Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Citar


Johannes Vermeer
"Woman with a Pearl Necklace"

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
Henry David Thoreau

"What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out. "
William Wordsworth

"Light tomorrow with today!"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Familiar acts are beautiful through love. "
Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think this young woman in the painting is having a moment of revelation. I love when a painting makes me think about the possible thoughts and emotions of the portrait subject. Vermeer could skillfully bring those quiet, solitary moments to life in his portraits.

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27 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

I love Elizabeth Barrett Brownings quote. that is awesome.

Jen said...

Light tomorrow with TODAY!! love it!

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

Wonderful! Truly wonderful!

Creativity!! said...

Woww :) Awesome Quotes :) :)

Don said...

I like the Thoreau quote. Torey Hayden in her book "Just Another Kid" has the main character, a special education teacher, say repeatedly through her book, "And I regarded her..."

True discourse includes large portions of listening with regard. Even Thoreau seems to acknowledge this in his quote.

Another blogger's poem alludes to the same attribute... (paraphrase),

"You take the time to check in on my dreams."

Happy Sunday!

Good to be a Queen said...

Beautiful!!!

Kitten said...

I love Vermeer! He really had a thing with women and pearls, didn't he? ;)

Life with Kaishon said...

Light tomorrow with today. That is too gorgeous for words. LOVE it!

Hopeful Spirit said...

Beautiful! I love the Thoreau quote best. Perhaps the girl in the painting is formulating a response, having been asked a question of substance. That would have been a revelation back in that day!

Have a great week!

The Write Girl said...

I love reading your Sunday citar post...it's always so refreshing to read the lovely quotes and stunning paintings.

Caitlin said...

I love the rebel poets, Wordsworth & Percy Shelley! I just finished reading Frankenstein, and it makes me want to get to know Shelley's works even further!

Joanne said...

What a gorgeous painting. I love the color, the shadow, it's so effective. It's almost like the painting is asking us Thoreau's quote, what we think, and attending to our answer.

Marisa said...

Great quotes! I especially like the one by Henry David Thoreau, but then, I love everything "Thoreau."

T Rex Mom said...

Both the painting and quotes are inspiring. Thank you for some Sunday contemplation.

Corrie Howe said...

I love the painting and the quotes. You always do such a grand job on these Sunday Citars.

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

These are great quotes!! Love Sunday Citar, and I hope you have having a great day! I don't think my daughter has realized yet that she is featured today on mine! ♥

Randi said...

Vermeer's use of light is astounding. Love the painting! The thing that stood out to me most (call me weird) was the wall. He took such time to put detail into that wall---I can almost feel every bump, and experience the coolness, just by his use of shadow.

The quote by Shelley is my fave today. It's our seeming mundane tasks that come alive when performed with love.

I love your Sunday Citar posts. I always come here for a spot of inspiration.

Judith Ellis said...

The Shelley quote is simply beautiful, the Vermeer painting also. Thanks, Kelley.

Whimsical Creations said...

Love "light tomorrow with today"! Fabulous!

Susan Fobes said...

I really like this painting and like any artist that has me pause in the artists world before coming back to mine...

Jenners said...

These posts are always so thoughtful and arty. Love them!

Muthering Heights said...

I agree...I've always liked Vermeer for that reason!

Beverley Baird said...

Such wonderful quotes. I love this painting by Vermeer!
Thanks for stopping by!

Jenny in Utah said...

Beautiful painting ... couldn't agree more. And I had never heard the quote by Elizabeth ... what truth! Thanks for sharing!

Naqvee said...

great quotes.... you are an inspiration.

Aleta said...

I love that you picked this painting. It definitely is an eye catcher. Like you, I want to get into the mind of the person in the painting, wish I could hear the thoughts. Beautiful quotes - first one is my favorite!

::She Poet:: said...

I love your Sunday Citars, truly inspirational and eloquent. Terrific quotes. Thanks Kelly for taking time from your crazy busy schedule to stop by and visit. Have a great week!