you didn't BURST with pride.
    And very glad to liked London.

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    1. Thanks, EC. Yes, we're bursting:)
      London was wondrous.

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  2. Welcome back Sandra, so pleased you loved London....just a few hours away from me. How proud you must be of your daughter.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Good to see you back again, and glad you enjoyed London and seeing your daughter's wonderful portrait in the National Gallery, how fantastic! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Val:)
      Hugs received and returned.

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  4. I would suggest your daughter is from the school of realism. I swear at first, I thought the painting was a photo of a woman looking into a mirror. It's a beautiful painting, and I suspect you are one very proud mother.

    That was some pretty great "outdoor art," too.

    Sorry Sandra, nothing to spill here. I lead a boring life, so hope you took lots of photos of London so I can live vicariously.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I love realism paintings too. Unfortunately, it's not that appreciated in art education.
      Most of the time our daily routine is pretty mundane also.

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  5. Glad London ended up being such a fun city for you to explore! And wow, your daughter's painting is absolutely amazing! So impressively lifelike...

    Also, as a self-taught artist myself, it's cool knowing that a couple people without degrees had their work featured in that gallery, too! Must've been fun to see all that gorgeous art in person...

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    1. Heather, the portraits by self-taught artists were stunning, as is your work:)

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  6. Glad London beat stuffy old NY. Awesome that you got to see it there. She did an amazing job indeed.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. London was such a delight, though you did have to be on your toes when crossing the streets. Heh.

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  7. We're not telling what has been happening in your absence. You will have to find out for yourself, but to save you time, don't bother with my blog.

    Amazing to flit off to London and quite an honour for your daughter. I like the slightly weird framing.

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    1. Don't bother with your blog. Ha!
      This was extreme flitting for us:)

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  8. Welcome back! What an honor to see your daughter's work hung there. London is an amazing town. I lived there for a few months and still didn't get to see everything I wanted to see.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome back, Alex:)
      An honor indeed.
      I didn't realize you ever lived in London. That must have been a wonderful experience.

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  9. Congratulations to you daughter! And Miranda! The frame is beautiful, too. You can use the perspective correction tool in PSP to correct odd angle photos.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome home, CJ:)
      You are my PSP guru:)

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  10. Welcome back! Love that picture.

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    1. Thank you, Jamie:) Much appreciated.

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  11. You must be so proud! I love London too but hope to travel around Great Britain next time.

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    1. You betcha! :)
      We would love to visit Great Britain too, just don't want to get back on an airplane to do it:)

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  12. You must be busting out all over with smiles! The painting is wonderful!! Well Done!
    I can't stand NY City either...Too much humanity in one spot. Give me a farm, a cow, a couple of chickens and I'm happy.
    Glad your home safe and sound!
    hughugs

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    1. Hey Donna,
      Well I can't take credit for the painting, but I'll take half credit for the artist:) Heh.
      I'm with ya on NYC. And besides the excess of people, part of my problem was the lack of green.
      The parks in London reminded me of NC.

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  13. Hi Sandra - no wonder you went off to London 'town' ... isn't it a great city - and so much to do. Your daughter is incredibly talented to have her work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery - I was a member and will rejoin when I return. It's a stunning portrait ... so so clever - congratulations to Meghan. Great she's as talented as this - fantastic to see ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. London is a great city for sure.
      That is so exciting that you were a member, and will be again.

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  14. Pretty cool to be part of. Love the town myself.

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    1. It sure is, Steve.
      London takes my breath away.

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  15. sandra; how....epic-ally.....cool....is.....this !!!

    what a great opportunity for you and the mister and your daughter; this painting is amazing; daughter has a God given talent, no doubt. thanx for the share; we hope you've got more photos !!

    and round blogland ~~~~~ welllllll :) ♥♥☺☺

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    1. Thank you so much, FSG.
      Stay tune tomorrow:) Heh. Heh.

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  16. Your daughter is very talented and has capturedso much of her friend in this portrait. It reminds me of a famous painter that died quite young and...I can't recall his name..Dang! I'm glad you had a great time in London and with your daughter. European cities are vastly different from North American ones. I have been helping my best friend pack, visited with hubby's sister and bro-in-law. we had our friends' mother over for dinner since the brothers are away in Paris for a week. I have been told to get my C-Pac machine and use it! Cleaning and the usual ass on couch evenings.

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    2. Sounds like you've been busy.
      I'm embarrassed to admit that London struck me as a much friendlier, relaxed city than most of ours in the US.

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  17. That's impressive, Sandra! You must be so proud. Excellent painting.

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    1. Thank you so much, Blue:)
      Yes, very proud;)

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  18. Congrats to your daughter, welcome home! London's on my bucket list even more now.

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    1. Thanks so much, Christine.
      Hope you get to see it.

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  19. Wow! Isn't it cool that your daughter is not only talented, but famous! I adore that lovely painting, and glad that you enjoyed London so much! We kept the light on! Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks so much, Ro.
      The light guided me home:)
      Hugs received and returned.

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  20. Welcome Back! I am sure that was a very proud moment.

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  21. Congratulations to your daughter and to you: I know you must be quite the proud mama. I long to wander London for days or even months. What went on while you were gone? I got pregnant at age 59. It was on the cover of The National Enquirer. An alien spaceship dropped by Florida to scoop up Favorite Young Man. Don't know if I'll ever see him again.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. We missed the gallery on our DC visit, we did go to the National Gallery of Art which is not a Smithsonian satellite. Still very cool she got in there

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    1. Thank you, Adam. Good for you for going to the National Gallery of Art.

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  23. Welcome home Sandra!
    Wow, you must be so proud! I'm proud!! This is totally amazing!!
    Congrats to your beautiful daughter! Amazing painting! I love the frame her husband made! So happy you liked London!!! Big Hugs!!!!

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  24. Thanks so much on all of the above, Stacy.
    Hugs received and returned.

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  25. A very warm welcome back.
    So pleased you enjoyed London and how simply amazing to see your daughter's portrait in the National Portrait Gallery - you must be so very proud.

    All the best Jan

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  26. Meghan's work has such soul. You can see deep into this woman's heart. That is such a gift and I know you are proud. I wonder if it will be in the National when we go in October? And welcome back to you!

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