Friday, October 21, 2016

Art Museum Bucket List Part I - Off the Wall Friday

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Looking for Inspiration???  Plan a vacation around visiting one of the country's greatest art museums.  Here are some ideas to get ya going. . . . . Ohhh and more for next week!

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

What's not to love about visiting the Smithsonian?  I mean two huge big buildings of art
spanning from the Middle Ages to the Present.  Highlights include the only painting of Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas,  and works by Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Vermeer, Ingrès, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso are all included.  The best part is its FREE.  And the lunch Cafe is good too!!

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco, Ca 

  The oldest museum devoted to modern and contemporary art on the West Coast its collection includes extensive collection of twentieth-century art, ranging from Fauvism and Cubism to Pop Art, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism. Important artists represented include Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenber.

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879 as both a museum and a school for the arts. he comprehensive collection spans history, from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to contemporary
photography. The Impressionist collection is especially extensive, with an entire room dedicated to Monet. They even have some great works by Hopper (Which it is why its on this girl's bucket list!)

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The building itself is a work of art designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Its spiraling walkways show off an extensive permanent  collection which include paintings by Kandinsky, Klee, Chagall, Picasso, and Mapplethorpe.  Plus, its also known for bringing some great temporary exhibits.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Not only is this museum famous for the iconic Rocky Steps, but it also has a  collection that covers
all major periods and styles, with it's the modern collection that is especially notable, including the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, as well as some of Cy Twombly’s monumental abstract paintings.   It even has a full built Japanese Tea House!  This was my first art museum where I visited when I was 7.

This is only the beginning of my list - Have you Visited any of these?

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Off the Wall Friday

Since I'm visiting my mother for her birthday, I'll just host this week.  She lives in a log cabin on Tug Hill Plateau in Upstate, New York and its GORGEOUS.  This is the church up the hill from their house.

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Return to the Studio - Off the Wall Friday

Little by little, I'm getting into the groove of my new routine.  This week, I returned to my sewing machine and and started back in on a abstract piece that I've been working on for the last year.  OMG - has it been a year??  How in the world did that happen??  I swear I don't know where the time goes.

That said, when I'm working on it, I know where the the time goes.  It goes into me cutting and piecing and cutting  and pieces - ohhhh and wait for it - cutting and piecing it once again.   I do love the effect of the my improve piecing but it does seem to take forever. 

Since this has been an on going project, I keep my value road map near by to remind me where I am.  I also keep a running list of where I need to go next.  That way if I pop into the studio for a few minutes of sewing, I know exactly where I left off. 

Still, I do miss my Thursdays off.  sighhhhhhhh - change is hard.

Ohhh and Happy Birthday to my mother  today!!!!   That's me in the snazzy red cap!!

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Carpe Diem - Off the Wall Friday

Story of the Day

As you all might know my day job is taking orders for the catalogs Appleseeds, Tog Shop and Draper's and Damon's.  I love my job because it gives me an excuse to play with fabric and colors all day and to talk to interesting women who the world might think are past their prime - but the world would be wrong.  My customers are interesting, smart, exasperating, opinionated . . . well they're women!
A week doesn't go by when I get the chance to talk to ladies who are over 98 - yes you read that right 98 and they to me are  the best of the best.  Here they've been alive for 100 years and they're still buying clothes because they have places to go and people to see!

Once such lady gave me a smile recently:

Me:  I'm sorry to say that that item is on back order for a month.  Would you like me to place it on your order and send it out to you when it gets here?

Her Ohhh,  no.  Don't do that!

Me:  Are you sure? It will go fast and be there before you know it.

Her:  Honey, at my age, I don't even buy green bananas. 

We laughed and laughed.

The reason, I bring this up because yes it reflects where I am in my life right now but also its the idea of living in the moment and seizing the day - Carpe Diem. There have been a lot of changes around here lately - new working hours, new working location, new routine.  I'm pretty bad with change (aren't we all?)   So I've gotten into a bit of a rut and its not a bad idea to take some advice from a lady who has been around a lot longer then me.

I'm not going to be buying green bananas waiting for them to ripen.  I'm going to see what fruit is good today!

So Hopefully you've been up to something more creative then me!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Autumn Equinox - Off the Wall Friday

Fall Quilts - From the Traditional to the Abstract

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Off the Wall Friday

Because I've started a new work schedule this week (working Monday - Friday for the first time in literally years), I'll just host this week.  I promise I'll get my act together and have something of substance here next week - grin!!

So What Have You've Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hand Stitching Inspiration - Off the Wall Friday

I'm a little talked out this week - but I've been studying hand 

   stitching for texture's sake.      Its amazing how the mark 

                            of Hand is so unique and interesting!   Creating line

            with a needle & thread seams just that much more

  personal than just doing it with a pen.

                              Each stitch is like a little piece of yourself.   
(These pictures are from my inspirational folder and not my own work)

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?