“I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem Lovely As A Tree. . .”

This is the station where I would get off the train to go to the museum.

This is the station where I would get off the train to go to the museum.

When I was a young girl,  growing up in Brooklyn NY, I rode the Utica Avenue trolley car (and later, on the bus when trolleys no longer ran) up to Eastern Parkway.  That’s where I went down into the subway station where the IRT (Interboro Rapid Transit) line ran.  I took it to the Brooklyn Museum, where, every Saturday morning, I took art lessons.

I remember the art teacher always urged the class to “feel” the subjects we were observing, and just let the lines flow.

One time, we were in the rotunda, overlooking a round stage below us.  Dancers were performing; they wore flowing skirts and their movements were very fluid.  We were experimenting with “conte” crayon.  A light brown square crayon that looked almost like charcoal or pastels, but was more dense (not as fragile) and was a little oily.  That’s how I remember it.  And it was easy to use – it “flowed” on the heavyweight art pages.

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Another time, in the Spring, when the weather was balmy and sunny, the class was taken to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – next door to the museum.  We were introduced to the Japanese Gardens.  And I was introduced to my favorite of all places.  It was so peaceful, and I breathed it all in.  The beauty!  A new world appeared before me.  Bushes, bridges over water, still ponds, lily pads, colors.

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It was difficult to take it all in.  In my young age, I had not experienced anything like that on which my eyes feasted.  And the best of all:  the trees.

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After I no longer went to the museum for art classes, I still would take the IRT to the Eastern Parkway station and, with my pastels and art pad, I would meander through the gardens and put colors to paper and draw my heart out!

 

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12 responses to ““I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem Lovely As A Tree. . .”

  1. I didn’t know you took art classes. I enjoyed this blog immensely with the beautiful photos and memories of a young girl taking In beauty.

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  2. I wish you still had some of those drawings – I would love to see them! The Japanese Gardens are beautiful – I remember going to them on several class trips. They were always the most enchanted place to visit. An extra bonus was the discovery of tadpoles in the pond!

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  3. Such great beauty~

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    • Yes. Those living in Brooklyn NY have this gorgeous peaceful haven to enter as they wish!

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      • I loved all my my trips there when we were still in Connecticut~
        I used to make this poor CT Yankee take me to Brooklyn to get a White Castle.
        It was 110 miles each way.
        He had no idea!!
        We did not have them in Ca. and I grew up with them in Indiana.
        The people there were so nice each time.

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        • Wow! That is a long trip for a White Castle burger – er – burgers. You couldn’t eat just one. Ha. My first husband loved those square one or two bite burgers. The onions are what made them so tasty. I never met a fan of White Castle before. Welcome to that special group!

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        • I grew up in Indy with an Uncle who brought bags of them every time he came to our house.
          I never had a chance!!
          My Yankee does not get it, but will eat them when I do, which is now very seldom.
          Sigh~

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        • I also loved White Castle burgers (and also those messy cheese fries!) Would go to one in Queens when I lived in Manhattan. There was also one on Hempstead Turnpike on Long Island I would frequent. Oh boy – could use one or two right now!

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