Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mt. Rushmore


Began in 1927.
Completed in 1941.
Located near Keystone, South Dakota.



Each President's head is as tall as a six story building.
Washington looks very serious.
He wants Obama to tell the insurance companies to go to hell!!


Gutzon Borglum was 6o years old when he began the project.
He was a student of Auguste Rodin.
He died in 1941 before the official dedication.
No fatalities during the construction of Mt. Rushmore. A miracle considering all the dynamite that was used and how humans are not the sharpest pencils in the box.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

wasp's nest



The beauty of a wasp's nest.



This is a piece my sister Lisa made using a nest. Isn't it spectacular???
She is very clever and creative and a great sister to have!!





Amazing!!
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Kehinde Wiley



Photorealist painter Kehinde Wiley is inspired by Renaissance paintings and late European portraits. He takes these influences and fuses them with casually dressed African-American men posing similar to prophets, saints and angels. Artists he draws inspiration from include Raphael, Titian, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Ingres and Sargent.

He begins by approaching African-American men in Harlem, asks permission to paint them, shows them his work, the subject can then choose a painting.
(from Askart.com)

Born in 1977 in Los Angeles.
BFA from San Francisco Art Institute.
MFA from Yale.

His work is awesome.



Kehinde Wiley



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Sunday, September 27, 2009

chesterfield


This very nice couple have a great horse painting and a great chesterfield sofa.
Named after the Earl of Chesterfield.
That sofa has a history.
Good quality and craftsmanship.






This sofa says, "put me in a room with a fireplace, lots of books and a snifter of good brandy."
I know some of you may think this is a very ugly sofa. But that is half of it's charm.
Big and lumbering and handsome.
Substantial.
Serious sitting down action.



Perfect for an afternoon nap.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

impermanence



Four Tibetan Monks are creating a mandala at Grace Cathedral this week.
The monks believe that by creating this mandala, it will increase the peace and positive energy
of it's surroundings and even benefit the mind of anyone who comes to view it.



These are photos from Friday night inside the cathedral.
It is so intricate and beautiful.





The importance of the circle.
Harmony.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

deep blue sea



Old school diving gear.




Diving suit from 1882!!
Dang!!

Click here for a brief history of deep sea diving.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

chandeliers



I was in the mood for something sparkly and festive.

Chandeliers.
There is something so cool about them.
I like seeing them in unlikely places.
Teamed up with some mid century modern pieces.
Above a rustic farm table.
In a kid's room.
In the laundry room.
An unexpected dash of fun!!





Check out this blog for everything you ever wanted to know about chandeliers.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

pomegranates



Not just for eating, but for looking at.
On the tree. In a bowl. Tossed on a table or kitchen counter. The color they add to a drink.
My mom has a tree in her backyard.
I am very fond of it.







This plant has been on Earth for a long, long time.
Autumn is upon us once again.
My favorite time of year.




Monday, September 21, 2009

street scene






I love these images by "Becca" I found off Larkin Street in the "Loin."




The dumbbell with the green spray paint doesn't have enough sense to not spray over the monkey. Graffiti guys are way dumb and sloppy.


Golden State Greyhound Adoption lady and her beautiful dogs on Clement Street.


I loathe graffiti, but I love street art. "Becca" seems to be making a name for herself!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

brad's garden




This is a wonderful succulent garden that belongs to my dear friend Brad.
These are his beautiful photos.
It is just a small terrace, but look at the results.
Magical.













Get out there people.
Use what you have or do some guerilla gardening in your neighborhood.
Plant something.
In the Guantanamo camp our nation is operating, nine prisoners who were cleared of charges against them and are nevertheless still imprisoned created a garden with no tools but plastic spoons and a couple of mop handles, and no resources but seeds they gleaned from meals. They grew melons, garlic, peppers and a lemon tree.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/10/HOVP14GTN1.DTL&hw=tenderloin+garden&sn=001&sc=1000#ixzz0Rf0CdhTl


Saturday, September 19, 2009

grace



Grace Coddington.
This is one cool lady.
She is the genius behind Vogue magazine.
Yes, you can be good at what you do and have a great personality.
You are drawn to her.
She lives in the real world.
She stole the show from Anna Wintour in "The September Issue."



A sample of her artistic genius.


Grace Coddington.
Artistic Director of Vogue magazine.




Beautiful photos of her own modeling days.



I would love to have dinner with her.
I'm sure she is one of the few people at Vogue who actually eats food!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

train landscapes



The wonderful world of model trains.
This need we have to re-create in miniature.
If I had the space, I would love to create one of my own.
A world with no republicans.