Thursday, February 2, 2017

Second on the Second 2/2/17

Every month Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover offers us a chance to bring an earlier post back for a second look.  This month I'm offering a second look at an artist I found interesting.  Be sure to check the link to her fabric book if you have time.


*Louise Bourgeois*, Artist

Art is a guarantee of sanity.”

I recently came across the work of *Louise Bourgeois*, an artist unfamiliar to me.  Born in Paris in 1911, she moved to New York in the late 30's and was still creating until she died in 2010.

Considered a Surrealist artist, she produced hundreds of sculptures, installations, paintings, drawings and fabric pieces in numerous materials. She used traditional marble and bronze for sculptures alongside common castoffs (doors, furniture, clothes and empty bottles). 

During the late 1990s, Bourgeois started using spiders in her artwork. The largest of her spider works was the sculpture 'Maman' which is over 9 meters tall and the original was made from steel and marble. The sculpture alludes to the strength of her mother in the knowledge of her father's behavior (adultery) and is symbolic of spinning, nurture and protection

I was most interested in this fabric book from an exhibit at the MOMA.    "Bourgeois constructed the book’s linen binding and pages out of 60-year-old, monogrammed hand towels from her 1938 wedding. Then, working from one page to the next for six months, Bourgeois cut, arranged, and stitched her own used clothing and textiles to form 32 fabric collages. Fragmented and reconfigured, these personal artifacts conspire to be remembered as forgotten."  You can read and view more here.

I discovered there are a few biographies about Bourgeois and I certainly want to read more about her.

Do you think you would find this artist's life interesting?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tea Stands for Tuesday 1/24/17

I always look forward to the Tuesday posts at the Alerted Book Lover blog.  I really feel like I've come to know the regulars there. Bring a drink of your choice and join us won't you?

No surprise, this morning I'm drinking Peets coffee.  Here's the set up for grinding the beans.  Peets often has a new variety of beans for a limited time and I like to try them.  This time it is Ethiopian Super Natural only available for a couple of months.  I think these special issues are only for sale in Peets own shops.  I'm not sure.

After a very long time, I've taken up paint and brushes again.  I have an idea that I want to execute in acrylic on canvas in a larger format.  I decided to try a watercolor sketch first.

8 x10 watercolor

The above is my first pass at my idea.

8 x 10 watercolor

I let it dry a bit and then went back in and darkened some areas.  I see some changes I will make already but it was enjoyable to put the idea on paper.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Neighborhood Walk - 1/24/17

No CA had been getting lots of rain.  I think our area is officially out of the drought now although I don't think that's true of the Southern part of the State.

Because the sidewalks are littered with slippery leaves and small branches I decided to go out by the Bay for a walk.

Looking West:  There is a great long walk along the bay.  If the picture were bigger (or clearer) you would see the Golden Gate Bridge there where a gap appears in the distance.  The Bay looks dark and rough as I walk along.

Looking East:  My walk took be around to this cove and a view back over the Berkeley hills.  The waters here are always much calmer and there were lots of birds sitting on the rocks.

Rain again today but starting Wednesday we are in for a clear spell.

Hope you are staying dry and warm.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 1/17/17

Good Morning, hope your day is starting out great and that you have your favorite drink at hand.  

I spent much of the time since we last got together knitting.  That's my colorful knitting bag in the background.  Water is the only drink I will let near my yarn and even then I'm cautious.  The pink hat is what I've been working on.

My local LYS had a "knit-in".  An afternoon when they offered the use of their classroom space for knitters to work on their pink hats.  
Pink hats are showing up everywhere, pink yarn has been scarce lately.  It was fun to spend time with other knitters talking about this and that while fingers flew and needles clicked.

For those of you who haven't heard, pink hats are being worn at the Women's March in D.C. and in local marches.  I won't be marching, just wearing my pink hat when I go on my currently cold morning walks.

Maybe I'll wear it this morning while I go visit Elizabeth and the rest of the Tea Gang.  Hope to see you there.

PS - LYS - Little Yarn store or Local Yarn Store

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Day in the U.S.

Today is a public holiday in the U.S.  A day to celebrate the 

birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have

 three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their

 minds, and dignity, quality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe 

that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men 

can build up.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Words spoken years ago but words I believe true today.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Neigborhood walk - 1/12/13

We have been getting lots of rain here by the Bay.  I try to time my walks for a break in the showers.  On a couple of occasions didn't get out the door at all.

Fashion?  The window displays are pretty much the same old thing.  Guess we will have to wait a few months to see something brighter.

I did find these red boots.  I'm not sure they would be practical in wet weather but they would brighten up the above outfit.

This display amused me.  The chicken appears to be knit out of some kind of shiny fabric/material.  What is it about chickens?  They always make me smile.

I had to walk around this on my way home.  Yikes!  This is in front of what looks like an office building.  Some poor person is going to come out to quite a surprise.

Hope the weather is decent where you are.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 1/10/17

Sometimes I can't believe how fast Tuesday rolls around.  A couple of days ago we were at the River House.

I was sitting on the front porch having an early morning cup of coffee

Looking at all the bare trees and the red sunrise.  You've heard "Red skies in the morning, sailors take warning" haven't you?  Yes, we've had lots of rain and it is threatening to flood.  I can only cross my fingers.

On a more cheerful note, let me show you my latest thrift purchase for the house there.  Dishes.  I don't need more dishes, I just have a tiny weakness.....For Dishes.

They are not old  They are by Susan Winget and part of a set called Garden of Olives. I found them listed as salad/dessert plates but they are going to be perfect sandwich plates for me.  Three plates/$2.  I wonder if I will ever stumble across the 4th plate in the set in my thrift store hunts.  

Lets take our drinks over to the Altered Book Lover blog and find out what has been happening since last Tuesday.  The people who post there seem to always have something interesting going on.