Afloat 4: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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Self went to the Walker Art Center today. It was a beautiful day — warm! When she was reaching for her wallet to pay the entrance fee, the woman stopped her and said people attending the AWP writing conference received free museum admission.

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Unfortunately, she doesn’t know the name of the artist who was responsible for this particular installation. She’ll look through the Walker Art Center website when she has a little more time.

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Look carefully: each bubble has a different design.

Robert Motherwell, "Untitled"

Robert Motherwell, “Untitled”

Self took a picture of this Motherwell painting because it really does seem to float out from the white wall. There is something so inscrutable about Motherwell’s paintings. It’s as if he’s constantly challenging the viewers to say: “What’s this about?” Motherwell cheekily left a corner of the painting white.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur 4: Self’s Head Is Still in Winter

It had been decades since self had ridden on Amtrak. But when she lived in New York City, and her sister was still taking her MBA in Wharton, she used to take trains all the time.

Last month, she visited one of her sister’s closest friends, Kathleen Burkhalter, who is now Mrs. David Bell and lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was officially spring, but the landscape was still snowy.

View From the Train Heading from New York (Penn Station) to Providence, RI

View From the Train Heading from New York (Penn Station) to Providence, RI

When self lived in New York, she started out sharing the basement of a house in Flushing, then moved to a sublet on 8th and First. She loved New York with a passion.

Returning last month, she saw her first heavy snowfall in decades. The snow coated the sidewalks, the streets, the trees in Central Park.

Trees, Central Park, March 2015

Trees, Central Park, March 2015

Finally, Bjork’s Swan Dress.

Self managed to catch the Bjork retrospective at the NY Museum of Modern Art.

What.A.Fascinating.Exhibit.

Self took many pictures of the dress. But since this week’s Photo Challenge theme is BLUR, she picked one of the blurry ones:

The Infamous Swan Dress, the Bjork Retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art, March 2015

The Infamous Swan Dress, the Bjork Retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art, March 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wall 4: St. Thomas Church and MoMA, New York City

“Much can be revealed from the items on a wall . . . “

WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge: WALL

Can an altar be considered a wall? Self hopes so. She discovered this beautiful old church as she was walking along Fifth Avenue, somewhere in the 50s.

St. Thomas Episcopalian Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City

St. Thomas Episcopalian Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City

Self spent most of the day in the Museum of Modern Art, somewhere between Fifth and Avenue of the Americas. Keeping this theme’s photo challenge — WALL — in mind, she took pictures of the huge painting hanging in the main lobby.

Main Lobby, Museum of Modern Art

Main Lobby, Museum of Modern Art

Still the Main Lobby of the Museum of Modern Art

More of the Main Lobby of the Museum of Modern Art

She didn’t intend to include the people milling about, but let’s face it: self is fascinated by crowds.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Wall: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is WALL.

As the prompt on The Daily Post states:

Share an image of a wall that reveals something about a place, or a people, or you.

Here are some examples of notable walls self has taken pictures of in the recent past:

Mural, Egghead's Restaurant, Fort Bragg

A few days ago: Had breakfast in Egghead’s Restaurant, Fort Bragg, and took a picture of this wall mural.

This is Bones, a graffiti artist. He's standing in front of his latest creation, in a gallery on Laurel Street in Fort Bragg.

Karen Bowers of the Mendocino Art Center invited self to go gallery-hopping in Fort Bragg, a monthly ritual called “First Friday.” This is Bones, a graffiti artist. He’s standing in front of his latest creation, in a gallery on Laurel Street.

One other mural by graffiti artist Bones.

One other mural by graffiti artist Bones.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Orange 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Laundry Day! Which meant self had to bring some books downstairs with her, to read while she waited for her clothes to dry.

The book she chose today was The Annotated Brothers Grimm, edited with a preface and notes by Maria Tatar.

The illustrations in this book are simply gorgeous.

