A global guide to LIVING CREATIVELY

Friday, June 27, 2014

Silverlake Garden

Each year, our garden surprises us.
While our Dwarf Blue Nile Lilies hardly pushed out a bloom last year, this year they bloom profusely. One of two Buddhas, handcrafted approximately thirty years ago, silently meditates in another part of our garden - and enjoys a floral offering. Two potted plants placed at both ends of a path (an Impatiens and a Vinca), clamor for attention - and each is given the attention it deserves, through good nutrition and admiration.
A neglected section of shady garden, now invites respect from us, with plantings of Heliotrope and a potted Camelia.
And, last but not least, a cutting given to us by Santa Barbara friends has happily grown into a lovely copper and sage-green beauty - a Kalanchoe orygalis.
Thus far, summer in our Silverlake garden has been a delight!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Light and Movement

Artist / Photographer Vincent Brady

Vincent Brady refers to himself as "a traveling wannabe 21st Century photographer".
When I first viewed a still image of his planetary panorama - Devils Tower and The Heavens, Wyoming - it brought to mind another Vincent - Van Gogh - who, in 1889 painted, The Starry Night. Later, I found an image of Mr. Brady in front of a mural depicting, in part, the Van Gogh painting. As I delved further into the biography and statements made by Mr. Brody, the relationship to Van Gogh seems only mildly applicable.
©Vincent Brady
In his biography, Mr. Brady states that he loves "to be far away from city lights shooting the night sky on clear moonless nights. The night is full of mystery and wonder (and) I have found no feeling like that of having an unobstructed view of distant stars while being in amazing locations."
©Vincent Brady
Mr. Van Gogh painted, en plein air, attempting to find just the right stroke of paint to capture light falling upon and reflected by an object, a flower, a star. Mr. Brady's passion parallels that of the historic post-impressionist painter to a point, in that he also captures, on site, "the light that is hard to see and just beyond the naked eye." While the latter artist's quest was a struggle, emotionally, Mr. Brady's path is one which radiates positivity and wonder - illustrated in his description of "working" with fireflies as subject:
"So these creatures are really cool. I don't know if you've ever noticed them. We call them fireflies or lightning bugs, but they aren't a fly or a bug. They are beetles, and there's over a 1000 different species of them. Some get in sync when they blink and some don't even light up at all. In most cases the males are the ones flying around blinking while the female blinks from a leaf or branch. They munch on small snails and such when they are in the glowworm stage of their life, they don't seem to eat anything in their short 24 hour to 7 day adult life, however after the mating it's not uncommon for the female to devour the male. They don't bother you or bite you, not a pest by any means… Fireflies just bless you with their presence, light up, make love, and call it a life."
©Vincent Brady
To be enveloped within subject matter - to feel a part of it - one with it - is where art resides. Much like an inventor using everyday materials to develop a thing entirely new, an artist develops a technique, a process, over a certain course of time, using trial and error until the desired effect is manifested. Always experimenting, searching and stretching beyond his limits, Brady's personal process is touched upon as he states:
"While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse."
The dynamic activity of our planet, as illustrated by stars in continual revolution or daubs of light, floating in space, resembling a hyper-active Larry Poons' painting - nature's elements and creatures in movement, create a world where artist and subject are as one.
©Vincent Brady
As I viewed each video, I was transported into the sphere of the photographer. I felt the dynamic quality of nature and its rhythms. Ultimately I was captivated by the work of Vincent Brady.

For more information, and to view videos, please visit:
Vincent Brady's website
Music by Brandon McCoy
All photographs on this page are copyrighted by Vincent Brady. Please contact Mr. Brady, directly, if planning to publish his work. Thanks.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Arts

From Guy Tal, a photographer who captures the fragile beauty of floral carpets in raw, arid desert regions… to the quirky, metallic-embellished ceramic work of Michael Geertsen… to a Texas based inventor who attempts to solve the mystery of a painting technique used by a Dutch Master - we leave you with food for the eye and food for thought. Enjoy the work of these masters and enjoy your weekend.
Please follow links below each photo.
Photographer, Guy Tal - from Colossal

Ceramic artist, Michael Geertsen - from CFile

Tim's Vermeer, Sony Pictures Classic

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Interview - Food52
I always learn something new whenever Ruth Reichl is interviewed. It is because of Ms. Reichl and my Italian Grandmother, that I have such respect and love for preparing food.
Today, while thumbing through my reading list, I came across an interview on Food52 - written by Marian Bull, entitled, "Ruth Reichl on Pantry Staples and Fiction". As soon as I spotted it,  I thought, let the learning begin. And here's what I discovered.
One of Ms. Reichl's favorite ingredients is Miso (among others). She enjoys eggs, when cooking for no one but herself. The protagonist in her new novel, Delicious! makes a gingerbread cake which plays an important role in the book.
And for a thorough run-down, please take yourself to Food52 and read the entire interview.
It's delicious. Enjoy!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Maya Angelou

