Slow Art, Some Lettuce and a Tangerine – San Francisco


Foods have a special significance during Chinese New Year because of the way the Chinese word for it sounds. The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, it is common to serve a lettuce wrap filled with other lucky food. Tangerines and oranges are passed out during Chinese New Year as the words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth.

Slow Art relates to creating art in a slow way. This practice is about being mindful of detail, valuing the history inherent in re-usable materials, putting time into creating small items. The practice encourages the maker to be naturally meditative as they create.

Early in the morning I decided to write some thank you notes.

Why not make  original drawings of items bought at the Farmer’s Market the day before?

While propping them up on the table to review,  the sun came up – gorgeous light!

I ran to get my camera. Here is the result.

A very productive day and it was only 7 o’clock in the morning.

I kept a dozen drawings with the thought of printing notecards.

Maybe they are the beginning of an Artist’s Book.

Where shall I get them printed?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Raoul Dufy and Me – Southern France

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Carla’s interpretation of view in Larmet, France

The camera’s interpretation of the scene

Megan’s interpretation of the scene

Upon entering a hotel room in Aix en Provence, many years ago, I noticed a familiar print by Dufy hanging on the wall next to the window. Accompanying the print was a note saying Raoul Dufy had painted the watercolor from this window. Yes, right there, I was looking out the window at the same scene painted in the 1920’s. Of course, I had to paint that scene. Now, my watercolor is framed and hanging in my daughter’s house. In August, I painted the another view in France, with her daughter. Here are three interpretations of the same view.

“I think a painter is happy because he is in harmony with nature as soon as he can express what he sees.” Vincent van Gogh

Happy New Year 2012 !!

In front of the Oakland – San Francisco Bay Bridge, fireworks fill the sky over the Transamerica building. During the holidays, more  than 17,000 lights decorate four buildings in the Embarcadero district.

Have you thought of your new years resolution? I have. Tomorrow starts a new series – back to slow art, drawings from my travel sketchbooks starting with Seattle. My plan is to create short posts more often.

little tree

Here’s a poem by e.e.cummings called little tree. I found it on a blog website

Anna has a great blog going.

Merry Christmas !

little tree

little silent Christmas tree

you are so little

you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest

and were you very sorry to come away?

see i will comfort you

because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark

and hug you safe and tight

just as your mother would,

only don’t be afraid

look the spangles

that sleep all the year in a dark box

dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,

the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms

and i’ll give them all to you to hold

every finger shall have its ring

and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed

you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see

and how they’ll stare!

oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands

and looking up at our beautiful tree

we’ll dance and sing

“Noel Noel”

Marta Spurgeon or “As I See Myself”

I felt I was missing something when I came out of the San Francisco Fine Art Fair. I found some little drawings I liked. I said hello to a sculpture by Manuel Neri  but that was about it.  Walking back to the car we decided to check out the MFA Graduate Exhibition. That building was full of energy. This self portrait, taken with my iphone, is of Marta Spurgeon’s hanging plastic boxes. They remind me of Ct , CAT scans of the brain or three-dimensional images  of the inside of the head from a series of two-dimensional x-ray images. Marta has layers of transparent  plastic sheets hanging in space. Each sheet has part of a face painted on it – altogether they make up a whole three dimensional face.

BetterPhoto Masterpiece of the Month Top Ten

“March 16 2010
The “slurpiness of the oil paints” – love that perfect description! 🙂 What’s particularly effective here is that there’s a good graphic-design element going on here, with the strong diagonal lines from lower left to upper right, with the other lines, curves, etc., contributing to the overall abstract pattern. The natural lighting sure contributed to the fantastic colors and details. A good job, too, in ensuring a good depth of field – sharpness throughout the scene, since all parts are equally important. Way to go with this abstract Masterpiece, Carla