Blog Posts tagged with contemporary art

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Fine Art Daily, Buckingham Palace, corgi

Fine Art Daily, April 25, 2011

Posted: April 25, 2011 05:18 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 25, 2011 Good morning from London! This is the big week when Wills and Kate get married, and I will be filling you in with my wonderful behind-the-scenes (under-the-table, more accurately) insights. The security around Buck House has been tightened, and there are more policemen walking the drafty halls, which means extra biscuit crumbs and the occasional crust from a sandwich coming my way. HM has been trying out some new shoes. DofE is having a new uniform made. Kate, who has lovely ankles, comes for tea often, and is trying to befriend us. She is learning the value of fish ...


Fine Art Daily, Hot Cross Buns, Charles and Camilla

Fine Art Daily, April 22, 2011

Posted: April 22, 2011 04:52 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's Food Friday!   Happy Earth Day! Charles and Camilla are a little rushed these days and have a slew of parties they must attend this weekend (out of their deep sense of duty, and Camilla's love of excellent Champagne). So they will not be hanging by the pool they way they usually do on the weekends. Charles wanted me to share Nanny's recipe for her traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns. He hopes that you are recycling, mulching, conserving water and eating his organic Duchy shortbread, because as they say on the BBC, "It's really very good." Hot Cross Buns 1 cup milk 2 ...


Fine Art Daily, the schooner Sultana

Fine Art Daily, April 21, 2011

Posted: April 21, 2011 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 21, 2011 We took a quick walk down to the docks in Chestertown where I finally got my first glimpse of the schooner Sultana. This is the Sultana, quiet and crewless. I cannot imagine what it must be like in foul weather, with sailors clambering over her decks, coiling lines, pulling and moving in unison. So much choreography in so tight a space! The Sultana and the Pride of Baltimore will be hosting some public sails on April 30. http://www.sultanaprojects.org/


Fine Art Daily, Trappe, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 20, 2011

Posted: April 20, 2011 04:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 20, 2011 We managed to get lost in Trappe, Maryland, which I gather is a bit difficult. We found these dear lambs, gamboling and lolling about in a large grass field, oblivious to us and the subsequent chase given by the attendant Labs. You can glimpse a little bit of the water way down there through the trees and beyond the fence. Around us, on the side of the road, were irregular patches of telephone-like daffodils and jonquils. Another glorious Spring day.


Fine Art Daily, Easton, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 20, 2011

Posted: April 19, 2011 05:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 20, 2011 Here is a tiny slice of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I missed seeing the 4-foot wide Magazine Alley, though. I have to put that on the list for my next investigative journey. Every day you can walk through history on your way to the grocery store, cocktails or the drugstore. I love the different architectural styles that exist cheek-by-jowl in an old town. Everything is re-purposed and re-used; recycling at its highest level.


Fine Art Daily, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Fine Art Daily, April 18, 2011

Posted: April 18, 2011 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 18, 2011 This is St. Michaels, Maryland, from the water, with a view of the wedding cake-like lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. With the warmer weather finally upon the Eastern Shore it is time to take advantage of the great outdoors and the many opportunities to paddle about in the water. We saw some ducklings this weekend, having a giddy time getting their bearings under the strict tutelage of their parental units. We also saw some ospreys working on new home construction - it looks like spring is finally here!


Fine Art Daily, Uncooked Tomato Sauce

Fine Art Daily, April 15, 2011

Posted: April 15, 2011 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's Food Friday! This wedding is getting to us all. Last night Gwynnie's smile was a little strained when she commented about having to dance attendance, then that nit found the jelly bean with Kate's likeness divined from the freckle spatterings. Camilla has just about had it. Charles phoned to ask anxiously if he needed to order more Prosecco. I imagine that a little more bubbly will be flowing than is usual this weekend... Camilla requested, rather petulantly I thought, because she knows that Friday night means pizza here, to have something different. She wanted some pasta wi...


Fine Art Daily, The Smoke House, Easton, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 14, 2011

Posted: April 14, 2011 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 14, 2011 We walked from the Tidewater Inn to our elegant dinner party at Mason's, past this delightful little structure. Its address is The Smoke House, 102-2 East Dover Street. Like 221B Baker Street, although without any of the fictional mysteries attending... It was a evening bathed in butterscotch light and an early spring glow. I like the small scale here, and that the building is still being used. There was a cat sitting on the porch next door, who seemed quite put out that we stopped to comment and take photos. Watch your step when you go exploring in Easton.


