The Veil, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1898.
What a lovely painting. I remember in school how the academics turned their noses up at painters like Ingres and Bouguereau. They called Bouguereau overly sentimental. The professors were more in favor of the impressionists and all the major movements to come afterwards.
It's unfortunate when art becomes about doing something different for the sake of novelty. It sort of reminds me of what happened to the Mass, don't you think?
But back to the painting. The painting speaks about light and dark, the white of the veil against the dark greens trees. I'm thinking it appears to be late afternoon on a summer day. There's a certain playfulness in her gesture, as if she is playing peek-a-boo with her veil. It's as if she were peeking out from inside a tent. The tilt of her head and the movement of the hands suggests a certain welcoming to the viewer.
Like a tent: I know some women have told me they felt this way about their veils at the Mass. I have, too. I put on the veil and its purpose is to cover me and direct my focus on the Lord. Somehow these little pieces of lace can do that for us as women. Maybe in part it's because this is the one place we wear them; before the Blessed Sacrament.
I'm not measuring anything. My mother always told me "use what you have", and it's good advice. If you don't have bacon, leave it out. If you don't have consomme, use boullion. You get the idea, I'm sure.
What makes a meal delicious is the love and time you put into it. That and experience.
But if you have it, fry some bacon in your skillet, then add it to the slow cooker. Save a little of the grease, because it's good for sauteing the next few ingredients.
Here's a YouTube vlogger I really enjoy. You may know of her channel, because it isn't new. But if you've never seen her videos, I think you'll enjoy them.
As a young women Clara made it through difficult times during the Great Depression with her family. I think she offers encouragement to anyone who wonders about the future and whatever difficulties we may face therein by keeping a sense of humor and by not wanting too much.