Monday, July 6, 2015

Red, white, blue and one pink - symphony in cupcakes

Since I was up late on Saturday and didn't want to murder my obnoxious, noisy neighbors, I used the energy to do a lot of watercolors.

This is my red, white and blue cupcake series - with one pink one thrown in for good measure. No munching allowed.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Green Boat on Sunday

 I went out to escape all the hammering, banging and paint smells in my apartment house and got back home around 2 PM as the painters were wrapping up for the day. I has just settled down for a nap when the bozos down the street decided to party - bringing a table full of booze onto the side walk and bellowing like they were at a ball game.

Then, around 8 PM, they were setting off firecrackers! I was able to block the noise with a fan, earplugs and a head set but if they decided to party until 2 AM every Saturday night/Sunday morning, I will call the police.

I figured that because if was the 4th of July that the police wouldn't bother to come - although if I'd reported liquor and illegal fireworks they might have. I was so tired I could have cried when the nose started up - don't know where these rich white kids got the idea that they own the street and can make as much noise as they want throughout the night.

But I did use some of my energy to make art - maybe I want to sail away from the noise although I don't think this old boat would take me very far.

I can see Turner's influence in the wet on wet flow of paint; I just hope he would approve.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Corita Kent, Flag Of My Home, 1976. Screen print. Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Corita Kent Bequest.

Happy 4th of July! For over 200 years, America’s women have toiled, protested, lobbied, advocated, and fought for many of the freedoms that we enjoy today, such as the right to vote, Title IX, and non-coverture. (Photo: New York City suffrage parade, 1912. Library of Congress.)

The fight for women's suffrage: 

Notable women: 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hayes Valley Temple, Arts Calendar and a 'freebie" from the SFPL.

Burning Man Temple on Patricia's Green. watercolor by Nancy Ewart

Burning Man temple returns to Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley:

July Arts Calendar from SF Art Enthusiast:

Discover and Go: San Francisco Public Library is transitioning its beloved free museum and attractions passes program, known as Check Out San Francisco Family Pass, to a new online platform called Discover & Go. Library users will still be able to access free passes to more than a dozen San Francisco museums and attractions with the use of their library card. With Discover & Go, library users can better plan their visits to local attractions by reserving a pass online with their library card and printing their tickets at home or at the neighborhood library. In addition, while the Check Out San Francisco Family Pass was available only for families accompanied by children under 18, many Discover & Go attraction passes are available for users of any age.

To start accessing passes to a variety of Bay Area attractions with your Library card, go to:

San Francisco’s Discover & Go program is sponsored by the Department of Children Youth & Their Families (DCYF) and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

Highlights from past SFAQ projects: 

Ten things to do this weekend:

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Cantor Arts Center acquires an early work by Edward Hopper

The other Hopper painting is at SFMOMA (not on view now because of the construction and was bought in 2012:

“Hopper came up with the idea for Intermission while he was watching a movie, and his wife, Josephine Hopper, arranged for him to work on the painting in an empty theater. However, Hopper decided to complete Intermission at his home and studio in New York City. A surviving preparatory sketch for the painting reveals that he considered including another figure in the third row. In an interview he revealed, ‘There’s half another person in the picture.’ The final composition depicts a solitary woman in a theater, sitting alone in the first row of a side aisle. Seemingly waiting for others to return from intermission, she appears lost in thought, staring off into the distance as she sits contently in a comfortable-looking dark green theater seat with her ankles crossed.”

Friday, June 26, 2015

Love rules supreme

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not LOVE, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'J.M.W. Turner. Painting Set Free' at the de Young

On his deathbed in 1851, Turner ‘s doctor wrote “just before 9 a.m., the sun burst forth directly on him with that brilliancy which he loved to gaze on.*" The story is a fitting beginning to the current show at the de Young - “Painting Set Free,” a look at work produced by Turner from his sixtieth birthday in 1835 to his death in 1851, for the sun and the luminous colors of the sea and the sky are the real subjects of Turner's art.

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