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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part


Waiting Marc Chagall

I love this painting – Marc Chagall‘s Waiting.  The painting is owned by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.  Several years ago my friend and I were admiring the painting and she indicated this was one of her favorites.  I have to admit at that time I didn’t have a favorite Chagall and I had never read anything about his work.  My great friend moved away and I miss having her and her observations on art.  I remembered some of the painting, but couldn’t recall the title so I emailed her and she found it!  I don’t know why, but her finding the painting and knowing the title made a big difference to me.  I think it makes me feel like my friend is closer – not all the way in Texas.  Here’s to Candyce!

For some reason my mind works in strange and mysterious ways and after she emailed me the title of the painting the song The Waiting by Tom Petty came to mind and would not leave.  I have this type of thing happen all the time.  I will be thinking about something without even knowing it and will realize a song lodged in my head and sure enough the song has something to do with some current circumstance I’m going through.

Right now I think I am in a season of waiting.  Waiting and wondering what it is I’m supposed to do.

Let’s listen to Tom Petty for a spell.  Okay – that’s better.

Now for some history on Marc Chagall and this beautifully, unusual painting:

As many of you may know, Chagall used many symbols in his paintings.  Many of his works have roosters which symbolized fertility; as many of his paintings were about or pertaining to lovers.  Marc Chagall was a Russian painter whose work stretched many different mediums.  Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.  Here is a list of symbols and their supposed meanings.  Take what you want from this, but it’s kind of fun to look at his paintings with the symbol meanings close at hand.

  • Cow: life par excellence – milk, meat, leather, horn, power.
  • Tree: another symbol of life.
  • Rooster: fertility, often painted together with lovers.
  • Bosom: fertility of life – Chagall had great respect for Women and it is shown in his art.
  • Fiddler: In Chagall’s village Vitebsk the fiddler made music at major events such as weddings and holidays.
  • Herring – a flying fish: Commemorates Chagall’s father who worked in a fish factory.
  • Pendulum Clock: time, and modest life.
  • Candlestick: two candles symbolize the Shabbat and the life of devout Jews.
  • Windows: Chagall’s Love of Freedom.
  • Houses of Vitebsk: Feelings for his homeland as most of these paintings were done during his years in Paris.
  • Scenes of the Circus: Creativity and Joy.
  • Horses: Freedom.
  • The Eiffel Tower: Up in the sky, another symbolic metaphor for freedom.

Candyce is still in Texas, but thanks to Chagall’s Waiting, we have been brought a little closer.  It’s true what Tom Petty says in his song, “the waiting is the hardest part.”  We will once again stroll through an art museum together, but for now we will have to be patient and use the technology at our fingertips.  We can share art online perhaps and, of course, wait.

Until next time.  Be patient and please wait.


Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why? and How?


Who? – Me

What? – Things I want to do

Where? – Everywhere

When? – ASAP

Why? – Because I think it would make me happy

How? – Pull the trigger and do them

1.  Want to hike on the Appalachian Trail

2.  Want to rock climb or begin rock climbing

3.  Want to skydive out of an airplane

4.  Want to do Pilates with a real Pilates instructor on a Reformer

5.  Want to attend church and Sunday school regularly

6.  Want to join a Contemplative Prayer group

7.  Want to travel everywhere

8.  Get a good attitude full time

9.  Want to become certified fitness trainer or Pilates instructor

10.  Want to own my own book store/art gallery

Here’a my Want list.  What’s are your wants? and why?  I’m sure there are more, but these are what come to mind right now.

Respite from spite


Spite, however slight,

will surely slight

the ones you love.

Remember this the next time something bothers you.  Instead of saying something out of spite, even something light, refrain.  The payoff will come back with great might.

art confidential until now


Backstroke, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 22 framed

I have been painting abstracts for awhile now and only find time now and then to do one. I’ve decided to show them off and see what you all think of them. It’s hard putting your work out there, but I like them so you might too.  Check out my new Etsy shop at LucyGracesMomArt.

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow, Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 framed


Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 (this one is currently available on Etsy at LucyGracesMomArt.  Check it out!!

Field of flowers miniature

Field of flowers miniature, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 3 3/4

Pink Green study

Flower Study, acrylic on canvas trading card, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2

Orange crush

Eclipse, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 3 3/4

Separate but Equal

Separate but Equal, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4

I have more, but wanted to test these out first to see if anyone likes abstract. Let me know which one you like the best and why or if you have a question on why I named something the way I did.

More Marilyn Monroe Mania


I have felt it for as long as I can remember, but since we are approaching what is the 50 year anniversary of her passing, everyone is feeling Marilyn Monroe Mania!  In Hollywood, CA Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit will be open from June 1 through September 2, 2012 at the Hollywood Museum.  Some one of a kind, never before seen, items will appear in this exhibit.

Marilyn The Exhibit

Marilyn The Exhibit

A new favorite – from the exhibit

Taken by George Barris

Taken by George Barris

If you’re near here during the exhibit you’ve got to see this.  I am salivating looking at the items to be on display.  I love to travel . . .