Since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ORANGE, self decided to take pictures of the illustrations that had the warmest orange glow:

Maxfield Parrish illustration of Sleeping Beauty, published in a 1912 issue of Collier's Magazine

Maxfield Parrish illustration of Sleeping Beauty, published in a 1912 issue of Collier’s Magazine

Warwick Goble, Illustration for The Six Swans: "The Queen cast spells on six shirts and threw them over the six boys, who were instantly transformed into wild swans . . . "

Warwick Goble, Illustration for The Six Swans: “The Queen cast spells on six shirts and threw them over the six boys, who were instantly transformed into wild swans . . . “

Warwick Goble, Illustration for Little Red Riding Hood

Warwick Goble, Illustration for Little Red Riding Hood

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Orange You Glad It’s Photo Challenge Time?

This week, share a group of photos where orange is either the dominant color, or provides a bold highlight. — WordPress The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Self decided to go with the Orange as Highlight. Without further ado:

Gallery-Hopping, First Friday, Fort Bragg

Gallery-Hopping, First Friday, Fort Bragg

A Fort Bragg Gallery Dedicated to the Graffiti Art of one man, who goes by "Bones"

A Fort Bragg Gallery Dedicated to the Graffiti Art of one man, who goes by “Bones”

The artist’s full name is Bones Graffix. His number is painted on the window facing the street:

Graffiti Art in Downtown Fort Bragg, Last Night

Graffiti Art in Downtown Fort Bragg, Last Night

There are sufficient splashes of orange in the above pictures to conform to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: ORANGE. Wouldn’t you agree, dear blog readers?

Further from The Daily Post Photo Challenge Prompt:

“What’s not to love about orange? It’s vibrant. It’s cheerful. It makes a statement.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Symmetry 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Met a couple of interesting artists at the Codex International Book Fair, held at the Port of Richmond last week.

Here’s the work of one of them, Gisella Mott, from Hamburg, Germany. She illustrated a tale from the Brothers Grimm:

An illustration by German artist Gisela Mott, of a tale from the Brothers Grimm

Symmetry of Creatures: An illustration by German artist Gisella Mott, of a tale from the Brothers Grimm

Here are Gisella’s arms, holding open the picture book so that self could see the illustrations better:

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The last picture is of a very utilitarian room: the laundry room of the Mendocino Art Center. There are two matching cups, which means: symmetry of function and form!

Shelves, Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

Shelves, Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Scale 3: Bird, Deck, Sunflower

A baby in a King Cake inspired this week’s WordPress Daily Photo Challenge: SCALE. Self finds the pictures that accompany the prompt so amusing!

Not sure whether self’s own pictures project SCALE exactly. But anyhoo.

Below: the bird is larger than the silhouette of San Francisco

The Seagull: Port of Richmond, 12 February 2015

The Seagull: Port of Richmond, 12 February 2015

Below: a deck jutting into the bay dwarfs the buildings across the bay.

Port of Richmond: Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2015)

Port of Richmond: Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2015)

And finally, this is a bit of a visual joke: the sunflower is easily the largest plant in the garden in front of the Mendocino Art Center.

Giant Sunflower (made out of metal): Mendocino Art Center

Giant Sunflower (made out of metal): Mendocino Art Center

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Scale 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

WordPress Daily Post Photo ChallengeSCALE

“This week, play with scale. Insert something into a scene to highlight size: your two-year-old in a field of flowers. A dime next to a huge cinnamon roll you picked up at the bakery.”

First, Mendocino houses, the sky at sunset:

Sunset, Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Sunset, Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Flowers in the Redwood City Farmers Market:

Flower Stand, Redwood City Farmers Market (The vendor's stall is that white tent behind the flowers)

Flower Stand, Redwood City Farmers Market (The vendor’s stall is that white tent behind the flowers)

Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

"Smoke" by Tony Smith, in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Smoke” by Tony Smith, in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Depth 4: Looking for Depth and Finding These

The etchings on the surface of the pot, and the open book = metaphors. For Depth. Right?

The etchings on the surface of the pot, and the open book = metaphors. For Depth. Right? Self took this picture in the laundry room of the Mendocino Art Center. Blustery day, perfect for doing laundry.

Strange Fish! Nestling in the garden in front of the Mendocino Art Center

Strange Fish! Nestling among the leaves in the garden in front of the Mendocino Art Center (In the green depths and so forth etc)

Depths of Depravity: Self has been known to eat a whole quart of ice cream in one sitting. As she did in Ojai.

Depths of Depravity: Self has been known to eat a whole quart of ice cream in one sitting. As she did in Ojai.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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