Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
My sister has taken my pants, the silk ones Erika gave me from Guatemala with intricate batik patterning and hung them on her rocking chair for room decoration. She stuck a cantaloupe colored sweater in my closet that she doesn't want anymore. Mom found an acrylic painting I did in a high school art class and left it on my dresser. The pants I forgot in August are still sitting on the back of the washing machine.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I found the name Ruud Van Empel written in my notes too. He is a Dutch artist born in 1958. I came across one of his pieces on the last page of Museum News magazine last spring and I remember being mesmerized by its otherworldly-ness and just beauty as image. Looking up the name again today, I found more of his work on his website, www.ruudvanempel.nl/site/ Equally surreal in the digital manipulation of photographic images. It makes me think also of what something could be.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
yesterday was not so much about observation as it was about experiencing! being a part! of history! Last night I updated my facebook status to: "Jeanne is so moved, grateful to be living at this moment! Shared! Beautiful!"
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
another trip to the library, returning some recalled books and picking up some new ones. Actually pretty old ones. 1936. Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain & Perfect Pronunciation. The even older, original version was created in 1836. I'm surprised the fine arts library has a copy for take home use. The HRC houses a copy too. So, this book came into being through play and collaboration and willingness and funding. "The artists, designers and printers, whose delightfully diverse solutions to a common problem appear on preceding pages, were invited to redesign an allotted page in any manner they pleased. Each was furnished with a photostat of the original page, each was free to do the page without restriction in style or technique, and without hampering suggestions...That this was a labor of love—both for the delight of children and for the interest of those within the Graphic Arts—is patent by the result." (A Note on This Book, 74). (I must insert here that I adore their style of writing, which I sense, seems to possess an infinitely higher level class and intellect than the present day) None of the contributers knew what their fellow collaborator's designs looked like. In the end of the book, all 41 designers, printers, and illustrators involved are listed with a short biography. No one received pay. All remarked similarly that this opportunity temporarily freed them from their actual paid work which they were tired of. Since all the designers used linotype and black ink plus perhaps one other color, the book looks visually cohesive, but each solution has its own style and approach. Fasinating to see all together.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The first time I entered, the girl behind the counter asked if I had ever been in before. I said no. Then she started handing me different flavor samples to try like Sopapilla (which I was curious about - since I just tried this form of puff pastry in Santa Fe) green apple, sweet corn, pesto. It was nice to be greeted with such welcome and the popcorn is delicious so I bought a bag of pesto and signed up on their email list. The girl behind the counter, actually one of the owners, punched a hole in a card and handed card and popcorn to me. Six punches = a free medium sz. bag of popcorn, she informed.
Because I signed up for the newsletter, I received an email today advertizing a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. All proceeds from popcorn balls sold during the event go toward a breast cancer charity, plus the event offered complimentary popcorn, cocktails and a movie screening. I stopped in today to support that cause and sample of course. This time I talked with the friendly owners and their friends. All wonderful people. One owner is the girl I met the first day and the other is another women in her 20's. I'm happy I noticed the store and went in.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
As I was looking at the rest of the Philips Collection, a women informed us she would be giving a short talk in the next room about a paintings. Every morning and afternoon an education department member will give a 15 min. talk about a painting of their choosing. The painting she chose was Piet Mondrian's Painting Number 9. I noticed the painting as I passed through its room earlier and the initial feeling it gave me was tight and measured and I prefer loose. The talk changed my feeling of the work.
I'm glad I saw the sign in the metro and decided to go at 10:30 am
The Philips Collection
Dupont Circle, go left on Q street to 21st street. Museum 1/2 way up on 21st on the left. Open 10-5. $10/students
"An exhibition of more than 150 photographs, collages, drawings, and maps will chronicle the artist's process as they prepare to assemble and suspend massive silvery fabric panels horizontally over the Arkansas River in Colorado. The Philips exhibition will trace the development of this ambitious project over the past sixteen years by displaying the process and materials that will be used to accomplish the artistic and engineering feat."
a river had to be chosen that had high enough banks to attach cables to
exhibit designed by and exhibit text written by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Text is narrative like, often humorous, more personal b/c of this I think.
love collages, esp. texture created by fabric
"Over the River, 1992: pencil, wax crayon, charcoal, and fabric on paper"
Christo and Jeanne-Claude both born on June 13th 1935! Christo in Bulgaria; Jeanne-Claude grew up in Paris, Tunisia, Morrocco, Bern, Switzerland.
photos of C & JC at community meetings and schools answering questions
- meet w/BLM
people in photo look to be enjoying the meeting
- prototype test pouring 20k gallons of water on fabric, goes right through
- Arkansas river most rafted in U.S. 300,000 people/year
- french tour group, tv people, photoshoot, Christo and Jeanne-Claude are at the entrance posing for their picture and then getting on elevator! 10:30 am. The second time I see them, the first was at The Gates.
like blow-up sections of maps accompanying drawings...combining photos with drawings and fabric!