Fine Art Daily, Greenhouse at The Inn at Perry Cabin

Fine Art Daily, April 13, 2011

Posted: April 13, 2011 05:18 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 13, 2011 We spotted this vision of delicate tracery on the grounds of The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. It was set back off the main drive, with a few clumps of daffodils and jonquils in the newly green grass leading up to it. I have always thought that a glass greenhouse would be the perfect place for a studio, although if I had one here in Florida I would probably get burned to a crispy critter on the first day with any sunshine. Wouldn't you like to while away your working hours here? Or would you suddenly wonder if you had become a character in Clue, and had an assi...


Fine Art Daily, Tidewater Inn

Fine Art Daily, April 12, 2011

Posted: April 12, 2011 04:56 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 12, 2011 I felt a little bit like Eloise when we walked through the inviting reception area of the Tidewater Inn. Immediately I was seized with the urge to take off my shoes and slide in my socks across the invitingly shiny black flagged floor. I have no doubt that the friendly staff would have encouraged me in this childish behavior as they were so solicitious about my my other creature comforts. There was not one raised eyebrow when I appeared in the Hunters' Tavern the next day, clutching my computer and seeking a Diet Coke at o'dark thirty. Poof! Magic. Diet Coke and wi-f...


Fine Art Daily, Third Haven Meeting House

Fine Art Daily, April 11, 2011

Posted: April 11, 2011 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 11 2011 Fine Art Daily is still reporting from the Eastern Shore of Maryland this week. This is the Third Haven Meeting House, in Oxford, Maryland. You need to get off the main road to see this properly and to be enthralled by the riot of cherry blossoms. The historic marker is on the road, but go down the drive to see the buildings. This is the original meetinghouse and there is a more modern brick building, for the cold weather months. There are scatterings of daffodils among the gravestones. Austere and simple.


Fine Art Daily, Chicken Cordon Blue

Fine Art Daily, April 8, 2011

Posted: April 08, 2011 05:22 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Charles and Camilla are bickering just a bit these days – I guess the strain of planning the wedding is getting to everyone. There are just so many avenues for making social gaffes. Did you know that Kate ate some pâté de foie gras a few weeks ago, when Charles has strictly forbidden it from Palace menus? Heavens to Betsy!  (Charles has privately confided to me that he misses the good old days when the Palace would serve Veal Cordon Bleu and Veal Scallopini, but he must be firm in his stance…) Camilla is quite sure that we have done Chicken Cordon Bleu for Food Friday before, but Char...


Fine Art Daily, Against the Grain, Chestertown

Fine Art Daily, April 7, 2011

Posted: April 07, 2011 05:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 7, 2011 Another destination I discovered on my whirlwind research trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland was this fabulous new bakery in Chestertown: Against the Grain. I spent years standing in the cafeteria line at the College trying to figure out what "Chicken Fried Steak" really was, while today's students can stroll into town for buttery, flaky pain au chocolat. The bakery's address is 203 High Street. I do not know why the geese aren't camped out front, waiting to get their fair share of the bread crumbs!


Fine Art Daily, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Fine Art Daily, April 6, 2011

Posted: April 06, 2011 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 6, 2011 We went for a brisk walk around the the compact Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum which looked vastly informative and entertaining. You can learn how to build boats here, which is something I wouldn't mind doing in the perfect life I have planned out in my head. It's that Laura Ingalls Wilder/Jo March feeling I get sometimes. In the meantime, I was ambling around the Museum's boatyard, admiring their fleet and the elegance of other people's skills and hard work. It is a great destination.


Fine Art Daily, daffodils, St.  Michaels

Fine Art Daily, April 5, 2011

Posted: April 05, 2011 05:02 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 5, 2011 We kept a hurried pace while touring Talbot County on the Eastern Shore. We made a quick stop at the Village Shoppe in St. Michaels (no apostrophe, my dear editors) for sustaining Diet Cokes and chocolate chip cookies. There is some logic there, truly. In the inviting outdoor garden section I was seized with an irrational longing for the willow tuteurs tucked behind some massive cobalt planters. It wasn't enough that I was wandering headily among the pots of cyclamen, tulips, jonquils and hyacinths. I had to plot how I could get an unwieldy 5-foot tall willow frame ho...


Fine Art Daily, daffodils

Fine Art Daily, April 4, 2011

Posted: April 04, 2011 04:58 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 4, 2011 Last week I went back to Chestertown. I often dream of Chestertown and Washington College. Mostly they are anxiety dreams – that someone in the administration has gone over my transcripts and discovered that I was graduated without having taken a crucial math class, and I must return to the College to complete it, or my degree is worthless. I will have to live in the dorms (with the Pouting Princess and the Tall One in tow) and I will have to get a part-time job waitressing. Yikes! Luckily I slid into town under the College’s radar, and was able to walk around with ...


