Monday, February 23, 2009

Hay, Hay, Hay, from Miller to Millet


Garry Miller
Martha Resting, 1986

I came upon this old photograph this weekend ~ it's one of my favorites. My husband took this picture of me after we'd spent a hot summer afternoon hoeing and weeding our huge vegetable garden at our old farmhouse on Mount Hope Road, when we lived in Sanford, Maine. It's pleasant to dream about midsummer, as we are socked in with a fresh layer of snow this morning. This photo fits in with a whole genre of paintings, the likes of which are posted below. You can see more paintings like these and read about them at this wonderful website!
Dream, dream, dream, dream!


Csok, 1890

Bastien-Lepage, 1877


Van Gogh, 1890

Pissaro, 1882

Bouguereau, 1865

Cameron, 19th century

Jean Francois-Millet, 1865

John Singer Sargent, 1875

John Singer Sargent
Violet Sleeping

Jean- Francois Millet
Ruth and Boaz, 1852

12 comments:

Susan Beauchemin said...

I think I was there visiting when this picture was taken. Our kids were playing in a small pool off to the side of the garden. I remember thinking oh no if Martha falls asleep what do I do with all these kids!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I haven't visited for a couple days and now I'm behind reading your posts...I will be back after my studio day to catch up!

Martha Miller said...

word verification:

boblem

hey, sue, what's the boblem? you can take care of them all!

ha ha - i think this was actually a different day, there's a companion pic of me and garry asleep - i think my in-laws were visiting, but who knows, i was probably passed out when y ou visited too!!

Martha Miller said...

hi blue

have good day on your studio!!! i'll pop over for a visit!

Morgaine said...

what a great photograph Martha !

Captain Nick Sparrow said...

I'm suddenly in the mood for a nap...

Martha Miller said...

thanks, morgaine ~ that was a while ago!

Martha Miller said...

hi nick...nick?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

artslice said...

Love the photo of you... it speaks volumes of a mother's weariness! (tho, I didn't have 5 - don't know how you did it). Lovely hay paintings too... thanks for this great post!

Martha Miller said...

thanks, brenda! i don't know how i did it either, except that i was very young...

The Cog said...

what beautiful paintings of joyous exhaustion

Martha Miller said...

i know - such golden sun drenched pics! ahhhh....