Some days I just have way too much fun. I try to have one day a week where I just play or go on an Artist’s Date–generally Fun Friday. I had in mind to photograph a special outdoor exhibit at Crystal Bridges and then spend the afternoon playing in my studio with paint sticks, dye and colored pencils. I never made it back to the studio.
First I went to Crystal Bridges to photograph some 15-foot scultpures, The Four Seasons. These are fiberglass sculptures by Philip Haas, which he based on the 1635 Italian Renaissance paintings (The Four Seasons) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The sculptures are set in the woods on the Orchard Trail, with the exception of Winter, which is next to the lower entrance to the museum. Here is a distant view of Spring to give you an idea of the setting and then some close-ups.
Inside, we could see the smaller models of these sculptures. It was such a beautiful day and the museum was busy with school and church groups from Tulsa and Lenexa (Kansas), with more streaming in so I photographed a few things and went back outside.
Interesting that Haas used “maquette,” French for scale model rather than plastico or modello, the Italian. Regardless, these sculptures are exciting to me for their large scale and attention to detail.
But my fun did not end here. See my next post today for notes from the trails. Sometimes I just don’t want the day to end but there is always tomorrow, right?