Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Peder Severin Kroyer

I bid rather a sad farewell to June and to Fairy Month by drawing the name for the winner of my Fairy Day Giveaway. The winner is Mari-Nanci of "smilnsigh". Congratulations, Mari-Nanci, and may you enjoy Cicely Mary Barker's paintings in "Return to Fairyopolis" for many a day.
When I went over to Mari-Nanci's post to tell her about her win, I realized that needn't be so sad - I have a fabulous July ahead of me. Her post today is a plethora, a panoply, a paean to the wonderful things we experience in July. From fireflies and fireworks, straw hats and strawberries, flag-waving parades and front-porch swings, she names dozens of simple-to-sumptuous delights to be found in the seventh month of the year.
Reading her post, I was reminded of the Henry James quote:


I decided to check out the Internet for summer paintings, and within a couple of minutes I had found dozens either called "Summer Afternoon" or which had "Summer Afternoon" in the title.
Here are seven of them, including my favorite, "Summer Afternoon at Skagen Beach." I have note cards of this painting, and I also have a print of it.
After you peruse my luscious summer afternoon paintings, please go to Mari-Nanci's post and read her luscious descriptions of July delights: http://www.smilnsigh.blogspot.com/.

George Konis


George F. Schultz


Mary Travers


Frank Weston Benson

Barbara Loftin

Jose Villegas Cordero


smilnsigh said...

Oh I am so glad that you have begun to feel better about the wheel turning, to July. :-) And thank you so much for the sweet words, about my July 1 entry.

And of course, thank you for your Fairy Day Giveaway. I sent you my address, didn't I? ,-) Yes, I did, I know I did. By email. :-)

July hugs,
'Smilnsigh' blog

Diana said...

Hi Julie, gorgeous summer photos !!!

LW said...

Congratulations Mari-Nanci!

Love the summer Paintings Julie ….
I wish my summer afternoon were as
Romantic as the paintings …


Janet said...

Congrats to Mari-Nanci on winning the giveaway. Personally July just means HOT weather for me and I usually stay inside most of the time. :-(

I like all the paintings but my favorites are "Summer Afternoon" by George Konis and "Summer Afternoon, Biarritz" by Jose Villegas Cordero. They have such a lush look, and Biarritz is the name of the street that turns onto the street where we live!

Kelli said...

Happy July, Julie! I love all the pretty pictures you are sharing!

Gemma said...

These summer paintings are fantastic. So glad you have chosen to remind us of all the wonders July brings. Fireflies remind me of fairies anyway!

lila said...

Congratulations to Mari-Nanci!
You have made me want to wear a white dress and "float" in the summer breezes near an ocean! The first painting of the garden fence with afternoon sun is truly lucious. I will take my camera as I go to visit gardens this afternoon with a friend!

Naturegirl said...

Ahh..this post was filled with Joy for Summer afternoons!MY favorite season!! I love the ~Mary Travers~ painting..can identify with it! sigh!

HURRAY for Mari Nanci!! So I now I've got to the bookstore and buy my own copy..I was holding out! Tee Hee!
Enjoy your summer afternoons Julie!
hugs NG xo

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Julie
~~ pretty pretty~~ Love your post and especially the bio.. very cute..hugs Patty

Deborah said...

Oh, how I love the artwork!

Hope you will stop by for my "Friday's Favorite Family Foto"!


Utah Grammie said...

Oh these paintings are so beautiful! And I love the summer quote. I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July and then follow it with 27 even greater days! Happy July!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing so many lovely paintings Julie - all gorgeous in their own way of viewing a perfect Summer's day. Of course for me I always have to add ENGLISH to 'Summer afternoon' because those were the really perfect and special ones of my childhood - they were the best!

Have a great fourth - looking forward to hearing July is a truly great month for you dear. Enjoy every day.
Hugs - Mary.

Moncha said...

Such beautiful paintings and I especially love the first one. I have been on Skagen beach and have been to the museum where the work of this painter is exhibited. I love his work and used to have two prints hanging on my wall. They have dispappeared in one of our many moves. I have to return to Skagen again someday to get new ones. I sure hope I can because I love Danmark !!!!
Have a great 4th of July and a great weekend !!!!

Annie said...

Julie, that picket fence painting is almost a duplicate of a picket fence photo I recently took in Mendocino. Amazing to see it like this. PRETTY!!

Rowan said...

That's a lovely painting at the beginning of your post - it has a dreamlike quality to it. I hope we get a few lovely summer afternoons like that but at present all we have is rain!

KJ said...

These paintings are wonderful. I have a couple of them in my own collection. Growing up, I was always drawn to Victorian paintings that had to do with the beach. I think it was Anne Morrow Lindbergh who collected shells. I do now.

Beautiful post!