Loving Vincent


This week I received three suggestions for the library’s Fall Movie Challenge, which I chose “Groundbreaking” for my challenge. One of the films chosen for me was Loving Vincent, an animated film that investigates the end of Vincent Vah Gogh’s life.

The film was made from Van Gogh’s paintings and oil paintings inspired by his style. It’s a visual feast. The story is engaging. The hero is a young man whose father was a good friend of Van Gogh’s and the village postman. The father sends his son on a mission to take a letter of Van Gogh’s to the artist’s brother Theo. Soon the hero learns that Theo is dead so now the hero doesn’t know what to do with the letter and embarks on a journey to discover what exactly happened to Van Gogh at his death.

The film then goes back and forth in time  with black and white flashbacks of what took place at the time of Van Gogh’s death and shows how murky the the interpretation of what really happened is.

With Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson of Poldark, Chris O’Dowd of Moone Boy and Saoirse Ronan, the film stars Douglas Booth, who was new to me, but who does a great job as a stubborn young man learning to figure out life as he puzzles out what to do about this letter from a dead man to his dead brother.

Below there’s a short video on how they made this groundbreaking film.

American Toby Jug Museum

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As part of the Open House Chicago 2018 event, I discovered the American Toby Jug Museum. I had no idea what a Toby Jug was and learned that:

A Toby Jug is a figural ceramic pitcher modeled in the form of a popular character, historical, fictional or generic. It can be a person or animal. The original Tobies date back to the 1760’s. The first Tobies, made in the form of a seated jovial, stout man dressed in the attire of the period, wearing a tri-corn hat, puffing on a pipe and holding a mug of ale (stingo), are referred to as “Ordinary Tobies.” The tricorn hat forms a pouring spout and a handle is attached to the rear. Many derivations of the original Toby Jug have evolved over two and one-half centuries, most notably into the Character Jug. Mullins, 2006)

The museum’s collection consists of thousands of jugs, mugs and even umbrella stands in the shape of people, animals, fish, birds and more. They’re charming with a dash of kitsch.

Steven Mullins became an avid collector aver getting introduced to Toby jugs while at summer camp. Currently there are over 8,000 items in the museum including jugs that look like royalty, Shakespearean characters, the Beatles, scientists, U.S. Presidents, cartoon characters, athletes, mythical figures, dictators, etc. I’m so glad that Open House Chicago 2018 helped me discover these jugs.

I see that you can buy Toby jugs on eBay for as little as $15. Some are priced up to $1200, but I don’t see the need to pay that much.

The museum is open Weds – Friday and the first and third Saturday of the month. It’s a block north of the Main St. CTA station and there’s metered street parking.

Reference

Mullins, S. (2006). Toby Jugs. Retrieved from https://www.tobyjugmuseum.com/toby-jugs on October 15, 2018.)

Sepia Saturday

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I went in search of plein air painting, but there wasn’t all that much online. I couldn’t find many photos.  So I used one from a John Singer Sargent exhibit I recently saw at the Art Institute and the only photo I found on Flickr Commons. For more, Sepia Saturday responses, click here.

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By John Singer Sargent

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Smithsonian, ca 1920 via Flickr Commons

Which Way Challenge

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This week I’m sharing some stairs and doors. The top two are in New York and the last one’s from Lincoln Park, Chicago.

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s very free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.

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Join the fun. Share some directionally oriented photos and link to Sonofthebeach69 so we can find them. Include the image below.

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