Saturday, March 1, 2014

☀Sunlit Sunday: Season 3, Week 9

Welcome to the final month of ☀Sunlit Sunday.

Some experiences are "sunny" ones, like a trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. My friend was under the weather, so it was a solo excursion. After taking the GO Train into Toronto, I opted to walk the 20 or so minutes from Union Station to the AGO, thankful for the sunshine and my warm parka on a frigid morning.

I saw "The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 ". Works by many artists were featured: Brancusi, Chagall, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Leger, Marc, Matisse, Miró, Modigliani, Mondrian and Picasso, to name some of them. Photos of the exhibition were not permitted.

Photographs are allowed, however, in the rest of the gallery. These are some of the paintings in the Georgia Ridley Salon.

``Oriental Poppies" by Laura Muntz Lyall (c. 1915)

It will be months until my poppies bloom, but with some warmth and sunlight I hope they are as lovely as these. While looking at this painting, I got lost in the quiet moment that was captured by the artist.

"The Little Worker" by Helen McNicoll (c. 1907)

The young girl, in a sunny field, also caught my eye. I don't have the vocabulary to describe it, but the use of colour and brush strokes drew me into the scene of waving grasses and flowers.

Untitled (Cows on a Hillside) by Kathleen Munn (c. 1916)

This vibrant, pastoral scene (painted almost 100 years ago) almost jumped off the wall.

I enjoy visiting galleries and seeing what appeals to me, makes me think, brightens my day. The names of these three Canadian artists were new to me. Oh, for a background in art history! I'll share one or two more paintings later this week.

Your turn:


  1. We love to visit art galleries. You shared such beautiful paintings.

    Thanks so much for my sweet little knitted cloths. I refuse to use them for their intended purpose. I love how they look on the little rocker.

  2. Karen - great pastoral paintings...I especially love the cows! Hope your weekend is going well!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  3. I especially love the girl with poppies. Wishing you a blessed Sunday, Karen.
    Thanks for hosting.

  4. What a nice outing! There is something I like with each of the pictures you showed. After this long winter I will relish each spring, summer and fall day even more than I usually do! Can't wait to see beautiful green grass and flowers again! Thanks for hosting!

  5. I've never been to the art gallery Karen but it looks like the outing brought you much joy. I can't play this week since we're travelling home and already our car is covered in snow outside the hotel. :-(

  6. Hello, Karen
    What lovely paintings drawn in pastel colors. I too love to visit galleries. It is always respite moment in my busy life.

    Thank you for hosting. I hope you have a happy day!

  7. These are all beautiful artworks and I don't know any of the artists. It would be nice to visit an art gallery. We have a wonderful one in Fredericton but I haven't been to it in years. Time to do that again. (no cameras allowed at all!) Thanks for hosting. I'll have to link up my post from today now. Happy March and have a great Sunlit Sunday. Pam

  8. Oh, what a great day at the gallery! I may have to make a trip!

  9. Hi Karen,

    The AGO is an amazing place. I remember visiting it in primary school for the very first time and was completely mesmerized by the variety of art on display. It's been on my list of things to do when I come home this month and hope to take my daughter along this time.

    The three paintings you've featured are beautiful and I can understand how one can get lost in their enchantment. I am not familiar with these talented Canadian artists, but their visions have intrigued me already.

    Thanks so much for hosting and have a lovely week ahead.


  10. Interesting how different the artists to capture and represent the sunlight.Thanks for sharing.
    I like to visit art gallerys too...
    Have a great sunday

  11. The paintings are exquisite glad that you were able to photograph and share them! :)

  12. I love visiting art galleries. I enjoy seeing how each artist interprets and expresses what he/she sees. The three paintings you chose are very beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

  13. A few years ago there was an exhibit of seashore paintings at a local museum and it was wonderful.

  14. Lovely colorful paintings . Thanks for hosting and sharing . Have a good day !

  15. Oh happy sigh....... What a marvelous place, to be able to visit..... More happy sighs....

    Gorgeous... It gives me a warm, lovely feeling, simply looking at your photos of these paintings...

    Especially the ``Oriental Poppies" by Laura Muntz Lyall (c. 1915). Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............. More happy sighs. Thank you for sharing.


  16. Beautiful paintings! you might be surprised to know that even with a background in art history I haven't heard of these women- Canadian Women artists= not highly taught subjects! More women to look up! thanks for posting!

  17. Beautiful pictures...I can see why you got lost in some of these photos! They are exquisite! We have an art center here also and love to visit it also.

    Blessings to your day...

  18. Such extraordinary color and beautiful art!!! In Washington DC there is the National Women's Museum of Art. It was such a wonderful museum to visit as well!!! There are real treasures there too! Have a grand weekend! Cathy

  19. Hello dear Karen
    what beautiful art you have shared with us today - thank you.
    I would love a print of "the Little Worker".
    Thank you for hosting and wishing you a very happy week.

  20. Oh, Karen,

    'Oriental Poppies' has caught my eye and my heart. Just look at those pops of bright colour; specks of dazzlng sunshne indeed. I also love the panoply of paintings on the wall which have provided me with food for thought.

    Warm, sunny wishes,


  21. I haven't been to the AGO in a while. Shame on me!!

  22. What a great way to spend a chilly afternoon - in a museum. The paintings are wonderful and these are new-to-me Canadian artists as well. Thanks for hosting, Karen.

  23. Thanks for hosting.. I love the The Little Worker painting. It brings warmth on this frigid cold day.. Now to check out some of the other postings to warm me up.

  24. What lovely paintings! What a delight to see how each artist interprets the subject. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Thanks for hosting our little rays of sunshine. Smiles...Susan

  25. Such gorgeous paintings! Thanks for sharing.

  26. I love galleries just don't get time to visit many these days. I think my favourite was the girl in the poppy field.

  27. Amazing works of art. You can really look at them for hours and take it all in.

  28. What beautiful paintings! It looks like the trip was very worthwhile, I always love to visit Toronto a great city. Laura

  29. Hello Karen what a lovely excursion you had, and thank you for sharing such beautiful paintings. Wishing you a very happy, sunny weekend.
    Helen xox



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