A global guide to LIVING CREATIVELY

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


CHOCOLATS du CaliBresson
Jean-Michel Carre - Chocolatier
Jean-Michel created Le CaliBressan in 1996 and for those fortunate enough to live in or near Santa Barbara, CA, you will find this wonderful shop at:
1114 State Street, #25
La Arcada
To find out more: Chocolats du CaliBressan

Thursday, January 26, 2012

KidsGoGlobal-Shop + Give

Support Your Favorite Non Profit or School

Last December our favorite restaurant, Canelé, invited us to one of their festive open houses. With tables moved to the perimeter of the restaurant, artisans sold their wares, while we talked with friends and enjoyed delicious appetizers and Prosecco.
Charlotte Culina, owner of Kids Go Global, was stationed at one of the tables. Her company sells fair trade and eco-friendly items where 15% of each sale is given to schools and non profit organizations. When making a purchase on their website, you may either give to an existing charity or school or specify your favorite. Simply by linking to the registration form and filling it out - and with research and approval form Kids Go Global - your choice will be added to their list of affiliates. For now, they include Smile Train, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and Holden's Hope Train, among others. According to Ms. Culina, "This may not be that big annual fundraiser for your school but if you looking at a few new computers or a school garden for example this could be the answer."
From the Kids Go Global website - statements regarding fair trade and eco-friendly standards for products are as follows:
"Simply put, Fair Trade is thinking about the people behind the products we’re buying and choosing to buy products that compensate the worker by paying them a fair, living wage."
"We have very carefully selected Green products that are recycled and recyclable, sweatshop- free, cruelty-free, PVC and lead-free, phthalates-free, BPA-free and in many cases 100% organic.  We are fortunate to have forged relationships with responsible eco-minded companies and hope that we can collectively make a difference in the future of our planet!"
Products include jewelry, bags and purses, paper goods, accessories, kitchen products, children's books, toys and crafts and, most recently, cleaning products - all for your shopping and giving pleasure.
Kids Go Global website
Chilanthropy Candle - Riverbed Bracelet

Go Fetch Backpack - Infant Socks
Dhaka Silk Scarf - Twinkle Twinkle Cuff

Bulk Cotton Paper - Yoga Planet Interactive Card Deck

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Clyfford Still Museum

Too many years ago, when I studied painting and drawing in San Francisco, I was intrigued with the work of artist, Clyfford Still. His paintings at the SF Museum of Modern Art always attracted me and quietly lured me into their jagged crevices of color and light.
Long after his death, I remember reading that within the will of the artist, he strongly desired the remainder of his work to be housed within a museum fully dedicated to his art, life and career (see, "The strange will of Clyfford Still", by Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News, Spotlight, January 6, 2012).
This morning I came across a posting on my reading list about the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, designed by Allied Works Architects. From the website of the architect:
"In 2007, Allied Works was selected to design the Clyfford Still Museum, a single-artist institution devoted to the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most influential and enigmatic painters."
"The galleries respond to the evolving character of Still’s art, changing scale and proportion, while varying the intensity of light."
In an article written by Leah Ollman (Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2011), she states,
"Clyfford Still was averse to showing his art in architectural settings that he considered either flamboyant or coldly impersonal, and he railed against anything that distracts viewers from the art itself."
From the photographs, it would appear that the designers were particularly sensitive to the artist's work. The exterior concrete, with its rusticated, hammered texture, seems to prepare the visitor for what is to appear inside; while the interior concrete, smooth and colored with a soft gray - along with the prerequisite stark white gallery walls - seems the quintessential background for displaying the artist's abstract paintings.
As an admirer of Still's work, I was pleased that the architecture (viewed via photography), while raw and beautiful in its own right, allows the work of the artist to shine.
Installation view of the inaugural exhibition
Installation view, Still's early figurative paintings
According to the museum fact sheet, the collection includes, "825 paintings, 1575 works on paper, three sculptures and archival materials such as letters, sketchbooks, and photographs." The building encompasses 28,500 square feet of space, including 10,000 sf of exhibition galleries, containing one of the "most comprehensive single-artist collections in the world."
I look forward to visiting the museum in the future and hope to return with photographs and a follow-up report. In the meantime, you may find out more about the museum and the architect by visiting the links provided below.

Clifford Still Museum
Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architects

Monday, January 23, 2012

Year 2 - T2F Living Creatively

Year 2
What began as a simple idea in 2010 has remained simple: a blog about creative expression. And each month we have added new viewers from all over the world.
As T2F-living creatively enters its third year in February 2012, our goal is to continue to present stories about imaginative, talented people and creativity in all its forms.
Following is a selection of photographs illustrating the past year.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing prosperity to everyone - 2012
Photo: Caseman, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valérie Buess

Artist, Valérie Buess
Amazonenhelm, 20 x 16 x 22 cm
What does Valérie Buess have in mind when she sits with an old book in hand, transforming its pages into sea creatures or other organic forms; a metamorphosis completely twisting the mind into wonder?
Taking a well-known material and painstakingly working it until each element is retooled into another familiar, unearthly object, Ms. Buess extracts the extraordinary from the ordinary.
boycotting the original content, 21 x 16 x 7.5 cm
A fan of twisted, braided paper  - a once familiar book - never to be read again - instead to be enjoyed as something new and as inspirational as its former self.
cloud 2, 30 x 28 x 65 cm

Above, a cluster of violet "sea anemones", their tendrils once held as flat pages in a reader's hands.
While origami was transformed into an art form at the beginning of Japan's Edo period, I wonder what an artist of that time would make of Ms. Buess' captivating paper sculptures.

