summer tales and dreams

"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" by John Singer Sargent
“Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” by John Singer Sargent

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.
~ William Shakespeare
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

18 thoughts on “summer tales and dreams”

  1. Such a beautiful painting, to be young and innocent again. And I’ve never read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there’s so much I haven’t read. I have a list of classics I want to read that is getting longer every day….

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Natalie! “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a play so it might be more fun to see it performed than to read it! Sometimes when I see the play I hear a line and then search for it so I can quote it – Shakespeare has so many pithy observations!

  2. Beautiful glowing words and thoughts that seem to have lit up those Chinese lanterns. This is one of my favorite Sargeant paintings – I love that the flowers tower over the children, as they stand in a fairy-ring of tall grasses.

    1. It is an especially enchanting painting… I loved being a child about that age and loved it when my kids were that age, when it was all about exploring and imagining and being in the moment…

  3. Its a beautiful one, Barbara! Your blog has got such fabulous paintings, I can imagine the ambience at your house! peaceful and blissful. Have a bright day!! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sonali! I do have a lot of art on my walls at home, a few prints of my favorites by famous artists, but mostly original art by friends and family, which mean the most to me. Some folks are the creators – lots of artists in both our families – and others of us are the collectors! 🙂

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