Sunday Morning


This is how you spend a summers night.  Sitting outside watching “Star Wars” under the stars with the fireworks going off all around you.  It was like being at the drive-in movie theater without the car and the obligatory smooching with the girl that is supposed to go with it.  A couple of the neighbor kids joined the gummys as they ate popcorn and watched the movie.

As for me; I brought out a fan since there was no air movement going on.  It picked up the nice, cool air coming off of the lawn and helped to keep the bugs at bay.  I’m. not sure the breeze was really needed to keep the bugs at bay given all of the gunpowder smoke from the fireworks all around us.  But it did make for a good night even if we were up late given how late it was before it got dark enough to run the movie.


Art Sunday: Pierre-Auguste Renoir – The Swing


The Swing (French: La balançoire) is an 1876 oil on canvas painting by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir who was a leading exponent of the Impressionist style. The painting measures 92 x 73 centimetres and is in the Musée d’Orsay. Renoir executed the painting in what are now the Musée de Montmartre gardens. He had rented a cottage in the gardens so that he could be closer to the Moulin de la Galette where he was engaged in painting Bal du moulin de la Galette.

Renoir’s people seem to stand on a forest floor of blossoms. The girl on the swing could be fifteen, her pink dress with a hat on head increases the charm of painting. The quivering light is rendered by the patches of pale colour, particularly on the clothing and the ground. This particularly annoyed the critics when the painting was shown at the Impressionist exhibition of 1877.

The model was Jeanne Samary, a favourite of Renoir’s who appears in many of his paintings. The two men are Renoir’s brother Edmond and a painter friend Norbert Goeneutte (also appearing in Bal).