A Day at the Museum

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol | John F. Kennedy by Elaine de Kooning | John Updike by Alex Katz | White Cloud by George Catlin | Franz Kline

Sometimes I need to remind myself to back away from the computer and get out there and do something. I always feel so much more inspired when I do, but it’s just so easy to get sucked into the black hole of Pinterest, right?

One of the best things about living in DC is access to all of the amazing (and free!) museums. So in an effort to start 2013 off on the right foot, I popped over to the National Portrait Gallery yesterday for lunch. It was so nice to wander the halls without the usual chaos of tourists and student groups.

There’s just something about seeing artwork in person. I find myself like a little kid, getting super close to the pieces, examining the brushstrokes and wondering how it’s possible someone created this. Above are a few of the portraits I lingered in front of the longest. De Kooning’s portrait of JFK is particularly stunning in person. The colors are just so vibrant and unexpected for a presidential portrait.

Do you have a favorite museum or piece you like to linger at?

P.S a million thank yous for your supportive comments, tweets, and emails on yesterday’s post. I’m so thrilled to have a new adventure to share with you!

8 thoughts on “A DAY AT THE MUSEUM

  1. I just read your Changes Post … I am so proud of you!! It took me along time to find my niche in interior design and wish I had found it earlier in life like you!! You will thrive because you have talent and the love for it!!! And you are right … sometimes we have to step AWAY from the computer!!! xo

  2. The Portrait Gallery is my favorite Smithsonian! Did you get to the Portraiture Now exhibit? I really liked the current one on drawing, especially (and weirdly for me) the electronic one. I was mesmerized!

    My favorite portrait isn’t up right now (as far as I know), but it’s a Robert McCurdy painting of Toni Morison. It’s piercing in person.

  3. I’m going to the Met and the MoMA next weekend! It’s been a while since I’ve visited either, and I’ve been wanting to check out the Matisse exhibit and the new abstraction one. And I think I’ll be going to the Morgan library & museum this Friday to see the Beatrix Potter one. I love living in a city with so much art – it’s definitely a very different experience to get up close and personal to it! 🙂

  4. I just love the National Portrait Gallery but I can’t tell you the last time I went. I will have to add it to my 2013 “must-do” list. Thanks!

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