Impressionism

Around Christsmas time our family went to see Claude Monet’s Water Lilly series at the Saint Louis Art Museum.  I was so glad we did it.  Dan and I both had a very different reaction to seeing the triptych in person.  We did both agree that it was very educational and enlightening, though.

Kinsley seemed to really enjoy it.


The art museum supplied us with educational folders on impressionist paintings.  The kids have begged to “do them” ever since our trip, so we took advantage of some nice weather last week to dabble in impressionism. 

We got all set up to paint the scene across the road from us.

We talked about the colors, and the way the light came through the trees.  Mostly I focused on the idea of the colors, just to see what the kids would come up with.

They set to work full of enthusiasm.

and painted…

and painted…

and painted…

Gillian and I provided moral support.
The end results were…

very impressive.

In case you don’t see it, there is a hippo in a pond, a fire, and a tree with fall leaves. 🙂

aromatherapy for a gray and cloudy day

Uplifting citrus blend for cloudy, housebound days
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Neroli
2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Lemon 

Geranium
strong smelling  with a floral aroma and a hint of mint, and when extracted from the Odorantissimum plant has a slight apple undertone, whereas the Graveolens oil has a rosier aroma.
effects on mind and body
relieves stress
uplifting
balancing
combats depression
eases pms
reduces anxiety
reduces tension

Neroli
Neroli oil has a sweet, floral and slightly haunting aroma, the color is pale yellow and the viscosity is watery.
 effects on mind and body:
relieves chronic anxiety
relieves depression
relieves fear
relieves shock and stress
antidepressant
antiseptic
antispasmodic
aphrodisiac
Bergamont
The scent of the oil is basically citrus, yet fruity and sweet, with a warm spicy floral quality and is reminiscent of neroli as well as lavender oil. The color ranges from green to greenish-yellow and the oil has a watery viscosity.
 effects on mind and body:
wards off depression
relieves SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder)
builds self-confidence
combats shyness
antiseptic
Grapefruit 
Grapefruit essential oil has a sharp refreshing smell and is either a pale yellow or light ruby color with a watery viscosity. Like all citrus oils, grapefruit oil should be used within six month of purchase.
 effects on mind and body:
combats muscle fatigue and stiffness
stimulates the lymphatic system
boosts digestion
eases headaches
relieves mental exhaustion 

Lemon
Lemon oil has a sharp, fresh smell, is pale greenish-yellow in color and is watery in viscosity. 

effects on mind and emotions:
relieves mental fatigue & improves mental clarity
reduces stress
balancing and calming
uplifting
reviving
sharpens the senses
energizing



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