Christie’s plans 175 million dollar sale in New York City while we play near Lake Tahoe

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It’s summertime. We take a break from our jobs, schools, daily routines and even wean ourselves away from the internet.  Driving down the hill to get the New York Times we pass a bear crossing the road. Squirrels play nearby. We soak up new experiences and come home renewed.

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Quite a contrast from when Megan and I were blogging about our experiences in New York.

Apple and the Glass Staircase – New York

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The Fifth Avenue Apple Store  is open 24 hours a day every day.

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Bright sun behind these figures helped produce this High-key photograph.

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A steady stream of people  walked through when we were there.

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All the employees in the store were taking orders on their ipads as fast as they could enter the buyer’s information.

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The glass staircase was designed for Steve Jobs by  architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan Structural Design 

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Photos of store are by me. Megan took this shot. Hey, Megs, besides drawing well, you sure can make a good photograph! All photographs taken with my iphone. Megan has written to her ‘fans’  Now I’ll  transfer her thank you’s to my blog comments. We have had a lot of fun with our collaboration project on New York, working on our posts while we live in England and California.

Thirteen Year Old Brit Sketches Commes des Garcons – New York

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Comme de Garçon by Megan

While we were walking past the street, we spotted an unusual shop with a sort of futuristic theme. It was like walking into a smooth silver cave. The outside was dotted with a lot of pop art posters, which added to the craziness of the shop. When we walked in it had taken on a whole new theme. It was white everywhere separated with caving walls. There were several stylish-looking shop attendants dotted around each corner, they were wearing the shops clothes which were very unusual, colourful, and very very wacky. All of the clothes were hung on racks, we took one look on the price tag of a very cute top, that looked like it came out of goldilocks and the three bears story, and the price was over 3,000 dollars. A lot of the clothes looked they had been cut off, sewed on, fringed here, ripped here. It must of took an immense amount of designing, and even more creating. What especially caught our attention was the dresses. They were a cream colour, and the material felt like canvas. They were folded over, and had the same styles as the rest of the clothes, but every single one was different. One of the shop attendants showed us a catalogue from one of their fashionshows and it was completely different to see it on a rack as it is to seeing it on a model, it was very high fashion. The head pieces completed the Alice in wonderland mystical forest witch style, the makeup just topped it off. She wrote down the website style.com, and comme de garçons had their own section where we could look at all of their collections.

http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/S2013RTW-CMMEGRNS/#24

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Megan Discovers New York

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Thirteen year old from England captures her impression

of  seeing New York City for the first time.

This series starts right after the posts on China.

Come back and follow the second installment of Carla and Megan’s Blog.

Sketchbooks in hand and one iphone to share,

two soul mates check out the big apple.

The results you will see right here.

As always, click on image for a better look.

Mad Men Interferes with Life of California Blogger

How am I going to get my daily post written when my husband is in the other room watching all the previous seasons of the TV show? It’s his first time watching it so he’s catching up. I hear Peggy talking in the background. Gotta run in and see what she is up to. What’s Don doing? Sterling Cooper – I wonder what words of wisdom he will be saying? How am I going to pick and upload an image when I want to see what Betty is wearing? Ahhh the music. That means the end of that episode. Was it really like that when you were an ad man on Madison Avenue in the 60’s?

Four Bhutanese Friends – US Congress

I made the little box thinking it could be a container to hold stamps I picked up in Bhutan. The images remind me of Bhutanese folk tales. (click on the image to make it bigger)

The Bhutanese folktale called Four Friends is about an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit and a bird. They all learn to help each other by living together harmoniously. I should paint my  impression of this folktale and send the finished product to Congress; a gift from an American. President Obama, The House of Representatives, the Senate, the Ameican people; It’s you I’m writing about.

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Alfred Molina plays Mark Rothko.  Eddie Redmayne plays his assistant. There is no intermission. The words are poetic, the acting  intense. If you were painting in the early 60’s  or interested in art around that time go see this play. It’s about Mark Rothko’s commission to paint murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagrams building in New York. It certainly brought me back to that time. I was putting the records on while stretching and priming big canvases. The actors prime a huge canvas on stage. A good read is Lee Seldes’ book,  The Legacy of Mark Rothko. It’s the true story of his daughter and the  collectors of Rothko’s paintings, a greedy bunch they were those men from  Marlborough gallery.