Ever since my very first exposure to it in 1979 as part of a Smithsonian Institution art-history seminar, one of my favorite art venues in Washington, DC, has been the venerable Phillips Collection, a few blocks east and perhaps a block south of the DuPont Circle DC Metro stop.
The Phillips Collection
There are many reasons for my respect and enthusiasm for “the Phillips,” but certainly one of the most salient reasons for my “evangelical” work on behalf of the Collection is that the Phillips houses Pierre Auguste Renoir’s great Luncheon of the Boating Party (hereafter Luncheon). (I refuse to call it, as some critics do, Boatman’s Lunch. Computers are expensive and I would rather not throw up on mine.) Aside from the sheer beauty of the painting itself, I enjoy watching others’
Genesis 9:12-13 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
The Hebrew Scripture for Sunday was from Genesis 9, the covenant between God and the earth. Following the Flood, God voluntarily disarms, self-limits, herself by making a promise between Noah’s descendents and all creation never to destroy the earth again. It is promise made to all of creation not just humans. God’s promise means we are to be in relation with each other and all of creation. (If you are not familiar with God’s promise please read Genesis 9:8-17.) Above is the painting by Joseph Anton Koch of Noah’s Thanksgiv
Wednesday my husband gave me a truly beautiful gift. He came with me to Paint Nite. Now Paint Nite is a two hour social event where you all create the same painting while enjoying the local hosting restaurant or bar. You also need to know that M is color blind and hadn't painted anything since middle school. So in essence what he gave me was total engagement in an activity I dearly love (painting) while struggling with his own limitations. We laughed and concentrated and played all night. It was only one of the best dates of my life thanks to his joyful immersion in the artsy side of me. What a gift! I am grateful!
"The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you,
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