Inspiration Shopping

I went shopping for inspiration the other day.  I had to use my cell phone to take the photos because I had forgotten my camera.

First I went to the public library and reserved tickets to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Can you believe this installation.  Every branch is made of hand-blown glass.  This was the view from the second floor.  Many beautiful Contemporary pieces can be found throughout the new wing.

People visiting the museum seemed to be inspired by the beautiful flower arrangements everywhere.

There are some wonderful current exhibits.   What a gorgeous museum, Filled with room inspiration from every period.

Aren't these colors so pretty?

Oooh, I'll take one of these beds please...

This American furniture looks very French inspired.

This chair is back in style now, I have this style chair in my guest room.   I just loved the long apron.

Of course I spent some time rummaging through the book store.  Then I went over to the contemporary exhibits, and a bit of fashion, I love the 50's fashion,

and 50's everything really...

Oh look there are some cell phones, not...but I think I saw these in a James Bond movie once.

I am so in love with portraits.

When I was a young girl I spent entire days roaming the Metropolitan Museum of Art just staring at the portraits.  A few years ago I went to the museum at Christmas.

When I visited London, I was in heaven at the National Portrait Museum. We ate at the cafe on the top floor overlooking the rooftops.  I almost expected Chimney Sweeps to be dancing to the music from Mary Poppins.

The Boston Museum certainly has a lovely collection of portraits.

These two were amazing...

The Hong Kong Museum of Art overlooks Victoria Harbor.  Once upon a time, I took my girls when Sarah was just four and Ashley was two.  I told Sarah to look out the window overlooking a busy harbor and memorize the moment.  She says that she still remembers that day, and so do I.

I rather liked this one and the lighting was magnificent.

Oh yes, they have a lovely gift shop too and gardens everywhere.

It reminds me a bit of the Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto.  I saw my first exhibition of angels there and the portraits were amazing.

and children's artwork too.

I went shopping for inspiration and I brought home lots of ideas, with patterns dancing in my head.  Thanks to the library, it was a very affordable adventure.

I can't wait for the upcoming exhibits, and next time I'll bring my good camera.  The music for this post is Life Inspiration, and the video holds some special  inspiration too.

RobinfromCA said...

Your post reminds me of a vacation I spent in Boston with one of my good friends and former college roommates. We roamed that museum for hours together! I'm surprised they let you take pictures in there. I also love the portraits!


Vee said...

I enjoyed seeing the museum again through your eyes. My niece has just finished her time in Boston for now and for quite a while worked there teaching classes on glass blowing among other things.

Of those portraits, I am most intrigued by the child on the sofa with a father figure striding into the room. I don't remember seeing that one nor do I know its name.

Do you also visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum? I enjoy that one, too, and it's so close to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I remember this place; I found my favorite painting of all time there and unfortunately never wrote down the name of the painting, but Ruben had an oil painting done for me of the same image and it is a delight for me! THAT FIRST PIECE IS ALL BLOWN GLASS?????

What a fabulous place to spend a day, Karen!


Beverly said...

Wow, what an incredible show. I wish I could have been there with you.♥

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oh Karen -- What a cool spot to spend the day! I always wondered if you could photograph in the museaum. But with todays phones ect. I wondered how they could stop you.

I love that Green piece espcially.

I just recently was layed off from my interior design job... so I think i will be able to pop in on our a little more often!

Hugs GF


Kathleen Grace said...

I love art museums! We have the Detroit Institute of Arts close enough to visit every few years, and our family spent a week in D.C. touring all the Smithsonian museums. It is one of my favorite pastimes. I love the green blown glass sculpture you show here, amazing!