Originally posted by designergigi
It is so different to see art in person than in a book, as you well know.
Oh...definitely. My artist/son lives in Chicago...and I make a habit of visiting the Art Institute whenever I'm done there, or the art museum in Milwaukee....it always charges me up.
I used to feel intimidated though, not imagining my work ever being so good.
I don't want to sound arrogant. Maybe its just working hard for so many years....but, I think my work has progressed enough that now when I see the works of many artists in those museums they feel more like peers. I think I should have liked to have met some of them....taken a walk in some fields and just chat. About life. About painting.
Have you been back to Italy, Larry?
would love to, Gigi...
My wife and I were going to marry in Italy. She had her passport all ready, and we were going to marry in Rome. I bought her a diamond ring in a small cobblestone street shop that brought an immediate buzz by the owner,family and friends. When I left the shop...they all followed me out, and talked amongst themselves. I got the feeling the guy could have shut the shop down for the day. Maybe a couple days.
Unfortunately, I got pneumonia...which tends to be as common there as the common cold is here. Very damp winters. A cold that does go down to the bones. All buildings made of stone, a lot of musty mold smell to many of them. I nearly died, and was in a Naples hospital for two months. Scarred a lung, and in the end...I was sent home.
Even had a villa home on the Mediterannean Sea all picked out, ready to move into on the island of Sardinia...in the town of Palau, where you could toss a coin into the water and watch it flip end over end as it descended for 30 feet or more.
Would love to take my wife over there, and maybe redo our wedding vows. Don't see it happening in the near future though. I also am half Welsh, my mother 100%, and I've never been to Wales. I have relatives yet alive and it would be a dream to visit. I enjoy especially viewing Yorky's work as it gives me a feel oddly enough of what is home for family. A family I don't really know...but feel connected to. My wife is mostly Norwegian...and we'd like to visit there as well. Life is too short, and resources too limited. We just learn to accept divine Providence...and seek to be content with what we have.
I have a friend touring Vietnam right now. She says it is just beautiful there. Amazing how time changes some things and not others.
yes...many are going back to make peace with past ghosts. I was too young myself to be sent there, but old enough to serve at the end of the campaign. Still...I have my own ghosts of sorts from things I don't always like to talk about.
I hear the country is absolutely beautiful. I also know that Citi Corps and many investors here in the US has been and plans to put $$$billions into building south Vietnam into what they hope will be the next Hawaii-like tourist mecca.