Musings… on the Muse?

 I took myself on an Art date yesterday to the Delaware Art Museum. Its a small museum, but has a stellar Pre-Raphaelite collection. I honestly can’t remember how it happened as a teenager. Did I go to the museum and fall in love with the PRB? Or did I fall in love  with the PRB and then visit them at DAM? The latter I think. I think the Lady of Shallot started it all, but that another story. 

self portrait with Muse

Here I am with Rossetti’s “Veronica Veronese” – one I have long adored. This year I am participating in Sally Russick/Studio Sublime’sFocusing on life – 52 photos” challenge. Week one was to do a self portrait… I wish I had long flowing Pre-Raphaelite locks… 

Howard Pyle's Mermaid

Howard Pyle – The Mermaid 1910

DAM collage 1

DAM PRB collage 2

DAM PRB collage 3

"Two women on a sofa" Albert Moore

detail: “Two Women on a sofa” Albert Moore 

sketchbook and stamps

I loved the stamps! And of course, I never go anywhere without my journal. 

DGR's Veronica - hand detail

detail – “Veronica Veronese” 1872. by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti. 

It was a lovely afternoon, calm, serene. For the most part I had the galleries to myself. It was a nice visit with art that has moved me, spoken to me… for over 20 years. Returning to the source of some of my earliest inspirations. And it was a diverse array of inspiration – the galleries have accents of William Morris wallpapers, there are Arts and Crafts style pottery and silver on exhibit, Evelyn de Morgan tiles, and jewelry. The time spent was rejuvenating… if a bit nostalgic, longing for a time I feel called to, yet born too late. 

Perhaps today I will wear velvet…