New releases found

Author Alerts

Author Alerts

Want to know when your favorite authors have a new book coming out?  With all the Kindle only and ebook only versions available, it’s good to have a place to go to organize your authors.  I have found Author Alerts.  This site is something I’ve wondered about for awhile, but hadn’t bothered looking it up.  You just follow the link, create an account, enter your authors and like magic it shows you when new books are being released by that author and books already released by that author.  Pretty cool I think.  Give it a try.  I haven’t found an app for this yet though.

Let me know what you think.  There is also an RSS feed option on the site also.

A Young Girl Reading

A Young Girl Reading

A Young Girl Reading or The Reader in French La Liseuse circa 1770

I have her on my mantle and I love everything about this painting.  I have loved this painting a long time.  When I was about to begin junior high school we took a tour of the school while in sixth grade.  The library was, of course, my favorite place and there she was prominently placed for all to see.  I fell in love and never kept trying to find out more about this painting.

A Young Girl Reading is an 18th century painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.  The painting is of an unidentified girl reading an unidentified book.  I have searched for the identity of the book and the girl and it is nowhere.  This perplexes me.  Fragonard painted many paintings of girls and it appears upon closer inspection (via x-ray) this canvas used to bear another person’s image, although that person’s identify is unknown, as well.  How frustrating.  You may want to look at these books as reference:

  1. Bailey, Colin B. (2003). The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre PaintingYale University Press. pp. 286–287. ISBN 0-300-09946-0.
  2. Taft, W. Stanley (2000). The Science of PaintingsSpringer Press. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-387-98722-3.
The painting was a part of the Melon Foundation’s collection until Andrew W. Melon’s daughter, Mrs. Mellon Bruce gave the painting as a gift to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in memory of her father, Andrew W. Melton.

Some commentary on the painting states Fragonard painted each of the textures in the painting in a different brush stroke which left the viewer feeling a “busy”, not relaxed and absorbed feeling as the painting seems to portray.  I think that’s looking into it a bit much, but to each his own.  Perhaps busy could be associated with Fragonard’s works.  It is said by his friends he finished these paintings in no more than an hour!  His bold, energetic strokes were almost scratched on the surface of the canvas because he was working so quickly.

Using the wooden tip of a brush, Fragonard scratched her ruffed collar into the surface of the paint. This is the “swordplay of the brush” that Fragonard’s contemporaries described, not always with universal approval. The above quote courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.

How does this painting make you feel? What is your favorite painting and why?

More Marilyn

Marilyn 1950 Life

Marilyn 1950 Life

I can’t believe there are actually more shots of her I haven’t seen.  I am a huge fan and thought I’d seen them all.  Click here for portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Edward Clarke when she was 24 years old.

If you haven’t read my post last month about Marilyn here’s a link to that as well.  Happy browsing.


Book Bindings – the things that bind us to books

Book Bindings – the things that bind us to books

If you love books like I do then the sites below will be gems for you to return to time after time.

What Should I Read Next – Enter a book you like and the site will analyze a huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.  You can register for free on the results page and build your own favorites list.  Can even enter by ISBN.

Literature Map – This site is really cool.  You enter an author you like and you see all these author’s names swirl around, including your author.  The author names closest to the author you entered is an author who writes similar material.

Murder By the Book – I love this store.  It’s in Houston, TX and I’ve never actually been there, but really want to visit.  They seem to have the best book signings and the best customer service.  You can order signed books and even have them inscribed personally to you.  Almost like you were there.  It’s worth signing up for their email newsletter.

Book Igloo

Book Igloo

Chronicle Books – A great bookstore located in the Bay Area with a magnificent online presence.  They have everything cool and interesting.  Sign up to follow their blog, like them on Facebook, get on their newsletter list or view their 2012 catalog.  Very helpful and have so much to offer.

Allreaders – Thriller/Action precision search.  When they say precise, they mean precise, down to plot, subplot, etc.  Very cool if you have some time to play around with it.

Public Library phone booth

Public Library phone booth

New York Times Book Review – You can sign up to have the Sunday Book Review sent to your inbox or go directly to the site.  I like to see what new books make the list each week, go to my public library site and put them on hold so I can review them before buying.  I also go to Amazon to check out ratings on books I find on here and recommendations, prices.
Goodreads – You can sign up here and enter books you have read, communicate via Facebook with other friends and get recommendations from them on  what to read next.  You can also sign up for groups who are interested in the same genres and Goodreads updates your recommendations based on the books you’ve read and plan to read.  Very neat I think.
Let me know what you think of the links and if you have any others of interest.  Happy reading book worms!

Poetry in Motion


As promised, here is more poetry of the past.  This one was written in August of 1993.  I was, evidently, feeling very strong this day.  LOL

It’s entitled “Take a Stand”

Take a stand!

You don’t need a helping hand.

Just say, “I can!”

Speak up for yourself.

Don’t be put up on a shelf.

Just remember your wealth.


Believe in who you are.

Trust in your skills

and have strong will.

If you do these things,

there’s no void in life

that cannot be filled.