Vibrant 4: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 5

The past week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VIBRANT. Self has been having so much fun with it. In the past week, she’s posted pictures of Mendocino and Venice. Now, she’s posting photographs she took during an exhibit of Chinese artists that she and her niece, Irene, saw when we were in Florence, November 2015.

The weather was glorious: it never rained. And Florence, self doesn’t need to tell dear blog readers, is enchanting.

We got ourselves a Museum Card (Would you believe, there are 64 museums in Florence?).

As we were walking towards the Duomo on one of our earliest days in Florence, we noticed this museum and went inside.

Now, self can no longer remember which museum it was, but there was an exhibition of Chinese paintings which totally blew self away: International Tour of the Works of the Twelfth China National Exhibition of Fine Arts.

The oil painting below is called “Scenery with Six-Tusked Elephant.” The artist is Lin Jianfeng.

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Lin Jianfeng, Artist From China: Seen on the International Tour of Chinese National Artists, November 2015, Florence

The second painting, self has featured on this blog before. It is by Liu Kongxi: “Hello, Birch Forest: The Records of Youth (No. 18):

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“Hello, Birch Forest: The Records of Youth (No. 18)” by Liu Kongxi

And the last painting: Wang Ke’s “Passing on Lamp”

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Wang Ke’s “Passing on Lamp”

As Jen H. says on The Daily Post, “Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.”

Self thinks these three paintings do fit the bill.

Stay tuned.

Vibrant: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 5

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VIBRANT.

And oh, how self loves any Photo Challenge that has to do with color.

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How green is the grass after much rain!

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This vibrant sunflower blooms year-round in front of the Mendocino Art Center Gallery.

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Art on New York City’s High Line: Self walked it on a gloomy December day; few people about. Colors really popped.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

ALPHABET 4 (2016 Daily Post WordPress Photo Challenge # 3)

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First Friday, Laurel Street, Fort Bragg: February 2015

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Entrance to Buddhist Temple, Mendocino Village

The Final Post on TRIOS: the New Whitney Museum, Cork, the Lake at Annaghmakerrig

It is the day after Thanksgiving. Snap out of your food comas, everyone!

Self must say, this year’s Thanksgiving was brilliant. Self ate more than she’s ever eaten in her life. Her friend was up at 6 a.m. because she and her daughter are going to the mall. But self has an on-line class to get caught up on, so she chose to stay behind.

Before delving into her student pieces, however, self peruses her archives so that she can make one last post on WordPress Photo Challenge this week:  TRIO.

Self took the first picture in a museum she considers one of the best in the entire world: The new Whitney Museum. On exhibit right now: a retrospective on Frank Stella.

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On the 6th Floor of the New Whitney Museum (Didn’t take down the name of the artist, boo)

The second picture is from one of self’s happy places: Café Paradiso in Cork, Ireland.

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From a Book on Dublin-born Artist Sean Scully, which was in Self’s Room in Café Paradiso, Cork

And finally, a picture of the Mother of All Happy Places, a place that signifies peace, happiness, mindfulness, inspiration: the lake in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.

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3 Metal Bars Sticking out of the Lake in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

More Trios in Florence

Lovely, lovely Florence.

Self encountered the city for the first time, early this month.

Today, self is browsing through her photo archives to find pictures that fit this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: TRIO.

The first picture is the display window of a bakery that faces out onto Piazza della Repubblica. Look at the piles of pastry on the three plates! In Florence, self was able to indulge her sweet tooth to the max!

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Florentine Bakery Near the Piazza della Repubblica

According to the tourist brochures, Florence has 62 museums. Niece got the idea of purchasing a 3-day Firenze card, which lets you into any of the museums, free of charge, for 72 hours (Be advised: They calculate down to the very last minute: say, you purchase the card at 10:56 a.m., it will expire at exactly 10:56 a.m., three days later.)

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Three columns in some museum or other (Self will add the name as soon as she has a little more time to browse through her notes from the trip)

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Approaching the Uffizi Gallery on the Piazza della Signoria: The front loggia boasts three arches!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Trio: WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is TRIO.

The image posted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands on The Daily Post is a picture of three buttes jutting out of the arid landscape of Monument Valley. Magnificent!

Here are some of self’s takes on TRIO:

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New York City MOMA Sculpture Garden: There are three painted figures in this art installation. (Possibly, there are more, but from this angle, only three were visible. Which is great because she could then include the photograph in this post!)

