This morning I read the NYT article about 'The Goldfinch' painting's return home to the newly-renovated Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague, after a popular tour in the U.S. Carel Fabritius's little gem of a painting was a rock star at the Frick last year.
It's celebrity status was largely due to the connection with Donna Tartt's best-seller 'The Goldfinch' about a 13-year-old boy, who's life is turned upside down when he and his mother visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibition of Dutch paintings, including her favorite 'The Goldfinch' - when a terrorist bomb kills his mother and many other museum patrons.
You may have noticed I stepped away from painting for a couple of weeks. The sunshine called out to me to get out and join the real world for a while. Flowers are planted, exercising feels good and my auction paintings are framed for the event in July.
Back to work.
It was a warm-up day with this new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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