Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to all! This dayPoinsettia (Euphorbia
pulcherrima) pleased me by its bright red colorful
leaves, truly Christmas color! I'm a little late, was waiting for
full Poinsettia bloom. It
is set on the small table near my fireplace, it has red and green leaves
and its small yellow flowers are in the center of the red leaves.
winter is such unpredictable as last autumn was. In my previous post I
wrote that snow is everywhere. The week passed and all snow has
almost melted. The evergreens in my garden appeared through the
melted snow and they look good between old grey grass. I love these
dwarf round thujas, I never prune them and I love their shape.
was strong windy weather I was worrying about the decoration
that I've put on my garden spruce. When I'd come I saw all they are
safe on the branches. The bonsai pines are well too, they were
covered with snow last week and now areopened. The small
evergreen mahonia feels well it's very hardy and in spring its leaves
appear through the snow.
have a small vegetable garden on my kitchen windowsill. I wish I
have some fresh salad leaves, green onion and garlic leaves with
Did you have Poinsettia? Did you store or throw it away after blooming? Do you grow any greenery indoors? Have
a nice week, bye!
snow is everywhere. I think the poem 'The
cold earth slept below' by
Percy Bysshe Shelley that I have
found in Internet goes well with this time of the year here. Shelley
(1792-1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets.
cold earth slept below;
the cold sky shone;
a chilling sound,
caves of ice and fields of snow
breath of night like death did flow
the sinking moon.
wintry hedge was black;
green grass was not seen;
birds did rest
the bare thorn’s breast,
roots, beside the pathway track,
bound their folds o’er many a crack
the frost had made between.
Sunday I could drive to my summer cottage and garden because the snow
was not deep. The nearest forest was very beautiful. Although
the sun shone a few hours I could take some pictures of wintry
I have told in my previous post I bought some Christmas
decorations and hung them on the spruce in my garden now. At home my living room window is decorated with candles as well.
it snowing or is there snow in your place? Do you like walking
in the woods before Christmas? Thank you!
started. Snow fell finally. No frost, but the pond and the water in
barrels have frozen. When the nights are clear many stars are visible
in the sky. Sometimes it's a snowstorm with wind, it covers the
ground with white carpet. But this carpet quickly melts in the city,
and it lies in my suburban garden, glitters in the sun.
for Christmas and the New Year has begun in the city. The snowflakes,
garlands, Christmas decorations, Santa Claus' and his granddaughter
Snow Maiden's figures, masks, flappers and fireworks appeared in
different supermarkets and street fairs. I succumbed to the temptation :)) and decided to buy a few Christmas
decorations. I remembered that the garland for the small Christmas
tree had burnt out last year and bought a new one. I like gleaming
snowflakes and ornaments that can be hung on a door, a window or just
on a wall in the living room or the kitchen. Of course I want to hang
these decorations in the garden on my spruce as well, I grow it for
I recently purchased
potted amaryllis bulb, which had only just began to sprout its flower
stalk. Gradually flower stalk grew, a bud has begun to open. On the
first Sunday in December the first bud fully opened and 3 others
about to open.
I had a gift the branch of a blossoming white
lily. Lily appeared extremely resistant to the dark and short day
conditions, its numerous buds open one by one. The lily smells great,
and its pollen from the stamens may be on your nose if you smell
very close! I
that the amaryllis and the lily create joyous and festive mood.
do you prepare for the Season holiday, are you planning something new
my story of still life, I want to tell you about my favorite
paintings of 19-21 centuries, ie since impressionists to modern
artists. Many of you know or have heard of the Impressionists, French
artists of the 19th century. I learned their works in the halls of
Hermitage Museum many years ago. Of
course there are Still lifes by Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and others.
begin with I would like to show you a still life paintings by Claude
Monet and Edouard Manet.
Edouard Manet "Rose and cake" and " Two roses"
Edouard Manet "Roses" and "Clematis"
Monet "Christmas roses" and "Chrysanthemums"
Monet "Vase of tulips" and "Vase of peonies"
Both artists have worked in the
Impressionist style, which can be defined as a desire to connect
still life with the environment, nature. The Impressionists abandoned
complex of colorful tones, they were painting clean colors, achieving
mixing these colors directly on the canvas, created the illusion
depicting colored shadows. Here are paintings by Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gog.
Cézanne "Fruit and flowers" and Auguste Renoir "Still Life"
Vincent Van Gog "Sunflowers" and "Irises"
chosen to you a few works by Russian artists of 19-20th centuries, and
contemporaries as well. Isaak Levitan is one of the most
well-known Russian artists began to paint his still lifes in 1880. I
show you his modest painting, where he depicted simple
bouquets of Cornflowers. Another artist Ivan Kramskoy was Levitan's
contemporary. He is known as the author of large canvases, here is
his still life "Phlox".
