Friday, May 2, 2008

Beauty with Subtle Colors...
The Night Watch

One of the thrills of visiting Amsterdam is a visit to the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt's famous painting, The Night Watch. Despite the darkness of this painting, the detail achieved with subtle coloring is one of it's features. And to quote my favorite art critic, Mr. Bean, "The thing I like about this painting, is that it's large."

Even more fun is a visit to the nearby Night Watch sculpture, in Remplandtplein.
In 2006, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt, a group of bronze sculptures representing the figures from Rembrandt's masterpiece, Nightwatch, were unveiled on the Rembrandtplein in the centre of Amsterdam.

The figures took five years to complete and were made by Russian artists, Mikhail Dronov and Alexander Taratynov.

What, who's that extra figure in the scene?? In case you're wondering why all the pictures of me are 'avec chapeau' and tons of clothes, well, it was cold, colder than we're used to at home in San Francisco, and on the first day of the trip, upon plugging my hair dryer/styler into an electrical converter, the proverbial 'sparks flew' and I decided to do the rest of the trip 'au natural'.

OK, now for my favorite subtly colored quilt, a sample of my Florentine pattern done in beautiful Asian / Oriental / Japanese fabrics.

Florentine Hyakkarouran II, Diane Weber, 45" x 45" (SOLD)

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