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Winter sunshine

One of my favourite pictures . . . makes me smile :)



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Hi Sheila ..
The picture has a lovely gentle brightness :o)

6 Jan, 2014

 

A lovely scene .
It's what we always imagine snow will be like , isn't it , Sheila ?

6 Jan, 2014

 

So picturesque and tranquil.
I love the winter light on it - it is beautiful.

6 Jan, 2014

 

I can really see why you love it Sheila. I can 'hear' the eerie quiet that accompanies the scene! And the great thing about it is this snow will never turn to slush! :)

6 Jan, 2014

 

Picture Postcard ~ takes me back to 1963 :-))

6 Jan, 2014

 

Beautiful.

6 Jan, 2014

 

Many thanks to all who 'liked' it and commented . . . I expect you recognised the painting as a Monet? I was thrilled when OH bought a large reproduction for me a few years ago for just a few pounds, and we have it hanging in a frame :))

6 Jan, 2014

 

I had no idea it was Monet! Tried to read signature but couldn't make it out..thank you Sheila!

6 Jan, 2014

 

Karen - I'm not surprised you couldn't read the signature, it's fairly blurred on the real thing where he's written Claude . . . Monet, and the last word appears to be almost covered in snow!

Tubby - I don't remember 1963, apart from the fact that I was living in Lilliput (Poole) with my parents, and going to Bournemouth College on my scooter . . . was it a particularly bad winter?!

Btw, picture is called "The Magpie".

7 Jan, 2014

 

1963 was the year I was born. one of the worst winters on record.

7 Jan, 2014

 

This is so lovely Sheila...the light is incredible...and it looks to be a happy winter landscape too!

7 Jan, 2014

 

Thank you Janey! It IS lovely, and I never tire of it :)

8 Jan, 2014

amy
Amy
 

I love it Sheila it reminds me of the days when we couldn't go to school because the bus couldn't get through we were thrilled and could go out to play in the snow ....

10 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks Amy . . . that's right - snow in the sunshine is the best :))

10 Jan, 2014

 

The picture reminds me of Winchester in the 60's before fields built on
1962-63 was great for us as children ~ I lived in Winchester at that time, we lived on a hill which was covered in at least 2 feet of snow all over the Christmas period, we (all the kids on the estate) spent the whole of the 2 week school break tobogganing, it was so much fun ~ wet socks, wet gloves, freezing cold fingers and toes, blue faces with the cold but we absolutely loved it, we went out at first light until dusk ~ no iPads then!!!

Sooo much fun

12 Jan, 2014

 

Sounds wonderful Tubby! Hopefully kids still enjoy it when they get the chance. Did you ever progress to skiing? I was lucky enough to live in Switzerland in my 20s and absolutely loved the exhilaration of whizzing down the pistes - even with freezing fingers and toes and snow in my face!!

12 Jan, 2014

 

Lol Sheila, I thought it was one of yours ... i was about to mention how well you'd caught the light! Good job I read some of the comments or I'd have looked very stupid:-))))

13 Jan, 2014

 

Lol, Ba! Yes, it is the light that makes it so special, isn't it? Monet was unbelievably clever to achieve that effect with paint - no wonder he painted every day - he must have loved it so much. And I'm very grateful to have it hanging on my wall!

13 Jan, 2014

 

It's one of my favourites too. There's something very interesting about it and I love the positioning of the magpie and the way the horizon is ambiguous so that you could imagine the ground is sky and vice versa.

13 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks Mel, it's perfection isn't it? That's very observant of you . . . I hadn't even noticed that detail before. Which are your other favourites?

13 Jan, 2014

 

I'm not terribly keen on all the waterliles, I'm afraid. They are undoubtably beautiful, but they have been somewhat overexposed in recent years. I read that Monet was very short-sighted, which is why his paintings have that lovely, slightly unfocused look. One of my great favourites is Cezanne. I love the simplicity of his landscapes and houses. He uses all my favourite colours - rusts and ochres. Gorgeous! I also like James Whistler - there's a good collection of his paintings in the Hunterian Art Gallery, which is part of Glasgow University. Seeing paintings "in the flesh" is always a revelation. One of my all-time loves is Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross" which is also in Glasgow, at the Kelvingrove. Breathtaking, with an amazing sky. It has always been controversial, for various reasons.

14 Jan, 2014

 

I know the magpie looks lovely sat on the perch but where is the Robin!!!! There's always a Robin, where is he :-(

14 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks Susanne! Have you ever been to Aix-en-Provence? We visited Cezanne's atelier there: kept after his death just as he'd left it, but we were amazed that you couldn't see Mont Sainte-Victoire from the window!

(I also love Turner and Van Gogh.)

Tubby - maybe Monet felt it was more original to have a magpie in the snow??!

15 Jan, 2014

 

That is so beautiful ... added to Faves ... :o)

15 Jan, 2014

 

OK, as long as he didn't eat the Robin, he looks rather plump!! :-)

15 Jan, 2014

 

Isn't it just, Shirley . . . thanks!

Thanks for making me laugh Tubby!

15 Jan, 2014

 

I've never been there, Shirley. I have a lovely book called "Cezanne - by himself", bought for me by OH, which is drawings, paintings and writings by Cezanne. Beautiful and fascinating.

15 Jan, 2014

 

That sounds wonderful, Susanne (I'm Sheila btw, lol! - but you're not the first to do that, and won't be the last!)

16 Jan, 2014

 

Lol, Sheila ... if I had a pound for every time I have been called Sheila during my life I would be very well off now!

16 Jan, 2014



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