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Friday, July 23, 2010

Silverlake Garden


First crop of cherry tomatoes from our small urban garden. Perfect.

Please see earlier posts for Silverlake Garden

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Paula Hayes, artist

Simple, elegant glass containers of varying sizes are filled with brown and colored earth and layered with small stones and jagged rocks; artworks formally composed and balanced, they are not just terrariums. Instead the artist, Paula Hayes, has constructed miniature, pristine worlds encased in glass, perhaps to reveal the fragility of our ecosystem.
In this time of planetary negligence, for those who are willing to take a moment, these delicate sculptural works force us to carefully view the artist's perception of Eden - perfect gardens for an imperfect humanity. Most of us neither see the tree, much less the forest and these composed milieus quietly speak to us, in this time, about the preservation of our delicate natural balance.
Paula Hayes (b. 1958) received her MFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design, NY and her work has been exhibited, internationally. Her work has been reviewed in various publications, including, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum and The New York Times.

Marianne Boesky Gallery
Paula Hayes Studio

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sheila Chandra

An Amazing Sound
Sheila Chandra website

Sotirios Papadopoulos

Credenza designed by Sotirios Papadopoulos for Ennezero

Painted with Ecolightinside, a glow-in-the-dark eco-paint invented by the architect/designer, the piece gives off the soft glow of moon light from a realistically recreated section of the moon. Beautiful by day, magical at night.
Originally in production, 2008, with only twenty-four pieces made within a limited edition run. 
More regarding Sotirios Papadopoulos in future posts.
Materials: Wood, metal legs, ELI
Dimensions (cm): 180L x 50W x 90H

Sotirios Papadopoulos

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lily Allen

THE FEAR - Lily Allen
Video directed by Caswell Coggins and produced by Phil Tidy
From an Xbox Sing it with Lips game campaign

Frida Kahlo

"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best." Frida Kahlo
Ms. Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon in Coyoacan, Mexico - 1907. Video, in honor of her 103rd birthday. Music, "Nuages", by the Gypsy Kings. Photoshop and FantaMorph software were used to merge and blend the artist's self-portraits.
from The Daily Beast

The Gypsy Kings website
Adobe Photoshop
Abrosoft FantaMorph

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Piano Project: Play Me, I'm Yours


Play Me, I'm Yours
From The Daily Beast on Vimeo

Ani Phyo - Raw Food Essentials


Eating raw foods is the simplest way to find your physical balance. Gaining weight will become a thing of the past, because eating raw means you will arrive at your perfect weight. You will have energy and mental clarity. You will look better and feel better - and you will operate at your optimum best.
Many years ago, I discovered the value of deliciously prepared raw food, so I write from personal experience. My body feels perfectly full after a meal and the process of digestion is easier and much more productive. 
While I currently incorporate cooked foods into my diet, raw food is eaten each day - sometimes as a salad, although, usually as a simple "gourmet" meal from one of my raw foods cookbooks. And several days during the week, I juice fresh, organic vegetables. Balance is everything.
Recently, I came across a wonderful book, titled, "Ani's Raw Food Essentials" - the second book by Ani Phyo.
Ms. Phyo provides us with a method to easily transition into a diet of raw foods. Using tools and food already in your kitchen, she teaches fast and easy recipes; everything from classic comfort food, along with gourmet dishes and "you-won't-believe-they're-raw" desserts. The author also furnishes her readers with tips on dehydrating, fermenting and sprouting foods.
If you're thinking you won't have time to learn new food preparation methods, just think about all the time you will save by not cooking! We highly recommend Ani's book.
In the following video, Ani Phyo introduces you to her new book and shares a recipe.

Ani Phyo website
Ani Phyo blog

Silverlake Garden

Still more to develop... but, for now -
Ornamental garden with bench, Buddhas, blue containers - Blissful.

Please see earlier posts for Silverlake garden

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Story: Quantum Physics + The Law of Attraction

