Last Year, The Wallace Collection


Because last summer, she was reading Howard Jacobson’s The Act of Love, which is set mostly on London’s Great Russell Street (an antiquarian book dealer’s! Just across from the British Museum!) and The Wallace Collection, in July 2015 self went to see The Wallace Collection for the first time.

She asked a museum staffer if she knew where Fragonnard’s famous painting was.

“I know exactly,” said the staffer, without missing a beat (very much like the taxi driver who said, when self inquired if he knew St. Bride’s: “Of course! I’m a London cabbie!”). “She’s in the parlor, swinging away.”


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Abstract in Annaghmakerrig

Instead of seeing “specific objects and people,” focus on “shapes, compositions, and textures.”

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Here you go, lovelies: self’s abstracts for today, all pictures she took in her cottage at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.


Detail of Painting in Unit # 1, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig


Window of Unit # 1, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig


Shade Pull, Unit # 1, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

Stay tuned.

Other Takes on The Daily Post Photo Challenge “Abstract”

The Daily Post Photo Challenge ABSTRACT brings out all sorts of imagistic ideas and HOLY COW self has been having so much fun looking at other WordPress blogs on the same theme. Here are three that she looked at today that she particularly liked:


Landscapes 3: Two Actual, One Metaphorical

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is LANDSCAPE.

Self loves landscapes in general. So here are pictures of three:


Evening, Mendocino, March 2016


Evan Hobart’s Landscape of Clay: Mendocino Art Center, March 2016


Presbyterian Church, Mendocino, February 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Dance 2: What Makes People Want To Move

Is it just self or are The Daily Post Photo Challenges becoming more challenging? The theme of this week’s challenge is DANCE:

Below, Artist Janet Self at Oddfellows Art Gallery, Mendocino:


Artist Janet Self, standing next to her piece in the 2nd floor of Oddfellows art gallery in Mendocino, 2014

Below, one of self’s large collection of Christmas ornaments.


Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Final Picture: the Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 2014:


Cool Shoes: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



One Love 2: Daily Post Photo Challenge

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is ONE LOVE.

It has been pretty hard for self to find pictures that fit this theme, for some reason. She spent almost an hour combing through her archives before settling on these three photos.


Mendocino Village is All Bernie, All the Time


Just In Front of the Mendocino Art Center Gallery on Little Lake Street


What a Great Idea: Memorial Bench, Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco



Harmony 4: Outdoor Art & Evening on Main Street

Still focusing on this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: HARMONY.

This is a ceramic piece that hangs outside one of the metal-working sheds at the Mendocino Arts Center. Fish and sand and oceans.


Outdoor Art: Mendocino Art Center


Evening: Main Street, Mendocino, February 2016


Mendocino is # 1 for Whimsical Outdoor Art: Self spotted this on one of her walks.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Reading for the Day: “The Wild Swans,” Re-told by Amy Ehrlich

Hope to turn this into a modern AU.

In the meantime:


Susan Jeffers Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans”

These children were happy from the time they woke in the morning until they went to their beds at night. They never imagined another life.

Alas! Their mother, the Queen, dies. The King re-marries. During the wedding party, the new Queen

“gave them no cakes or baked apples to eat; all they were allowed was a bit of sand in a teacup.”

The evil stepmother sends Elise to the country to be raised by a farmer and turns her 11 brothers into wild swans. The swans fly to the farm and cry out mournfully to their sister but by the time she comes outside, they are gone. She stands there

“alone, playing with a green leaf, the one toy she had.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Harmony: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge, Week 10

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is HARMONY: “the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” So here are three attempts to illustrate the quality: the first two are examples of harmonies of color. The last is an example of harmony of shape.

First, an illustration from a child’s picture book: Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans,” illustrated by Susan Jeffers. The subject is Elise, lying in the forest. Her gown is green, and other shades of green are all around her:


A Susan Jeffers Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans”

Next, a handmade book by an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art Center, Mary-Ellen Campbell. Self loves the delicate (tonal) harmonies and shadings:


One of Mary-Ellen Campbell’s Handmade Books. She is having her own solo exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center, April 1 – 30, 2016.

Finally, from a quickie trip to Italy that self and her niece Irene took last November, the immortal La Serenisima, Venice:


San Marco Square, Venice, November 2015: The curves are repeated in the windows the lampposts, the round tables, the aluminum chairs, and the bowl of ice cream in the foreground.


State of Mind 3

Self took this picture yesterday. She was walking to Corners of the Mouth Organic Market because she ran out of coffee. She bought $22 worth, and the salesperson remarked, “That’s a lot of coffee.” Self responded, “No. Not really.” That was about a lb. and a half. Which is, seriously, not a whole lot.


Evening, Mendocino Village. State of Mind = SERENE.

Every year, for the past several years, self has devoted herself to re-telling one folk tale, fairy tale, or Bible story. Last year, it was “Noah’s Ark” (Her version is published in Local Nomad and is called, simply, “The Ark”).

This year, self is focusing on the fairy tale “Wild Swans.”

She was with Mary-Ellen Campbell a few days ago, chatting about her story, when Mary-Ellen told her that she made a book about swans. Self went trotting off behind Mary-Ellen to her studio. And. Holy. Cow. Isn’t that the most fantastic-looking book EVER?


Mary-Ellen Campbell’s Swan Book. State of Mind = ENCHANTED. Mary-Ellen is having a solo exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center, 42500 Little Lake Street, April 1 – 30, 2016.


The View From Main Street, Mendocino Village. State of Mind = AWE-STRUCK.

Just across the street is the fabulous Gallery Bookshop. Self will be there for the annual authors event, Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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