The morning began misty gray with a chilly breeze through the window. When I finally roll out of bed, Joni tells me, “I’m making scones!” I blink and the dough is rolled and in the oven.
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It’s been at least two years since I’ve walked the Museum of Fine Arts and when we arrive, Jim and I head right into the newest wing. The modern and colorful portraits and landscapes of Alex Katz are on display. Another new artist to grow fond of.

My uncle attempts to explain Katz’s method but it is hard to visualize until I come upon a display of his process and some tools involved in this type of art. He paints from life so the original images naturally have hundreds of tones. Katz’s job is reducing the information down to three or four colors while still maintaining the energy. Layers of a drawing are carved into plates made out of materials like wood as mirror images, the plates are painted and stamped onto paper. One layer might be clouds and tree trunks while the next is leaves and grass. It’s quite amazing, really, given the grandiose size of some of his works.

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I grow light and happy admiring this little girl and her drawing book. I hope she never quits.
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After Katz, the rest of the American art awaits our viewing.
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Jim is ready to leave but he says I need to see the John Singer Sargent work first. It must be fate because in under four seconds upon entering the room, I am drawn toward my new favorite work, A Capriote. Notice it’s the same girl in the next painting.

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And on the walk home, a stop at whole foods to find vegetables for our rib dinner…and funny faces.

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