MAYA ANGELOU (1928 - 2014)
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
In sadness, joy. In joy, sadness. Whenever Maya Angelou was interviewed we watched, intently. She drew us in with her careful, slow articulation - every word a brushstroke, each phrase a poem. Humor found its way into a sad story and each story, whether dramatic or otherwise, left us with a poignant lesson.
This photograph (from her website) reminds us of that special quality of hers; that penetrating joyous smile as an outward illustration of dignity and love on the inside.
We will miss this kind spirit.
From Ms. Angelou's website:

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fri 5+1


Moving into this holiday weekend, we present:

• Insights from shoe designer, Christian Louboutin

• Chris Gustin's retrospective at the Daum Museum

• Tim Webber's, Duffy Footstools and ottomans

• Nicol Zavagno's splendid pendant lamps

• A lovely ceiling light designed by Sandro Lopez

• A video about the making of a sugar sculpture by artist, Kara Walker

From Designboom, Interview w/ Christian Louboutin
Impera Specchio, Image C. Louboutin

From Contemporist, Duffy Stool and Ottoman
by Tim Webber Design
From Gadgets, Stick Pendant Lamp by Nicol Zavagno

Santa Fe Clay

Santa Fe Clay Gallery
August 8 through September 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, August 8, 5-7pm
Indian Market Opening: Friday, August 22, 5-7pm

Press Release:
David Crane is a Professor of Ceramics/Art at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA where he has taught since 1995. He makes functional stoneware salt-fired pots, either wheel thrown and altered, or slab built. His influences range from the historic traditions of China, Japan and Europe, to prehistoric and contemporary Native American pottery and textiles. His goal is to create finely crafted pots that are well
designed and dynamic, inviting their use. Contrasting patterns and glazing reflect both the landscape of his rural Virginia home and the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest where he has spent much time. He has exhibited extensively and is a founding member of “Sixteen Hands”, an association of craftsmen working in wood and clay.
José Sierra grew up in the Andes of Venezuela. His memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscape, pre-Colombian art and architecture, as well as contemporary design, all combine to influence and inspire his work. By altering wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware, José’s work fuses organic and geometric forms, which represent the fluidity and abruptness of the shapes and lines in the landscapes and architecture that surround him. The colors of the Andes and Catalina Mountains also inspire his palette of glazes. José studied art at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. In 2000, José moved to Iowa where he dedicated himself to both sculpture and pottery. He is currently living in Tucson, Arizona where he is working full-time as an artist.

545 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505 984 1122

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

RFA New Work

Ronald Frink Architects
We present images of current design by RFA.
As a small-scale firm with a broad and diverse portfolio that includes larger scale commercial / civic architecture, interiors, and custom residential projects, RFA is that singular architectural design practice providing excellent design and service to a sophisticated clientele.
Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre

Montecito House - entry drive

Montecito House - pool terrace

Westfield Valley Fair - view at night

Westfield Valley Fair - detail

Remodeling and Home Design
Also featured on ARCHITIZER

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market
Treats to nourish body and soul. Delicious. Sustainable. Local foods. Fun. Friendly. Fabulous.
We thank Doug McNatton, of Hudson Grace, Montecito, for recommending  Santa Barbara Public Market to us. Having been opened for little more than a month, the market houses everything from fine wines to fresh pasta, seafood and meats to cup cakes and breads and to just about anything you might want to prepare a wonderful gourmet dining experience for your guests.
Although we were busy working on a residential design project - meeting deadlines, taking photographs and measurements, emailing both contractor and clients, we made time to explore the market, thoroughly.

We had to eat, right?
And eat, we did - trying the delicious calamari fritti at Santa Monica Seafood and a yummy pork sandwich from Belcampo Meat Market.  The next evening, we decided to take out freshly made pastas from The Pasta Shoppe - a beautiful pappardelle with lamb ragu and a taglitelle with a wild forest mushroom sauce. We also enjoyed a glass of wine at Wine Plus Beer.
We met our project deadlines early and had to leave lovely Santa Barbara the next morning.
However, we plan on visiting the market, again, on upcoming trips! Thank you Doug for mentioning this fabulous experience to us.
Although we mention only a few of the SBPM purveyors, please visit their website to find out more about these and other wonderful shops.
Santa Barbara Public Market
38 West Victoria (at Chapala)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
OPEN DAILY: 7 AM until 10:30 PM
(805) 770 7702

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...