"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Kansas City Public Library

Joseph has been visiting this week, and today we finally got in to Kansas City, MO.  We went to the Kansas City Public Library, which I have been wanting to visit.  It is in a great old building that was originally the First National Bank of Kansas built in 1906.

I was delighted to find an exhibit there, Fred Geary:  Missouri Master of the Woodcut.  I've never heard of Geary before, but enjoyed looking at his work.  Since I've been working so much with color--and reading Betty Edward's Color Theory, I was struck by the art of black and white.  The pattern of light and dark is perfectly orchestrated in his prints.  Look at these steamboats--to make one a night scene, the boat goes black, not the sky.

 One of my favorites was a New Orleans street scene.


  1. Hi Jeneen:) What a nice building to put a library in! And what a nice (pencil?) drawings. Not only white and black but so many stages in between. Beautiful!

  2. What a gorgeous building! And the values in the woodcut are fantastic. Very inspiring.
    Happy Painting.