How A Dream Day at the Legion of Honor Made Me Grateful

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I spent yesterday morning on a field trip to the  Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

If you have never been, you must go.

It is my favorite museum.

It sits on top of a hill with a panoramic view of the bay and the city.  Its white neoclassical architecture reflective of the ancient Rome with large ornate pillars.

The museum is breathtaking.

I was able to visit my favorite painting in their permanent collection called the “Broken Pitcher” by William Bouguereau.  My mother took me to this museum throughout my childhood and this one haunting picture of a young sad girl sitting at a well always entranced me.

Now, seeing it as  a grad student working towards my masters in painting, I can appreciate Bouguereau’s gift so much more.  The rendering of the form down to the details of the fingers and toes are amazing.

It is funny how the more I learn the less I realize I know.

Late Night Rendezvous

As for my 2010 dreams to go to Italy and to participate in the Wildflower sprint triathlon, I have my work cut out for me.

On a positive note, I have been walking and going to the gym.  On the not so positive side, I have yet to dip a single toe in the pool.

I have a little face submerging phobia to overcome along with a fear of others seeing me in a bathing suit.

There is much more work to do to make my Italy dream a reality. At the museum there was a small Monet painting of Venice that inspired me.

So now I am up to three spots I will have to visit- Rome, Florence and Venice. I am still brainstorming on ideas to raise the funds for this adventure.

With “Turkey Day” just around the corner, I am reminding myself to take time and recognize all I have to be thankful for.

Just a few I would like to  acknowledge include; I am thankful to be living in such a beautiful part of the world, my family, my best friend Jane, this support group and chocolate.

Happy Thanksgiving!


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Remy G

    Wendy, our late night snacks are very similar, but you actually use a glass. How formal. Hahaha.
    When I was in Italy 2 years ago, I couldn’t believe how emotional and inspiring it was to be in such a creative place. I can see anyone’s motivation to want to go there…its beautiful, full of culture and of course gelato. You’ll get there. I know it. Rem

  • LOVE this painting Wendy… like it how “Clover” looks like “Lover” here ;)

    I’m grateful for YOU and the chance to see your beautiful artwork here each week and support you in your dream… Can’t wait for you to paint in Italy (And hopefully for all of us to head there together at some point as a Dream Team!).


  • Rachel

    Love the picture you put up with this one. The color, the depth, some of the details that just make it (really nice job with the flutes of the candy cup, and the thick glass at the bottome of the glass of milk), and a subject with way more personality than most still lifes. Really nice work.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    LOL late night rendezvous – I think you could do a whole post about the story behind that painting!

    I am jealous – I love the Legion of Honor – we should make that an 8 Women Dream road trip!

    Happy Turkey day to you too!

  • Kim, the traveler

    That’s such a beautiful museum. A great place to give you inspiration. I love your style though, so unique. You’ll get to Italy!