In the kitchen with Nan-Nan

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I visited my grandmother every summer.  We called her Nan-Nan. Nan-Nan liked to cook and bake and I liked to eat.  Especially sweets. Nan-Nan made lemon meringue pie. This was one of my favorites. I liked the high fluffy meringue and the tart lemon custardy filling.  Nan-Nan also made chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing. The icing really was like fudge. If you cut off a piece and put it on a plate it looked just like a square of fudge. She made cinnamon rolls, rolling out long pieces of dough and then turning them round in circles.  Her Magic Bars were the nuttiest, sweetest, gooiest ever. Being in the kitchen with my grandmother was one of my favorite things.

Wyeth

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Love the images, the perspective, the lighting and the trees.

Andrew Newell Wyeth was a visual artist who worked predominantly in a regionalist style.  In his art, Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him.  He often noted: “I paint my life.” (from Wikipedia)

 

Hopper

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There is something surreal about Hopper in a subtle way.  I like this piece.  The dark colors are stylistically interesting to me.

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was most popularly known for his oil paintings.  His spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life. (from Wikipedia)

 

Belle

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Belle is a 2013 British film directed by Amma Asante. The film is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle with her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. Commissioned by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the portrait is of his two nieces. The film centers on Dido’s relationship with an aspiring young lawyer.  Lord Mansfield’s ruling on a slavery-related legal case, in England’s Court of King’s Bench, became an important step in bringing an end to slavery in England.

This movie was about biracial aristocracy. As a person of mixed race in a world that is still so black and white, the identity and position of Belle was fascinating to me. Although this woman was born into the aristocracy in the 1700s, I could still relate to her as a woman living between two worlds. The director said that after seeing the portrait of Dido and her white cousin that it was the first European painting she saw from that period where black and white were portrayed as equals.

The way that Belle carried herself, with such grace, was an inspiration. Don’t act how you are treated, act higher than that. Show others the way to act. Always be a lady.

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