Isaak Levitan "Cornflowers" and Ivan Kramskoy "Phlox"
artists Igor Grabar and Dmitry Nalbandian created their paintings in
30-50th of the last century. I like their still lifes, simple and at
the same time elegant. Vladimir Volosov and Vladimir Korkodym are
our contemporaries, their works are made at the beginning of our
century. I think "Country Still life" is especially lovely,
it reminds me of my walks in the woods, picking berries and flowers.
Dmitry Nalbandian "Wild flowers" and Vladimir Korkodym " Flowers"
Igor Grabar "Roses on a Window" and Vladimir Volosov "Country Still life"
you like these Still lifes I selected to you? Whom of artists did you know and
love? Thank you!
would have thought that mid-November was so warm: +10... +5 C (50...40F)?
Usually there is snow in the middle of November in my garden. I wrote
in the previous post about my 'to do' plan before winter comes. But
apparently I hurried: winter is not yet here:)). What flowers can be seen
in Garden Blog Day in November? I
had a gift pot of Chrysantemums, it grows in my garden warm verandah, is
blooming very well. Potentilla has one lonely flower, it's blooming
near the fence.
Already leaves have fallen from all shrubs. Sedum
grows near the large thuja; when I had cleaned dry leaves, I noticed
its young sprouts. How they will survive in the snow, probably will
die. Deciduous rhododendrons are quite bare and their flower buds are
now clearly visible. This is the variety 'Mandarin light'.
have covered with boxes and special material "spunbond" my
roses. The boxes stand nondensely on the ground, I put the stones and
bricks at the corners to the air comes to the rose bushes. The
small rose I have grown out of the cutting, I will cover it with a
cloth, too. Tulips are tightly covered with leaves and I hope bulbs
will winter well.
Honeysuckle Perfoliate has not yet dropped its
leaves, I have put a chair and decided to sit watching the birds as
they managed with a new bottle-feeder. I filled in the bottle
sunflower seeds. Some titmice immediately understood how to get the
seeds while still others birds looked narrowly at them.
Do you have feeders for birds in your garden? What kind of birds do you see there? Thank you! That's
all for now, have a nice weekend!
love the Old Masters' Still life. Why?When I look at the Still life
paintings I think the artists tried to create a sense of nature.
Fruit, vegetables, flowers, food comes alive under the Old Masters'
brush. I imagine the people who cut these flowers, ate this food, fruit, used these dishes, glasses, cups, table cloths, curtain, etc..
at the 'Flower
Still life' by Franz Xaver Petter and the 'Still
Life, Flowers and Fruit' by Severin Roesen. There are many flowers and
that are piled on the table, in dishes and baskets. I love those
tender colors of roses, bright irises and daffodils.
Xaver Petter, 'Flower Still life', 1821
Roesen , 'Still life, Flowers and Fruit', 1850
artist Frans Snyders is wellknown as the collection of his worksin Hermitage museum, Saint Petersburg. I've chosen his 'Fruit
in a Bowl on a Red Cloth'
and the 'Fruit Stall' to show you. There are many heavy ripe juicy
fruit: pears, peaches, grape, plums, nuts, blackberry, figs in
the Snyders's paintings. The fruit are everywhere: on a table, in dishes,
bowls, all types of baskets, and even just on the floor, filling
baskets, buckets, pails. When having seen them many years ago I was
surprised by luxury, bright colors and abundance.
Frans Snyders 'Fruit
in a Bowl on a Red Cloth', 1620
Frans Snyders 'Fruit Stall', 1615
recently learned 'Still
life' by Ivan
Khrutsky and Antonio de Pereda and I liked their works. What
the wonderful flowers, vases, cups and bureau!
Khrutsky 'Still life', 1854
Antonio de Pereda 'Still life with an ebony chest', 1652
are works 'Still-Life with Fruit and Flowers' by
Tomas Hiepes and 'Still-Life on a
Table with Fruit and Flowers' by Jan van Kessel. If you look
attentively at the fruit you will see that they represent different
countries and ripen at different times of the year.
Tomas Hiepes 'Still-Life with Fruit and Flowers', 1642
Jan van Kessel 'Still-Life on a
Table with Fruit and Flowers',1650
Still life by Clara Peeters was an discovery to me some years ago.
She painted many Still life and I want to show you two of them:
life with a tart, roast chicken, bread, rice and olives' and 'Still
life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels'. Food is so natural that I'd
like to try these bread, cheese, tart and wine!
life with a tart, roast chicken, bread, rice and olives', 1635
Clara Peeters 'Still
life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels', 1640
agree with specialists who say that Still life became an independent genre of
paintingthanks to many painters and
especially to Snyders .
do you think about Still life? Who
of Old Masters do you prefer?