Still Waiting. Waiting for our new fabric collection to drop on the porch so we can get sewing and quilting. What's a girl to do when you're just a bit antsy and no real work ahead of you for the day? Day Trip! This is my view from the coach seat on the train at 7am yesterday morning.This is how to amuse yourself on a 4 hour train trip. Some applique to keep busy. By mid morning I was in Chicago. I went to see the Matisse exhibit at the Institute of Art. It was fabulous and if you get a chance to go - DO IT. On my walk from Union Station to the museum was this.A view of the Chicago river and a tour boat. I didn't go yesterday, but I went a few years ago on an architectural tour of Chicago on this boat. Sounds a bit tedious, doesn't it? It wasn't. It remains one of my favorite memories of Chicago, and I LOVE Chicago. Soon I was at the Art Institute.Sorry, but no photos were allowed of the Matisse exhibit. It isn't the paper collages for what he is most known for - it is for a specific time in his career when he was most prolific and when he painted his most famous works 1913-1917. The paintings are powerful and beautiful. Even more enchanting are his simple portrait drawings. A few lines here and there - and a complete personality comes forth. Amazing. What was even more amazing, on the right, in a small alcove, when you left the Matisse exhibit were 20th Century Regional Paintings. I popped in to look. Hmmm, nothing much there except this.
And this.That was a nice bonus. Yes, we have seen these images a zillion times, but to see them in person - well, you know why they are American classics. The glowing light that jumps off the canvas on Nighthawks and the amazing detail of the calico apron, ric-rac trim, and the denim of American Gothic - well it was worth the 4 hour train trip. Just off to the left was 20th Century Decorative Arts. Now we're talking. Got my Art Deco fix.If you like Art Deco, you can have a grand time in Chicago.
After the museum, I punched in my pedestrian GPS on my Blackberry (Awesome!) and wandered around. The only downside is the GPS really sucks the juice out of your phone and soon the battery was worn down. I popped into a cellular phone store and bought a travel charger and then went to Starbucks and relaxed while my phone charged. This was the view outside the Starbucks window. The Corn Cob Buildings.
After some dinner I made my way back to Union Station for the trip home. What a great way to spend the day. If anyone reading this is going to Quilt Festival in Rosemont Illinois this weekend - try to spend some time in the City.
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