Regular readers of this blog know that, in early November, self went to Florence with her niece. The weather was amazing, barely any rain.

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View of Florence from the Palazzo Vecchio’s Arnulfo Tower: See the three structures towering over the city’s rooftops?

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One morning, while self and her niece were walking towards the Uffizi Gallery, we passed a Biblioteca and decided to explore. The Biblioteca turned out to house hundreds and hundreds of opera librettos.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Treat 2: Florence!

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is TREAT:

  • Maybe you’re a savory food lover, or you’ve gone on a beautiful vacation to treat yourself. Perhaps some quiet time alone with a beloved novel is your greatest treasure.

As luck would have it, self is traveling again. And self does love traveling. It is one of her greatest passions.

This time, she is traveling with her niece Irene, who’s from Glendale, California. It was Irene who proposed the trip, something of a first for self!

Today was our first full day in Florence. We walked all over the city. Irene has tons of energy! We also picked up a Firenze Card which, according to Irene, gains us entry into 62 museums.

But, honestly, who wants to go to 62 museums???

This is the first time self has ever done anything like this, though, so what the hey! She is being very “Zen” about everything.

Found a tiny restaurant overlooking the Arno River and tried some Florentine beer: very mellow!

Found a tiny restaurant overlooking the Arno River and tried some Florentine beer: very mellow!

It was a gorgeous, sunny day. Warm, almost like spring!

Overlooking the Arno River. There were lots of boaters out today!

Overlooking the Arno River. There were lots of boaters out today!

We stumbled on this piazza lined with statues, just off the Uffizi Gallery:

We stumbled upon this square by accident, and -- Whoa! Irene met a cute carabinieri!

We stumbled upon this square almost by accident, while heading for the Arno River. And — Whoa! Irene met a handsome carabinieri!

Someone had told Irene that November in Florence wouldn’t be as crowded as it gets in other months. But it was still crowded.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Careful 3: Borderlands, San Francisco; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; a Street in Cork, Ireland

Selection requires care. Here’s a shelf of staff picks from Borderlands, a science fiction and fantasy bookstore on Valencia Street in San Francisco:

Borderlands, San Francisco: Staff Picks

Borderlands, San Francisco: Staff Picks

Another example of CAREFUL: Alexander Calder’s whimsical miniature “Circus”, at the Whitney Museum of Art near New York’s High Line. All art requires care. Calder’s miniatures are tops in this regard:

The pieces move. A video accompanying the exhibit shows how.

The pieces move. A video accompanying the exhibit shows how.

Cork, Ireland: Self loves this particular street, only a block or so from the bookstore Vibes and Scribes. Ireland is justifiably proud of its rich literary heritage. Faces of the greats adorn the side of a building on a small side street:

Great Irish writers, commemmorated on a mural in the beautiful city of Cork

Great Irish writers, commemorated on a mural in the beautiful city of Cork

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Careful: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is CAREFUL:

SHOW US SOMETHING CAREFUL — A PHOTO TAKEN WITH CARE, A PERSON BEING CAREFUL, OR A TASK OR DETAIL REQUIRING CARE.

First: Can you believe the drapery on this statue? Self doesn’t know who the sculptor is. She’ll find out, though. And when she does, she’ll post it here.

Close-Up Detail of a Statue in the Greek and Roman Antiquities Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Close-Up Detail of a Statue in the Greek and Roman Antiquities Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Here’s something else done with care: a dessert from a small Mom & Pop Filipino restaurant in Queens:

Swimming in a Sea of Condensed Milk: MY Kind of Dessert!

Swimming in a Sea of Condensed Milk: Self’s Kind of Dessert!

Finally: Food is love. You didn’t know that? Clearly, you have not LIVED!

Self will say again: Food is Love.

Here, from self’s favorite food nest in London, Chez Mamie on a little alley she stumbled across while trying to make it to the West End to watch a play:

The food at Chez Mamie is cooked by a mother-daughter team from Belgium.

The food at Chéz Mamie is cooked by a mother-daughter team from Belgium. Going a day without dinner at Chéz Mamie: perish the thought! It was self’s little home away from home.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 3: Dublin, Annaghmakerrig, Mendocino

Boundaries define shape.

Here’s an example of a square boundary:

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art

And here’s a more run-of-the-mill boundary: a fence. The fence in question is in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig:

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

And yet another fence, this one at the border of a field in the village of Mendocino, California:

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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