The conversion to the i-Phone 8 that the young Apple salesman said would be 'seamless and easy', isn't. The phone is brilliant but i-Tunes is not at all keen to talk to Windows 10. Various, slow to download, fixes only make things worse. Much worse. Todays photos were put on a memory stick and pasted into the photo function before that too had a technical nervous breakdown.
After the weekend there are two days to ourselves to explore Washingtons National Portrait Gallery. One of life's joys is having the time to look at paintings without being in a rush. Because people are always in a rush art galleries tend to be empty. We find artists we've never heard of. Above a wonderful crisp, pigment as white as snow, picture by Rockwell Kent 'Winter in the Berkshires'.
'The Recital' by Nelson Shanks. How has he been able to capture the effect of stage lighting so perfectly ?
The detail in 'Wheat' by Thomas Benton. Mundanity raised to perfection. This is a painting I'd love to own. Shadow, light, a broken stem, grass growing below. Wheat and tares the oldest symbolism.
Norman Rockwells picture of Richard Nixon. What does it tell us about the artist and the sitter ?
'The Four Justices' again by Nelson Shanks. Probably formulaic but where else would you see Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Baden Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotamayer together ?
'Stag at Echo Rock' painted by an unknown 19th century artist who hid a grumpy owl and absent minded squirrel in the picture. Bet the artist never expected it to have such a following.
'John Brown' of mouldering body fame by Hansen Bailing. Is there madness in the eyes or is it vision? A run of the mill portrait with a hint of genius .
Sylvia Plaths Girl Scout uniform from 1943.
The happy loquacious flower arranging ladies at Washington cathedral . What richness can be found in the little things.
Angus notices that the prayer cushion has a labrador theme. This presence of mischief amidst formality makes him smile. A very Episcopalian touch.
Tomorrow, or there abouts Bob and Sophie, who are well, will reappear; i-Phone 8 willing. Angus can only assume this whole process of downloading pictures would be easier if we had Apple desk tops instead of Dells.
Here's some relaxing October music : https://youtu.be/dX3b0LRVaZY?t=18