• 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 22 (Houston Museum of Fine Arts)

    Inside the Soto: Houston Penetrable.

    Inside the Soto: Houston Penetrable.

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Day 22 of 100 Days of Good Karma.

    If you live in the Houston area and you haven’t been to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, you’re missing out.  I finally managed to convince Justin to take me there.

    Justin told me, “Today is your day.  Whatever you want to do.”

    I pretended to think about it for a minute.  “How about the Fine Arts museum in Houston?”

    Justin rolled his eyes.

    I smiled sweetly.  “I have cancer.”

    Justin sighed.

    “Come on!  We’ve been here for years and I’ve never been there.  It’s time.”

    Justin hung his head and shoved his keys in his pocket.

    (Disclaimer:  None of my pictures are going to do this artwork justice.)

    Beautiful painting of the night sky.

    Beautiful painting of the night sky.

    This was incredible in person.  It looks like a photograph. William-Adolphe Bouguereau  was amazingly talented.

    This was incredible in person. It looks like a photograph. William-Adolphe Bouguereau was amazingly talented.

     

    An image of the civil war.  The name plate next to the image says, "...a wounded Confederate souldier has just discovered the body of his dead Union brother... this powerful painting captures the sorrow of the Civil War ... neither man in this work wins."

    Justin examining an image of the civil war. The name plate next to the image says, “…a wounded Confederate souldier has just discovered the body of his dead Union brother… this powerful painting captures the sorrow of the Civil War … neither man in this work wins.”

    Two screens, side by side.  One showing a cat lapping milk, the other showing a dog trying to get through a fence.  Make of that what you will.

    Contemporary art:  Two screens, side by side. One showing a cat lapping milk, the other showing a dog trying to get through a fence. Make of that what you will.

     

    This bronze sculpture is named The Crouching Woman by Auguste Rodin.

    My second favorite piece of artwork at the museum:  This bronze sculpture is named The Crouching Woman by Auguste Rodin.

    A view from the back.

    A view from the back.

    My favorite piece of artwork at the museum:  Jesus Rafael Soto's Houston Penetrable.  "A sea of 24,000 handmade plastic strands cascades from the ceiling, beckoning you to wade through this vast immersion of light and color.  Soto ... created works like this throughout the world, meant for you, the viewer, to complete."  Interactive art.  I dig it.

    My favorite piece of artwork at the museum: Jesus Rafael Soto’s Houston Penetrable.  According to a museum pamphlet:  “A sea of 24,000 handmade plastic strands cascades from the ceiling, beckoning you to wade through this vast immersion of light and color. Soto … created works like this throughout the world, meant for you, the viewer, to complete.”      Interactive art. I dig it.

     

     

    A view of the Soto: Houston Penetrable from the second floor.

    A view of the Soto: Houston Penetrable from the second floor.

    When we left the museum Justin and I linked hands as we walked back to the car.  I looked to the side and caught him smiling.

    I teased, “That wasn’t too painful, was it?”

    He gave me a sideways glance before playfully squeezing my hand.  “Yeah.  Not too painful.”

    Today’s silver lining:  My husband, for his willingness to try something new just to see me smile.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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9 Responsesso far.

  1. Mom says:

    As long as you are happy, that’s what counts. The smile helps the day go by. You have a wonderful husband – just ask auntie Pat! (ha ha ha)
    Lubba you,
    Mom

  2. Annette says:

    Happy wife, happy life…..Love ya!!!

  3. Phil or Paul or BEAVO (I answer to all 3) says:

    Awesome column Meghan with an H. I love your pictures! Good for you and Justin.

  4. Sandy Q. says:

    Hi Meghan!
    I want to share with you that I found your blog about a week ago and have been following your posts since then. Thank you for being so inspiring, brave and vulnarable to share your life with us (being vulnarable is a good thing). I was super inspired by your new habit that I decided to join you on 100 Days of Good Karma. I sometimes forget to see the good things I get through my day and your idea is cool I couldn’t resist it. I’m writing a post on my blog with my week silver linings every sunday and I though you deserved to know. Of course, you are being credited in every post and I’ve invited other people to join you if they’re interested. Here’s the link in case you wish to see http://www.jarofblues.com/blog/2014/7/29/bkczxpo62qyg69ywz4ad27n3eoh4lg

    Oh! also, I did a little illustration for the title, nothing big but I hope is ok as well as I hope you like it.

    Thank you again for your sharings and I’ll read you soon (I’m definitely waiting for tomorrow’s post) 🙂

    Good vibes,

    Sandy Q.

    • Meghan says:

      Hi, Sandy! Welcome to the blog! I love that you’re sharing your own Silver Linings on your blog (and thank you for the credit, but you’re doing all the work!). Of course it’s okay with me that you created a logo. Your illustration is beautiful! My artistic skills are limited to stick figures, so I guess it’s a good thing I can write. Did you do that by hand? I signed up for your newsletter and can’t wait to begin reading your posts!

  5. […] (I think he’s still mad that I was right  about having fun at the museum.) […]

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