Fine Art Daily, Hash Blacks

Fine Art Daily, March 25, 2011

Posted: March 25, 2011 06:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 25, 2011 It's Food Friday! The theme of this week's Food52 competition was foods which you set aflame - on purpose. I am not a fancy cook. I have never cooked Bananas Foster en Flambé, and I still don't know what it is at the Greek restaurant which causes such a flutter and commotion and flames. I have on many occasions burnt the food I was trying to prepare in a loving fashion for my family. They can probably roll their eyes and enumerate notable examples, but that is another story. For many years I did not prepare Hash Browns. Instead I served Hash Blacks. Danny will remembe...


Fine Art Daily, The Evil Roxanne

Fine Art Daily, March 23, 2011

Posted: March 23, 2011 05:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 23, 2011 What an opportunist! That Evil Roxanne has adopted my chair find as her own. Maybe she feels like Goldilocks, and we have finally provided a perch that is just right for her - perfect size, height and comfort level. Never mind that the upholstery is a creamy ivory that shows every single one of her many shed hairs. (Never mind that it was a little treat for me!) I wandered into the bedroom yesterday afternoon, found her curled up like a little shedding pill bug, and resigned myself to cat domination. Fine Art Daily had spent a busy morning cranking out reams of spec...


Fine Art Daily,tomato harvest

Fine Art Daily, March 22, 2011

Posted: March 22, 2011 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 22, 2011 The tomato farm has burgeoned nicely. We had a small harvest this weekend - almost enough tomatoes for a salad! There is great satisfaction in eating something warm from the garden. The strawberries keep disappearing on me, though. One day there is a cluster of shining scarlet fruit, and the next day - nothing! I don't know if we have an industrial grade of hungry insects or if the Evil Roxanne has developed a penchant for delectable young fruit. The strawberry plants are not near the tantalizing cat nip plant. So many life lessons (and metaphors) to be had in the ga...


Fine Art Daily, new old chair

Fine Art Daily, March 21, 2011

Posted: March 21, 2011 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Back from Spring Break! March 21, 2011 Happy Spring! I hope you had a chance to step outside to watch the moon rise on Saturday. What an amazing event! We went around the corner to one of the Tall One's favorite fishing holes and watched it glide up over Hutchinson Island. There was a blazing red moon path the crossed the Indian River, right to the shore where we sat swatting at the mosquitoes. I did a little consumering this weekend. There were plenty of opportunities for folks to help the economy at the gloriously colorful and upbeat ArtsFest 2011. Tom Winter's huge photos have b...


Fine Art Daily, Raspberry Tart

Fine Art Daily, March 11, 2011

Posted: March 11, 2011 06:12 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 11, 2011 It's Food Friday! I entered today's FAD in the Food52 Tart Contest this week. (No comments, please, Red Hots.)If you have a moment, wander by the Food52 site and get some other ideas from people who really know how to cook. When I was little we would go for walks along a private drive that is now covered with many houses. I doubt if our bushes are still there. There was a red raspberry bush and a black raspberry bush. We learned to pick the sun-warmed berries without getting scratched by the rasping thorns or fearing the many bees. It was always hot, and the sweet ...


Fine Art Daily, Chinese New Year

Fine Art Daily, March 10, 2011

Posted: March 10, 2011 04:38 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 10, 2011 Miss Morning Glory certainly knows how to brighten the corner where she is. She wandered through her garden just before the Chinese New Year party the other afternoon, picking pink hibiscus, a salmon bougainvillea and a few tiny Golden Rain blossoms and managed to artfully mass them into a spectacular and towering grouping. I caught her part way through the arranging - imagine this with another 5 pink hibiscus dancing on slim sticks of bamboo, and that's what she created. Poof! Of course, she is so prepared for any floral situation that she even had some green floris...


Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 9, 2011

Posted: March 09, 2011 04:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 9, 2011. Today is Vita Sackville-West's birthday. One of these days I will get to Sissinghurst, to see her white garden. In the meantime I am luxuriating in the beauteousness that Miss Morning Glory has created across the road from us. Every corner has a story, every flower has a well-scrubbed face, every thing is loved. (Well, except for the damn moles and the possums, but those belong in another story.)


Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 8, 2011

Posted: March 08, 2011 04:52 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 8, 2011 More Chinese New Year. There are a few moments just before the sun goes down, when the rays of light are long and lush and golden, and time slows - just for a moment. The dust motes blur and soften the sharp edges, the garden is lovely, and so are your companions. As the dusk gathers nothing is quite as beautiful as the lamp light.


Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 7, 2011

Posted: March 07, 2011 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 7, 2011 We were a little out of step with the rest of the world in celebrating the Chinese New Year, but that is the way we prefer to be. It was a glorious afternoon of slanted gauzy rays of sunshine, and a cool evening with the glowing lanterns strung red and gold above the lawn. Even the cool sprinkle of rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the children as they ran fearlessly in the dark. The Year of the Rabbit was well celebrated.


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