Last week, I went to Washington DC for a short vacation. After spending a couple days on the National Mall with a million other tourists, I retreated to The National Portrait Gallery, which is a bit off the beaten path at the Gallerie Place Metro stop. It was quiet and serene. I was all alone in many of the small gallery rooms and it was just what I needed. The benches were upholstered, the light soft and spotted on lovely art and the docents and security guards were amiable and soft-spoken.
This gallery of Deco era pieces was sublime. I wish I could have captured this image with more clarity, but you get the idea ... the La Farge windows are heavenly. I related immediately, as I have been reading Susan Vreeland's historical novel about Louis Tiffany and his shop of Tiffany girls directed by Clara Driscoll. La Farge was a competitor of Tiffany's during the early 1900's.
A painting from the same gallery ... why can't I make wreaths like this one ???
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