Architecture · Solo trip · Travel

Travel Diary: Washington

Washington, D.C : A city that has been keeping a humongous amount of heritage in a mere area of 68 square mile. One can cover the entire city in a day on foot tirelessly. Of course it excludes the time one spends with architecture, museums and art galleries, and trust me on this when I say that the excluded time is atleast 2 complete days. Six of the top 10 buildings in the American Institute of Architects’ 2007 ranking of “America’s Favorite Architecture” are in the District of Columbia: the White House; the Washington National Cathedral; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; the United States Capitol; the Lincoln Memorial; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. These structures are combination of the neoclassical, Georgian, gothic, and modern architectural styles.

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United State Capitol

The most visited museum in Washington is  National Museum of Natural History which covers sea habitants, plants, mammals and geographical evolution. Beautiful seashells, corals, T-rex skeletons, gems, rocks and wildlife portraits are on display.

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Ringed and Purple seashells
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RedFox
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Black Swan

Washington is a treat for art connoisseurs. The National Gallery of Art and its attacked sculpture garden has works of American and European art. The gallery has two building connected by an underground passage. The West Building has an exquisite collection of European paintings and sculptures and American artists. Highlights of the collection include many paintings by Claude Monet, Vincent van GoghLeonardo da VinciJan Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn.  The East Building focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a collection including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. One can spend an entire day in this gallery and it will even not be sufficient to just go through the gallery.

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Ceres (Summer)
oil on canvas by Antoine Watteau
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Venus of the Doves
Marble Sculpture by Etienne-Maurice Falconet

 

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A painter working on imitation A Pastoral Visit by Richard Norris Brooke
oil on canvas

The gallery has been sub-sectioned as per the periods as well as genres which makes the visit easily accessible even for an amateur. Although the museums have multiple scheduled guided tours, the audio-aided guide would have been a good step for more fruitful visit.

Just a day · Listening to nature · Nature

That rainy day

Oh the lovely rain and your lovely timing
Oh the beauty of the peacock feathers
And the smell of wet grass under my feet
And above all you the music of drops and drizzle
As if you wanted me to tune in your rhythm.

Oh you chilly sweet breeze with a silky touch
Oh you swiftly bent branches of that olive tree
And the sound of sparrows swinging on you
As if you were leading me to make a twirl.

Oh you yellow flowers with a lot of red tint
And the blue sky with a mesmerizing rainbow
Oh the little pool with brownish green pebbles
As if you were making the stage for THE perfect dance.

Books

The God of Small Things

The God of Small ThingsThe God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t judge a book by its cover, is certainly not a quote for this one. It has the prettiest cover I ever saw. And the writing is equally captivating. The plot is set around Rahel-Estha, the two-egg twins, their mother and the god of loss. From the very beginning, you will be wondering what can go wrong with these simple characters with so ordinary lives and by the end when you can imagine the possibilities, you will start wishing not to happen that. Arundhati Roy may have broken quite a few “norms” of society in her story but she has well-weaved the story of Paradise Pickles and Preserves, Airport Fairy, the Boy in Pointed shoes and well-portrayed the bond between two dizygotic twins, the twins and the Sophie Mol & a woman and the God of Small Things.

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Keep going · Love

Kafka and the Doll: The Pervasiveness of Loss

Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.

Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.

“Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.” This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.

When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “

Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: “every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”

Kafka and the Doll: The Pervasiveness of Loss The healing Story

Acrylic · Art · Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas: Part 4

Theme: Christmas

Christmas lights on canvas: Stretched canvas on wood of size 12”*12”

This is the first time I was using stretched canvas and I wanted something beautiful to paint on it. So here comes the third layer of painting over this sheet. The textures are from previous painting which luckily is providing the rocky look of wall on which the decorative lights has been hung. The bokeh effect on the left side has been created with glazing medium. Some lights seems to be far and fainter while some nearer and brighter. Christmas decorations are hung with pearl strings with snowflakes and lights in it. The blue and mauve color used in the background creates a mysterious night aura.

Golden Snowflakes: Canvas of size 12”*12”

Well silver snowflakes are too mainstream. So here comes my golden snowflakes. On a white canvas, I used fabric glue which gets transparent after drying. The one on left-bottom is the regular snowflakes (inspired from frozen 🙂 ) The half snowflakes is the really decorative. The use of a bit of mauve color has made this snowflakes an antique. The other snowflakes is getting distorted and an imperfect one. Well what is perfect in this imperfect world. 😉 Out of the three the antique one is my favourite.

Pinky spirals: Canvas of size 6”*8”
Glue is becoming an obsession for me. Here I have used Pink and white fabric colors to make these spirals. I didn’t plan on this. It just came on canvas. Some whites, some pinks, some pinkish whites and some whitish pink. And I just love the pink sprinkles originating from top-right corner.

And this is the full view of my painting table. Cheers!!

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Some and those Others 

Some days will be happier and some will be harder

Both will be worth, live to enjoy them.

Some friends will stay for longer and some will for shorter

Both will be worth, cherish to have them.

Some paths will be easier and some will be trickier

Both will be worth, learn from them.

Some smiles will be genuine and some will be courtesy

Both will be worth, smile back at them.

The only thing, your reaction will be of one course

Some and those others will have its own special purpose.
Keep going · motivation · Responsibility

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