- life-size tests in Grand Junction, CO...its neat how you can see the clouds through the fabric
- wind tests in man-made wind tunnels in Guelph, Candada
- photo of Christo's hand drawing a mark on an arial photograph... interesting scale...photo within photo
- soooo many people involved
-even have steel anchor used to test cable prototype
- samples of fabric with carabiners and pully...looks like so much weight just in one sheet of fabric, thick, metalic, technology
- like how the exhibit organized as timeline, exit 2007 room
- interesting to read comments in guest book
"brilliant! I get it already...
"another waste of time and money...excessive
"Can't wait to see it
"will have to visit Colorado
"another example of man thinking he can improve nature
"I'm glad materials are being recycled...
I can't remember exactly what I wrote... just that I enjoyed seeing the exhibit about process and materials with text written by the artists and I especially like the collages combining drawings and fabric, that I am still unsure about the sheer amount of material being used...
Shoppers crowded the streets. It was a sunny columbus day weekend in Georgetown. We went just to walk and window shop. Jessica had been often, but this was only my 2nd time going. As we started our walk, I noticed a white gate partially open beside an old stone house. The house just looked different than anything else around, but it was easy to miss - sandwiched in by shops. If the gate hadn't been slightly ajar, we may not have stopped. A sign on the gate said the house was built in 1756! and this was the entrance to the back yard, one of the few remaining original house lots and only open to the public on weekends. Of course, we wandered back to see what we could. Tangled gardens, very english, a few benches, a birdhouse, a few people reading. Quiet. It was like a little mini-park/oasis we never would have guessed was back there.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in its entirety" - Ansel Adams, 1882
"The west, in many ways, is the center of modern creative work in photography. Some would dispute that claiming New York and Boston should be considered first. In the east there is an emphasis on the social aspects of the medium; out here there is a fine balance between the social emphasis on the natural scene and on the abstract and expiramental" - Ansel Adams 1972
"I believe that the artist and his [her] art are only a part of the total human experience; the viewer in the world at large is the essential other part." - Ansel Adams 1988
I wrote down some quotes from Georgia O'keefe, but I can't find the receipt I wrote them on!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Just starting to turn in D.C., but, into Virginia, where I went yesterday, the colors are closer to peak. Drove along back roads. Lost, but did not matter. We cross one little, blue one-way bridge 3 times I think. So refreshing to be out in the country. Little ponds for each rolling farm it seems and the smooth water dotted with leaves on the surface and canadian geese on the shore. We see two cows chest deep in one pond. They just look at us like cows do and return to munching on water weeds. Stopping at a gas station, we hear country music from a truck and see camouflaged hunters eating chicken wings and fries at a picnic table. There are tour buses headed for the wineries.
Friday, October 10, 2008
So, I am back in d.c. for the first time in 3 years. This is the first time I've been back to one of the places I lived and had an affection for (other than Maine of course). It is strange to come back to a place 3 years later. Some of my former discoveries (thrift stores, cafes, etc) are not here anymore. Some of the spots under construction then, look the same still! Same cranes and crater in Earth. People working just like then.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Insight 1 : the power or act of seeing into a situation : penetration2 : the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The distinctive characteristic of bubble tea is the presence of chewy translucent balls of pearl tapioca (that sit at the bottom of the glass). Usually the pearls are "large pearl," larger than the "small pearl" that is customary in tapioca pudding. Cooked, large pearls have a diameter of at least 6 millimeters. Occasionally, "small pearl" tapioca is used. Both sizes of pearls are available in a variety of colors. The pearls are prepared by boiling for 25 minutes, until they are cooked thoroughly but have not lost pliancy, then cooled for 25 minutes. After cooking they last about 7 hours. The pearls have little taste, and are usually soaked in sugar or honey solutions.
Bubble teas are generally of two distinct types: fruit-flavored teas, and milk teas.
Good to know.