The Wedding – San Francisco

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A white heron is my taxi,

my coat made of feathers

blends in with the ride.

Flying over the bridge

made of soft green grass

I hear a piano playing a tune.

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From post office below me

posted envelopes float,

they quietly land in a bin.

The wedding took place at the Harbor Hotel,

chocolate mulch covered Union Square

while birds sang an aria from La Traviata.

Yesterday, sprinkled with fairy dust

a color xerox of Sadie and Jim appeared

in The New York Times.

Placing Myself Under House Arrest and Reading Michael Ondaatje

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Wynton at the Fairmont by Carla Saunders

Probably no one will notice that I’ve been put under house arrest. I’m not Lindsay Lohan or Aung San Suu Kyi. All I want to do is go to the studio and paint, hang out somewhere and draw or take some photographs, even try writing a poem. My studio is neater than my room at home. There are three paintings at the studio waiting for me to complete. But, here at home there are bills to be paid, forms to be filled, magazines to be read or to be thrown away and piles of papers, books and ‘stuff’  waiting to be put someplace. We’ve moved a bookcase into my room.  It’s empty. Books are in bags, piled on the floor. Papers are stacked in the bathtub. There is a tower of art that is about to topple.  A soft white rabbit ready to pop out of a soft black top hat, sits by my computer.   Legacy by Linda Spence is open on my desk.

Michael Ondaatje’s book,  Coming Through Slaughter is on top of a pile of books somewhere in this room.  Ondaatje wrote about  Buddy Bolden  a New Orleans cornet player in the early 1900’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fezzxFjcf This book is my all time favorite. It’s as if you are reading a poem, or going in and out of jazz improvisation or wandering through an abstract painting. Today and until I finish this room, time on all technical devices shall be limited (after I finish this post.)  Permission is granted to go out to buy food or get some exercise. Maybe I’ll listen to some jazz while I get this place organized.

Journey of a Photograph Puts Painting in the Woods On Hold – Vietnam

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I have been invited to participate in an online collaboration. Painting in the Woods, a journal of the progression of three paintings will be continued after this exciting detour. Meanwhile my poetry, photography, drawing and painting will be merged into a post which will be entered next week on Journey of a Photograph. Saying that, my post could be made up of something completely different by then.  One word, an idea for a photograph or a brush stroke leads to another and you are off and running. My post could go through big changes by next week. For a look at how a group of highly talented artists have interpreted a photograph go to http://journeyofaphotograph.com/  I’ll see you there next week.

Which Hat ? painter, photographer, drawer, observer ? ? ?

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Binoculars – with or without

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Watercolor Paint

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Cell phone camera

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Pen and ink

Aww come on, Carla – too many hats!

Yesterday morning,  we watched Youth America’s Cup teams race 45 meter boats very close to the shoreline.

Yesterday, was also  opening day for the new span on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The bridge reminds me of  Millau Bridge in Southern France, which I saw and blogged about last year.

I’ll add this drawing to an ongoing Artists’ Book  about my experiences related to this bridge. The drawings are contained in a steel box I had made for the book.  https://carlasaunders.com/2012/01/25/the-bay-bridge-artists-book/

Soon to come,  posts on the five day painting workshop in Portland.

 

World Lion Day

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In 2007 my husband and I went on Safari to Botswana. Sitting in an open Toyota Land Cruiser, we were searching for animals. Cameras out, binoculars scanning the landscape, we were ready to go! We sat there for about 5 minutes. Then I looked down at the side of the road and right there  was a lion looking up at me! No worries with either of us. I started clicking and she just blinked her eyes in the sunlight. You can alway click on the image to enlarge photograph.

You can see more photographs and drawings from this trip in categories under Africa.

Marina’s blog today brought my attention to World Lion Day. Check out her blog, too.http://marinakanavaki.com/2013/08/10/world-lion-day-

Happy World Lion Day.

Rembrandt and Me – Amsterdam and San Francisco

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Trees in Golden Gate Park   3″ x 5″ drawing

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Catching the last day of  Girl with the Pearl Earring, Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis  museum hague the netherlands. I studied Rembrandt’s etchings. Many of the etchings were from the Achenbach Collection.   http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/achenbach-foundation-graphic-arts. Afterwards, I went to Golden Gate Park, sat on the grass and sketched trees.  The top one was done with an Artpen and a green leaf.  Continue reading

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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Pros and Cons of Online Collaboration Between Grandmother and Granddaughter

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This one is worth clicking on to see drawing detail

Pros and Cons of Online Collaboration Between Grandmother and Granddaughter

First of all there are demographic variables. The participants are from England and America. The 8-hour time difference causes havoc when it comes to connecting with each other. One is asleep while the other is awake.  Data collection is difficult to achieve. This depends on scheduling of family activities, school functions, business meetings and painting sessions in the studio. Unforeseeable circumstances such as email addresses not working or, well, life intervenes. The reliability of the posted message is important. The blogger needs to post with some sort of regularity otherwise followers will lose interest and move on. (There is a little tongue in cheek here.)

According to our outline Megan was going to begin this section of Carla and Megan’s Blog It’s Sunday night in America. Megan is asleep in England and about to wake up and go to school. It’s time for me to post a blog for Monday morning.

Collaboration between grandmother and granddaughter must be flexible so I’ll start. We are soul mates when it comes to drawing. It’s fun to be together because we are both used to sketching all the time, usually with someone patiently waiting for us to finish so everyone can move on. In New york we just followed our path to wherever it lead, with a little advanced planning. When I was back at home I found my first ‘official’ sketchbook started at the suggestion of an art teacher when I was almost 18. I wonder what she will be creating when she is 18?

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We went to an exhibit about the role of fashion in Impressionist art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Displayed next to some of the paintings were manikins in dresses of the period. Megan whipped this out in about 5 minutes. Here is another one worth clicking on to see the detail of line.