Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SUMMER AFTERNOON, SUMMER AFTERNOON


"SUMMER AFTERNOON AT
SKAGEN BEACH"
Peder Severin Kroyer
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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:
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"SUMMER AFTERNOON,
SUMMER AFTERNOON,
THE TWO MOST BEAUTIFUL WORDS
IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE"

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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/.
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"SUMMER AFTERNOON"
George Konis

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"SUMMER AFTERNOON"
George F. Schultz

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"SUMMER AFTERNOON"
Mary Travers

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"SUMMER AFTERNOON"
Frank Weston Benson
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"SUMMER AFTERNOON"
Barbara Loftin

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"SUMMER AFTERNOON, BIARRITZ"
Jose Villegas Cordero

16 comments:

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,
Mari-Nanci
'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 …

Louise

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!
~Kelli

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"!

Deborah

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!
Colleen

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!
KJ