Ms. Buess is a Swiss artist, living in Germany. She has been included in various exhibitions, internationally.
Ms. Buess is, not only a sculptor, but also a photographer. A couple of examples are shown below.
For more information about these and other work, please visit her website: Valérie Buess

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Canelé, anyone?

It was October 26, 2010 when we published a story about one of our favorite restaurants, Canelé. Today, they are recognized by LA Weekly (Tien Nguyen), as one of the 10 Best Breakfast Spots in Los Angeles! Congrats!
Mr. Nguyen writes:
Canelé's rustic, seasonal brunch menu certainly seems innocuous enough. "Thick French toast," for example, or a "side" of "baked pancake with meyer lemon custard." As it turns out, this "thick French toast" is a trio of inches-high slabs of French toast, ridiculously crispy on the outside, wonderfully custardy on the inside. The "baked pancake" is what happens when a pancake meets a tart, a fluffy concoction served in a ramekin and topped with a custard just lemony enough to offset the sweetness of the dough. The savories, like the fried faro with eggs and sriracha, are just as good, and that house-cured bacon! Is everything you want in bacon, and then some. That the dishes are nothing you expect - only infinitely better - is endearing, in a way, as if the restaurant is much too shy to ever tell you that the best brunch in Los Angeles is served up between its lil' ol' brick walls. We'll be a pal and toot its horn on its behalf: this is indeed the best in the city.
Canelé•3219 Glendale Blvd•Los Angeles•(323) 666-7133.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie

It all began with a recipe from Epicurious.com (Bon Appetite, February 2003)
Although delicious as is, the recipe did not include carrots or corn, and whipping cream is usually not part of our diets. So, we improvised a bit. As my Mom would have said, so long ago, "It needed 'doctoring'." So we took the basic recipe, changed and added to it - not knowing what to expect in the end.
As we lifted that first morsel and began eating, it was perfect; perfumed with the subtlety of herbs and topped with a store-bought pastry sheet which was crispy delectable.
So, we take you from an exceptional violinist to an equally exceptional singer to this - our recipe for Friday Night Chicken Pot Pie. (Recipe follows photos)

Friday Night Chicken Pot Pie
Yield: 4 - 6 servings
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
Bouquet garni of 6 parsley sprigs; 6 thyme sprigs; 1/3 cup celery leaves; 2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon butter or Ghee
1 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup of low fat milk or 3/4 cup low fat milk, mixed with 1/4 cup lite sour cream
1 10-ounce russet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup frozen corn
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter 11 x 17" glass baking dish. Roll out pastry on lightly floured surbace to 13 x 9" rectangle. Transfer to baking sheet and chill.
Place herbs onto a large square of 2 layers of moistened cheesecloth. Gather cheesecloth and tie securely.
Melt butter or Ghee in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced celery and shallots; saute 5 minutes. Add broth and bouquet garni; bring to boil. Add chicken. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken is just cooded through, about 12-15 minutes. Remove chicken. Increase heat to medium; boil mixture until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Add low-fat milk or low-fat milk with lite sour cream, combined and return to boil. Add potato and carrot cubes; cover and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Using tongs, remove bouquet garni, squeezing juices back into pan. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and add to pan. Mix in peas and carrots. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with pastry; press overhang to sides of dish. Bake until golden, about 35-40 minutes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jennifer Nettles - Voice

Jennifer Nettles, Kennedy Center Honors 2011
There's something special about this singer. It's not only her exceptional voice, it also has something to do with charisma and heart. If you have not heard Ms. Nettles sing, we know you will enjoy this video of her on stage at Kennedy Center - singing to honor Neil Diamond.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Regina Carter at the Lobero

Jazz at the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
Appearing at the Lobero Theater, Friday, February 24 @ 8:00 pm, violinist, Regina Carter will perform from her new CD, "Reverse Thread".

From the Lobero website:
From the varied schools of classical music conservatories and R+B, this inventive violinist explores new territories as she blends world influences into the vocabulary of straight ahead jazz. Her sophisticated technique and lush tone took the jazz world by surprise; and through her albums, incessant touring and various guest appearances and collaborations, Regina has developed into a distinctly diverse musical personality. She has toured throughout the world, was the first jazz artist and African-American to play Niccolo Paganini's famed Guarneri "Cannon" violin, has been featured with several symphony orchestras and performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige.
“A talented, charismatic player who is almost single-handedly reviving interest in the violin as a jazz instrument.” ― Los Angeles Times
A "must see"!
For more information:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Holly Hunt Collection

Discriminating Taste • Elegance
Holly Hunt Showroom - Los Angeles
Frequently, we visit StumbleUpon or our blog's reading list to find stories or items for new postings. Today, while "thumbing" through our sources, the Holly Hunt Showroom came to mind. Along with our clients, we recently visited the showroom and, as usual, thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A pleasure to walk through, the showroom is enjoyed, not only for its contents, but also for its calm, spare elegance.
We understand why Ms. Hunt is referred to as "an arbiter of refined taste, her eye for what is now and what's next has lead to her success."
From the Holly Hunt website:
Known for a look that is consistently at the forefront of style and quality, HOLLY HUNT showrooms and collections lead the industry in luxury home furnishings. The company designs, produces and showcases custom made product including indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, rugs, textiles, and leathers.
Here's our quick-pick of furnishings and lighting from the Holly Hunt Showroom. We hope you enjoy and appreciate them as much as we do. For more information, links are presented below.
Hadrien Daybed, designer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte

Aileron Occasional Chair, designer, Christophe Pillet

Siena Indoor Dining Table, Holly Hunt Studio
Beacon Pendant, Alison Berger

Damask Rug with Borders

Split Dining Table, Holly Hunt Studio

Paris II Table Lamp

Kolom Hanging Light, designer, Kevin Reilly
Holly Hunt Showroom
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