Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Colors of Your Flag

Cee Neuner explains:

  • This week the topic is Colors of Your Flag. Your flag can include: Country, State, or Providence colors. If you feel comfortable, please say which flag you are showing,

Self’s flag is red, white, and blue. She is a dual citizen of America and the Philippines.

Joan Mitchell at SFMOMA, October 2021

Below: red and blue parasols, white walls, and yellow napkins — red, white, blue and yellow are the colors of the Philippine flag.

Luna Red, Chorro St., San Luis Obispo

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 16: Frida Kahlo-Themed

Still playing catch-up with the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao.

Such a fun challenge, self is so happy whenever she gets to post.

Happened to be at the local car-wash, and was amused by some Frida Kahlo items:

These Diego and Frida Christmas ornaments were in the SFMOMA Store:

And finally, further proof (if proof were needed) that Frida Kahlo’s influence is worldwide, these socks were on sale at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK:

Self’s personal favorite is the Frida Kahlo pillow.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 13: the Robinson Jeffers Tor House and Hawk Tower, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Still playing catch-up with the PPAC Challenge! Self spent last weekend in Carmel. One of the main purposes for the visit — aside from meeting an aunt she hadn’t seen in 20 years! — was seeing Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House, which had just re-opened for tours. Self is a lover of gardens, and the garden of the Tor House has been featured in several gardening books she owns.

To get to it from the north (the San Francisco Bay Area), you take 101 south, then 85, then 17 north, and finally pass through Salinas. Driving the 25 miles through Salinas to the Carmel turn-off will take almost an hour, because this area has perennial stop-and-go traffic. You will see fields, many fields! All in all, the drive took self almost 3 hours. She arrived about 15 minutes before the 1 p.m. tour she’d signed up for.

The tour of house and tower takes about an hour. Our guide was David, and he was really good. It will make you weep when you learn that Jeffers bought his lot for something like $200.

The views from Hawk Tower, right next to the house, are spectacular. Watch your step, the stairs are very narrow.

To think Robinson Jeffers built the house and tower all by himself! Tours cost $12.

The house is truly unique. Don’t miss, if you’re in the area.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 12: Gardens & Art

Self is waaaaay behind but she’s still manfully posting. Someday she will catch up.

For this PPAC Challenge, self wanted to focus on outdoor art.

Stanford campus is full of outdoor art, but this one, in a grove of oak trees near the entrance to the Anderson Collection, really spoke to her.

Reaching Toward Warmer Suns by Kiyan Williams

This one’s just outside the de Young Museum café, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She doesn’t know who the artists are. An interview with the designer of the sculpture garden talks about the concept of the design, but not the individual artists whose works are pictured, which is a crying shame.

Finally, a little garden shed in a very wee garden store in Woodside. Self will just keep the name of the store to herself for now, but it’s been featured in Architectural Digest, and ever since then, it’s been impossible to find parking, unless you go right at store opening.

Sea of Images 2021

November Black or Grey: Ruth Asawa

Self was looking for more Black and Grey for Life in Colour’s November Challenge. Looking through her archive, she came across a set of photos she took when she was at the de Young last summer, to see the Judy Chicago exhibit.

She was with the artist Mary-Ellen Campbell, who makes gorgeous travel watercolors and collages, and discovered the Ruth Asawa pieces in the de Young’s permanent collection.

Life in Colour Challenge: November Black or Gray

Here’s what host Travel Words says about the colours selected for the November Life in Colour challenge:

  • This month we will be looking for Black or Grey. Black is not a colour at all. Theoretically it is the absence of all colour. Yet black is distinctive. Lines are bolder, shadows deeper, colours brighter against a black background.

Below, self’s Black or Grey gallery:

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge: Downtown Mural

Someone painted the most fabulous murals on the buildings downtown. Too bad all the murals face a somewhat seedy parking lot.

Nevertheless, self thought this one, on the building housing a woman’s clothing store, Pickled, would be appropriate for Cee Neuner’s FOTD.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) #11: Murals

YAY! Self went out this morning with her camera, determined to find something for the Photographing Public Art Challenge. She had a particular destination in mind: a clump of murals facing a downtown parking lot which is usually crammed with cars and people, impeding her access to the art.

This morning, there were a few cars, but she was able to keep them to a small part of the photograph.

Each mural represents the business the building houses: Crouching Tiger is a Chinese restaurant; the black mural building houses City Pub; Pickled is a women’s clothing store, and so forth.

JB’s Art Project, A LITTLE LIFE

So moved was he by the work of Lee Lozano that for his midterm project, he decided to perform an homage to her entitled Decide to Boycott White People (After Lee Lozano), in which he stopped talking to all white people.

A Little Life, p. 59

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