Are we playing our parts well?
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination."
Albert Einstein
“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”
Shirley MacLaine
Years ago I read Shirley MacLaine's book, "Out on a Limb" and journeyed with the author and actress into her alternative realities. Traveling with her to Galisteo, New Mexico, we meandered back through time via various incarnations learning more about ourselves in this lifetime. My journey was vicarious. However, as I read, I found myself questioning my life and relationships - our stories intertwined.
While reading, I nudged judgment aside, molding my mind into a hollow receptacle, allowing new information to pour in. My image of Ms. MacLaine gradually changed. She had become more than an entertainer, developing into a multi-dimensional person - exploring both visible and invisible realms.
Years go by... Relationships, locations, lives change and  we travel through time, from 1983, when "Out on a Limb" was published, to 1996 and the opening of the play, "Four Dogs and a Bone" at the Westwood Playhouse. I had the good fortune to be invited to the opening as a guest of Ron Frink, architect of what was to become the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood Village, Los Angeles, with the new Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen.
Photograph:Benny Chan, fotoworks
Among the many show business types in attendance, we saw Sally Field, Raquel Welch, Kurt Russell, Geena Davis and we were, very briefly, introduced to Shirley MacLaine. It was such a new experience, rubbing elbows with the stars. Ms. MacLaine smiled, greeted us warmly, then excused herself as she turned to meet a friend. In leaving the theater later that evening, I thought of her book and wondered if metaphysical energy permeated all her experiences. I questioned whether or not she consulted her ethereal advisers when planning to attend an event such as an opening. Not once, however, did I think I would meet her, again.
Move ahead many more years, to 2007. Attending a charitable event for the Girls and Boys Club of Abiquiu, New Mexico, I mingled with the guests at the lovely home of our gracious hostess, Marsha Mason. I said hello to several old friends and in time, we sat outside at one, very long, Tuscan-style dining table. The setting was lovely: reflective lake, large expanse of manicured lawn, lights strung above us and a dusting of wispy clouds in the distance.
Near the completion of our delicious supper, an auctioneer quickly barked out his descriptions of items for auction. As I finished my last bit of dessert, he asked what we would pay for a hand-painted vase created by Marsha Mason. Hands rose and various members of the group announced their bids. The beautiful vase sold for a good price and another vase was, immediately, held up for all to see. A woman rose from the far end of the table and removed the vase from the auctioneer's hand. To my surprise, Shirley MacLaine was in attendance.
As Ms. MacLaine became the auctioneer, she walked closer and closer to where I sat. An actress in performance, she played to the crowd. To the vase, she added another item: a night at her home for four people. The original auctioneer yelled out, "Come on everyone, what price to spend the night with Shirley MacLaine!" We all laughed. Then Ms. MacLaine responded, "A night with me - on December 21, 2012!" Having heard about this Mayan date for the end of the world - or the transformation of all we know - I turned to her and quietly said, "That's not a very good date." She reacted with a slap up the back of my head. I was instantly awakened from my food stupor, realizing I was not a player in her show. Slightly embarrassed, I smiled and lifted my eyebrows. She continued selling her vase - and a night at her home, until the right price was reached.
When the auction concluded, I left the table and walked back to Ms. Mason's home and chatted with guests in the library. After a short while, I noticed Ms. MacLaine walking past a large picture window and I waited for her as she made her entrance. As she approached, I walked to her and said, "I can now tell all my friends I was slapped upside the head by Shirley MacLaine for rudely interrupting her performance!" She laughed, opened her arms wide, exclaiming, "Was that you?", as she hugged me and walked away with a wave and a "Good night", iridescent silk coat flowing into the starry evening.

A book, a brief encounter, a hug... while these brief moments with a famous person might be random coincidences, it does make me wonder about the simultaneity of events and the interconnectedness of everything. According to the laws of quantum physics, everything from the macroscopic to the microscopic consists of pure energy and is intricately interconnected with everything else. Another law, the spiritual law of attraction, states that as we focus on a thing, it will come into our lives. Although I never focused my thoughts on Ms. MacLaine, she entered my life twice (three times, if you count her book) - our lives briefly intertwining. As far as I know, my thoughts did not summon her. Be that as it may, if we are all connected in this great fabric of time and space, we should thoroughly enjoy the adventure and play our parts well. One never knows when that tap on the head will arrive to awaken us out of our reverie.
Shirley Maclaine website
Marsha Mason - Resting on the River website
Amazon: Out on a Limb
Ronald Frink Architects website
Geffen Playhouse website

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lark - Silverlake Cake Shop

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&Ms and a CHOCOLATE CAKE. I feel better"
Dave Barry, American Writer and Humorist
For me, cake is a serious topic, particularly when I'm about to lift a cake-filled fork up to my mouth to enjoy any kind of cake. I like it all - from chocolate mousse to carrot to white to lemon, to - you name it - including a crab cake. But, that's an entirely, different topic.
Of course, I can't eat cake every day (can I?) - wouldn't be good for me! But, secretly, I want to sneak away, fork in one hand, cake plate in the other - and I just want to eat cake - the whole cake, all by myself. No sharing. Honest. Everyone can relate.
So, why am I writing about cake (I love cake!)? Well, last week, I entered the words, "bakery" and "Silverlake" into the Google search engine and found, LARK - Silverlake Cake Shop. And I just about cried as I went from link to link on their site. There they were - one delicious looking cake after another. AND cupcakes! - and other bakery goods, too, of course. And to think, earlier that day I was reading about how to enter nirvana. So quickly were my thoughts manifested. Dreams do come true. If you have strongly desired something and it appears suddenly, as if always there - then, you understand. Nirvana = cake.
Lark Cake Shop is owned by James and Colleen Standish, who, along with pastry chef Sarah Hirata, architect Ana Henton and graphic artist David Etzen, opened the shop in July of 2007 (why didn't I know, sooner?).
Transforming an upholstery shop on Sunset Boulevard, the owners collected recipes and unique designs to present bakery goods which are "rich, sweet and delicious". They use fresh eggs and other ingredients, including Callebaut chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla in their recipes.
On top of everything else, the business tries, "... to minimize our environmental footprint by using only compostable cups, clamshell boxes, utensils and straws."
Another choice is always a "good thing" (thanks, Martha). What makes Silverlake so special? I say it has allot to do with cake - oh, and community, too, of course. But, when all is said and done, I'm so delighted we have another place for cake. Yum.

Honk, if you love cake!

Lark Cake Shop
3337 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 
Lark Cake Shop website

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