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.

 

 

 

Matthew Park Imagines “The Freeze”

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Depth: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is DEPTH.

As self understands the prompt, it’s to post pictures that project a sense of volume, or space. Since self is in Mendocino, here are three pictures she took during her daily peregrinations around town. Hopefully, all three imply the existence of a larger space.

Self taking a shot of the outside of the Textile Artists Studio at the MAC

Self taking a shot of the outside of the Textile Artists Studio at the MAC

View of the Mendocino Headlands from Main Street

View of the Mendocino Headlands from Main Street

The Mendocino Hotel's Front Parlor

The Mendocino Hotel’s Front Parlor

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Express Yourself 4: More Artists!

One of the most interesting artists self has ever met is Kim Thoman, who comes every January to the Mendocino Art Center to incubate new work. (Just thought of using that word “incubate” — Haaa, Self likes it!)

In the few weeks she’d been in Mendocino, she’d filled up the walls of her studio, and began using the floor. Self was in deep anxiety that her klutzy ways would end up making her step (inadvertently) on one of these pieces. Here’s one of those “floor” pieces:

Kim Thoman's Work-in-Progress

Kim Thoman’s Work-in-Progress

The other fabulous artist self got to know here is Mary Ellen Campbell. She drove to Mendocino from her home in New York State, with that kayak strapped to the top of her car. She’s been here since September:

Mary Ellen Campbell's fabulous kayak (strapped to the top of her car) goes everywhere she goes.

Mary Ellen Campbell’s fabulous kayak (strapped to the top of her car) goes everywhere she goes.

Finally, something from the home of self’s childhood friend, Connie Ignacio Genato, which is — yup, uh-huh, self’s feelings exactly:

This angel sits right next to framed pictures of family and friends in Connie Ignacio Genato's home in southern California.

This angel sits right next to framed pictures of family and friends in Connie Ignacio Genato’s home in southern California.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ceiling Light (With Etched Glass Shade), Mendocino

The ceiling light directly above self’s bed fascinates her. She can’t help staring right up at it whenever she starts getting ready for bed.

She ended up taking a few pictures of it, yesterday:

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DSCN8439Stay tuned.

Express Yourself: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

EXPRESS YOURSELF is this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

Since self is doing a residency at the Mendocino Art Center, she thought it would be a good idea to focus on the different forms of artistic expression practiced by her fellow artists-in-residence.

One of them, Mary Ellen Campbell, has a piece in this just-published anthology!

Mary Ellen is a multi-genre artist. Her mixed-media pieces are in the Mendocino Art Center Gallery.

Just Published! An Anthology by Child-Free Women of the 60s in their 60s

Just Published! An Anthology by Child-Free Women of the 60s in their 60s

And there are ceramic artists (like the two who live right next door to self: Mitch and Jessie)

Four artists share this studio in the Mendocino Art Center. These pots were created by Mitch Iburg, who hails from Iowa.

Four artists share this studio in the Mendocino Art Center. These pots were created by Mitch Iburg, who hails from Iowa.

As well as visual artists like Kim Thoman who don’t fall easily into any category (Well, neither does Mary Ellen). Self had dinner with Kim one night, and listening to Kim explain her process was like listening to self’s former Stanford Prof David Nivison discuss Zen Buddhism and the Tao of “Nothingness.” Brilliant. Just. Brilliant.

Visual Artist Kim Thoman's Studio at the Mendocino Art Center: Kim comes to Mendocino every January to work on her art.

Visual Artist Kim Thoman’s Studio at the Mendocino Art Center: Kim comes to Mendocino every January to work on her art.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Serenity 3: Mendocino Walks

Everything about Mendocino is about serenity.

Masonic Temple, Lansing Street, Mendocino (The building was begun in 1866, finally completed 1873)

Masonic Temple, Lansing Street, Mendocino (The building was begun in 1866, finally completed 1873)

Ceramic Art by Mitch Iburg, Fellow Artist-in-Residence (He and Jessie occupy the apartment right next to self's)

Ceramic Art by Mitch Iburg, Fellow Artist-in-Residence (He and Jessie occupy the apartment right next to self’s)

Evening from Self's Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Evening from Self’s Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

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