Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 5: Mendocino Art Center

Self is still playing catch-up with the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao (It’s now up to #7).

For her post today, self is looking back at the time she taught writing at the Mendocino Art Center. She did that for a few years. It was A LOT of fun.

The Center, on Little Lake Street, houses artists across genre: textile artists, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers. The front garden and the buildings are packed with visual art:

Season of Agapanthus and Plums

Self is leery of an awful neighbor who’s been marching up and down with a leaf blower. But the agapanthus in the backyard are glorious! They’re growing right next to her plum tree.

She’s posting this for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Agapanthus

It’s been a few weeks since self posted to Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge, but all self’s agapanthus are in bloom now, so here you go!

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 4

Self hasn’t been consistent in posting to this challenge, as she’s been on a road trip. She’s so glad she had time today. It really is one of her favorite Photo Challenges. Thanks so much to Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao for co-hosting this challenge.

For this post, she decided to focus on store window displays.

Store Window # 1: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Store Window # 2: Dublin Ink, Temple Bar, Dublin

Store Window # 3: Claire Garvey Design Studio, Cows Lane, Dublin

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Bought These at Menlo Park Flowers Market

Self thinks these are dahlias. She’s never had any luck growing them in her yard. She bought them yesterday from the Menlo Park Farmers Market.

Thank you to host of the Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge Cee Neuner!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): July is BROWN

At first, self didn’t think she’d find anything that fit this challenge, but suddenly, her eyes landed on one brown thing in her living room. Then another. And another. Pretty soon, she had a whole series of possibilities, just from the living room! Thank you to Cee Neuner for always finding a way to get self’s creative juices flowing.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) #3: Dromberg Stone Circle

This stone circle was in southern Ireland, a day’s drive from Cork. Much smaller than Stonehenge, but — how beautiful to come upon it in the Irish countryside! Self saw the Dromberg Stone Circle in 2017 (She’s just beginning to appreciate the enormous amount of traveling she did that year!)

This is self’s 3rd posting for the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC). Read all about it on Cee Neuner’s blog. She and Marsha Ingrao are co-hosts of this challenge.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Acanthus

It’s been a week — no, more — since self has posted a flower picture for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge. Her flower today is Acanthus.

Self posted a picture of it on Facebook and asked if anyone knew the name for this flower, which grows along one side of her yard. A friend from Malta was the first to answer: “It’s called Acanthus, and it grows all over the Mediterranean. Its image is often carved into tombs.”

The man who built this house (in 1939) was from Italy. He planted a magnificent walnut, and all kinds of fruit trees (which have died one by one, over the 30 years she’s been in this house). Perhaps the fruit trees and the acanthus reminded him of his native country. Perhaps he was homesick.

She saw massive specimens in Filoli, the last time she visited, maybe a year ago (They were allowing a small number of visitors, everyone had to be masked)

Funny, another friend, who has a large, beautiful garden, told her it was “a weed” and grew wild. It’s definitely not a weed. She remembers, the first ten years in this house, the spikes were profuse, and very tall. But climate change is a thing: every summer in the last 10 years, that patch of side yard has been exposed to the most punishing sun. The leaves turned brown, and no flowers appeared. Until this year.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 2

For her second post on the PPAC Photo Challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao, self would like to focus on metal outdoor sculptures.

Here are three examples, from three different places:

  • Outside the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin.
  • On the Stanford campus:
  • Outside the brand new Stanford Medical Center, in Redwood City:

New Challenge: Photographing Public Art

Thanks to Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao for co-hosting a new challenge, Photographing Public Art (PPAC).

How it works:

  • We will take turns, one of us hosting every week exploring art in public places. We invite you to join in the fun of exposing public art where you find it ā€“ at home or in your travels.

For self’s first post for this challenge, self is happy to share this sculpture, standing right next to the San Luis Obispo Train Station, which she stumbled on last week:

Artist: Elizabeth MacQueen

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

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