Happy Belated St. Paddy’s Day!

I’m a day late and a dollar short, but… HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Did you remember to wear green yesterday? Were you pinched to within an inch of your life? Did you even remember it was St. Patrick’s Day in all the chaos that is our world right now? If not, you weren’t alone. I’m pretty sure there were a lot of empty leprechaun traps yesterday.

I’ve been saving this beautiful painting for St. Patrick’s Day. It was at the Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston. It isn’t by an Irish artist, but the emerald green dress is super St. Patrick-y. I love it. I actually want that gown, if I’m being honest. I feel it would be practical to wear anyplace! Or, at home doing homeschooling, if it turns out I never leave my house again.

“April” The month after the longest month EVER in 2020.

Childe Hassam painted it in 1920. Word has it, Hassam painted this portrait of his mother, using his imagination to guess how she would have looked having just found out she was pregnant with him. Like many women receiving that news she looks deep in thought and a little pale. I think the daffodils are a darling touch in their shallow little vase. 

Here is another piece at Gibbes, that I posted several weeks ago, but I love it so much I can’t resist posting again. Plus, green!

I still love it!

The internet is providing so many awesome ideas for us to do with our kids while we’re cutting our homeschooling teeth. Here’s how I’m making my kids learn about art if you’re interested. Every day they are assigned a famous piece of art. At the end of the day they present it to us with information about the painting and artist. Yesterday, for instance, we did Yellow-Red-Blue by Wassily Kandinsky, The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, and The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali. If your kids are like mine they will make it into a competition and make you rank them 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Enjoy!

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