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Regarding Museums…

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

I love museums. I don’t much care what kind either because there’s generally something of interest ~ I’ve even been to the tiny International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach (I don’t surf). Perhaps this is because I was born in New York and my parents took me to a lot of museums there when I was a kid. They bring me joy and are associated with (mostly) happy memories.

My favorite artist is probably Van Gogh. I love Starry Night, Twelve Sunflowers, Irises, Wheatfield, and Cafe Terrace at Night, among others. He used a lot of yellow and blue together, and I read in my aesthetics class that many people find this the most pleasant color combo. Even Vincent’s still-life fruits are eye candy to me. Lemons! His skies are alive with swirls and whorls and stars that are outsized in brilliance, giving me the feeling of how majestic and complex a night sky can be. Likewise, his fields and gardens are lush and waving, as if a breeze just passed by. And then there are the people (including himself) whose faces convey stark emotion, often bone-deep weariness. Or madness…

But it isn’t only art museums I enjoy ~ history and science ones are great too. I’m always up for a planetarium exhibit, just don’t ask me to remember any of it the next day. Some facts stick in my brain and some don’t. Loved the natural history museum back in NY when I was a kid (and also am a fan of Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum movies). The Human Body Museum was creepy but interesting. Back when I was Las Vegas bound, I planned to visit the Mob Museum. Still want to someday.

Of course there’s always the book museum, aka library, that’s the best one of all. 😍

The Broad Museum Los Angeles

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Photos of Paula taken at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (top) and The Broad in Los Angeles (bottom)

The Art Teacher [flash 183]

“Interesting,” he said, gazing at my sketch. “You chose to portray her as bereft, suggesting abandonment and grief.”

I shrugged. “It’s the feeling I got from her pose, is all.”

He lifted his coffee mug and his gold wedding band gleamed in the bright light. “No one else drew her this way. The white gauzy covers and drapes seem to suggest a happier mood. Perhaps you’re projecting yourself into the work.”

Stung by his implied criticism, I stared at my canvas, ignoring him. As he walked off to chat with other students, I glanced at the sketches to the right and left of me. He was correct. They’d both portrayed her as soft and dreamy, her face suffused with love and hope. Perhaps she’d spent the night with a new man and was imagining their future together.

I watched the teacher smile at a student, the blonde who’d joined our class late. He even picked up her pencil and added a few touches to her work. He’d done that to mine too, in the beginning.

I turned away and packed up my supplies.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #76.

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Image credit ~ Huong Lan Nguyen at Pexels

Earth Blue

Song sung blue… it’s time for the next City Sonnet prompt! Earth blue is apparently a deeper blue than azure but not as dark as navy. Who knew?

Depth Perception by Paula LightChihuly glassVibrant sunset

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Images are mine.

Color Me Scarlet

My only pics that fit today’s City Sonnet prompt come from the Happy Color app.

Bird with scarlet berries Scarlet dragon

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Aye Aye!

I confess I looked up words ending in “i” and wow there are a lot! For City Sonnet’s prompt post…

Sushipad see ew broccoliSpaghetti and seafoodGraffiti art Elephant safari

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Images from Diane/Sam and me.

Sunflowers!

Hey again. Still going strong with prompts from City Sonnet!

Van Gogh sunflowers Kitty eating sunflowers Einstein on imagination

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Images from Happy Color, Google, and me.

To A Tea

Cruising right along with my daily posts for City Sonnet (the letter T)…

Tiger Kitty toe beansTofuTurtle

Tea in a pretty cup

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Images from Happy Color and me.

A Piece Of Cerise

My 10th post for City Sonnet’s July prompts, woohoo!

Cerise flowers

Paula at Disneyland

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Images from Happy Color and me.

Violet Red

Hey hey! Continuing my City Sonnet posts with a gorgeous color today. Unfortunately, I don’t have my own pix in this color, only Happy Color app ones. But I’m still sharing!

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So Much P!

Wow, I have tons of P(ix)! Happy to continue my posting streak with the prompts from City Sonnet

Paula in pinkPumpkin pie pop tartsPizza trianglesLighthouse paintingsWear purple

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Images from Google and me.