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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lazy Xmas Morning

From Fine Cooking Magazine
What better than to wake up Christmas morning and sit down for breakfast!
Fine Cooking Magazine shares several recipes which can all be prepared the night before. So, get out of bed, sit down and start your day.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Foundation:
5th December 2013
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.
We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.
We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.
Hamba Kahle Madiba

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Georgia O'Keefe + Lake George

through January 26, 2013
If you have not seen this exhibition - and if you live in Santa Fe or will be visiting before January 26 - please do. It is a beautifully presented show!
Georgia O’Keeffe, Lake George, 1922.
Oil on canvas, 16 1/4 x 22 in.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California.
Gift of Charlotte Mack, 52.6714
From the museum website:
The Hyde Collection, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, is organizing a first‑of‑its kind exhibition that will closely examine the extraordinary body of work created by O’Keeffe of and at Lake George. The exhibition will explore the full range of work by the artist from magnified botanical compositions of the flowers and vegetables that O’Keeffe grew in her garden, to a group of remarkable still lifes of the apples and pears that she picked on the property. O’Keeffe became fascinated with the variety of trees – cedars, maples, poplars, and birches – that grew in abundance at Lake George, and they were the subject of at least twenty‑five compositions. Telescopic views of a single leaf or pairs of overlapping leaves were another recurring motif during O’Keeffe’s Lake George years, resulting in some twenty‑nine canvases. Architectural subjects, including paintings of the weathered barns and buildings on the Stieglitz property that blend the descriptive and the abstract, emerged as a theme, as did a number of panoramic landscape paintings and bold, color‑filled abstractions that often visually related to the subjects she was working on at the time. All of these themes will be explored through a selection of approximately fifty‑five works from public and private collections.
Like many artists of her generation and earlier ones as well, O’Keeffe painted throughout the summer and fall and transported canvases back to her New York studio for completion and exhibition in the spring. During this highly productive decade, O’Keeffe created more than two hundred paintings on canvas and paper in addition to sketches and pastels, making the Lake George years among the most prolific and transformative of her seven‑decade career. This period also coincided with O’Keeffe’s first critical success and professionalization as an artist; yet, Lake George is often portrayed as an annoyance from which she tried to escape. As this exhibition will demonstrate, Lake George served as a rural retreat for the artist, providing the basic material for her art, while evoking the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s modern approach to the natural world.
In 1923, Georgia O’Keeffe enthusiastically wrote to her friend Sherwood Anderson, “I wish you could see the place here – there is something so perfect about the mountains and the lake and the trees – Sometimes I want to tear it all to pieces – it seems so perfect – but it is really lovely – And when the household is in good running order – and I feel free to work it is very nice.”'
Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George was organized by the Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The national presentations of the exhibition and catalogue have been made possible in part with support from The Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support and related programming were made possible in part by a generous grant from The Burnett Foundation, and partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax, and Century Bank. Additional support for the catalogue has been provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M Kaplan Fund.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Zuni Cafe

Many years ago, I lived in San Francisco and from time to time dined at the Zuni Café. It was not easy getting into the Zuni. The food was, from the beginning, legendary. Among the menu items, was a Roast Chicken - a whole roasted chicken, which took time to prepare - but, was worth the wait.
When Judy Rogers passed away recently, she left us with an exceptional place to dine, a special cookbook (The Zuni Café Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant) and all that goes with the art of fine food.

Learn more about Ms. Rogers:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Six Selections

Los Angeles:overcast sky:Tuesday Recommendations
From stunning architecture to clever illustration to luxury travel to design alchemy to a lighting installation - and finally, to an interview with famous chef, Alice Waters - our six recommendation for Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Look + Learn.
Ardmore Residences, Singapore - UNStudio
from Contemporist

Beppe Giacobbe (Illustrator) interview from Coolhunting 
Legendary Blue Train, Pretoria to Cape Town from Coolhunting

A mix of math and design (Alchemy) from Coolhunting

Arturo Alvarez lighting installation (TINA collection)
from Contemporist

Six Questions for Alice Waters from FOOD52

November Garden

In November, the garden puts its feet up and relaxes after a season of hard work. No longer thriving, plants wind-down, roses give their last blooms, leaves fall, light weakens.
While most plants chill out, winter vegetables are at the beginning of their journey. And succulents brighten.
This is our garden, mid-November - Silverlake.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lidia's New Kitchen

T2F has posted several stories about Lidia and Joe Bastianich and we were excited to learn about a new show airing on PBS. While we love the small, homey kitchen used in previous programs, we learn that Ms. Bastianich will be cooking in a spacious new kitchen.
The new show is based in what Lidia refers to as common sense, seasonal Italian cooking. Accompanying the program is a beautifully illustrated cookbook titled, Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking (written with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali). We hope you enjoy this short video. And remember,  we all meet at the dining table, not only to eat - but also to spend quality time with friends and family. And as Lidia and family would say,  "Tutti a tavola a mangiare!"

Lidia Bastianich Website, Facebook

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Mixed Bag

All is one
Starting a business is creative from start to finish - thus, we recommend Blissoma Vegetarian Skin Care products.
We also include Seattle's US Federal Center South, designed by ZGF Architects.
And while it may seem odd to include in this mix the venerable Gopi Krishna, we think there is no separation between form and spirit.
And our last recommendation refers you to a New York exhibition and auction of fine and rare classis automobiles.
Enjoy our finds from the world-wide blogosphere!
Blissoma - from Coolhunting

Federal Center South Bldg. 1202 by ZGF Architects
from Contemporist

Gopi Krishna interviewed - from Zen Master YouTube

Art of the Automobile - from Coolhunting

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Young artist-designer

and more!
When I was a child, my Mom always created and made our Halloween costumes. One year, Mom asked me what I wanted to be and I answered, "A Matador!" Matador? Perhaps it was her idea, I'm not sure. But, within a day, my costume was completed - brightly colored, short jacket and peddle-pusher pants, all color coordinated - sequins, delicately sewn along all the outer seams. Somewhere, she found the appropriate hat and long white socks, and with a black mask, I was set for the big day.
Recently, our neighbor mentioned that her daughter created a very special costume: Catty Corn. When I saw her drawing, I got it immediately. I still remember those stingingly sweet candies, white at the top, orange in the center and yellow at the bottom - all sugar, all the time. 
This crazy corn sports ears, a small yellow cap, and, of course, whiskers. Who ever heard of crazy corn with ears and whiskers? Well, Sofya did. This impressive blending of two, seemingly disparate, things is something which only a child could imagine. As a result, a new Halloween costume is invented. 
I think, next year I want to be Catty Corn - with Sofya's permission, of course.
(Below, are Sofya's Halloween costume and several other drawings of cats. Enjoy all of them!)

Last year, Sofya submitted an original short story. View it, here.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Geffen Playhouse

The Founder's Room of the Geffen Playhouse is completely refurnished. From new carpet, to all new furnishings and cabinetry, Ronald Frink Architects is honored to have been chosen as designer. The room will be rededicated this evening (October 16, 2013).
Check back - photographs will be posted in the near future!
RFA redesigned the playhouse, along with a new addition - completed in 2005.
Please view our earlier story, here.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Cover Art

In an earlier posting regarding Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild - from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail, I mentioned how influenced I am by book covers.
Today, I came across an article in Arts Beat - Book Covers: Before and After, by John Williams. Mr. Williams writes,
...four book designers discuss recent examples of their work. Each designer shared early concepts for a cover as well as the final design that ended up on the book.
Please follow this link to learn more about artists who illustrate meaning.
Below, one of several cover designs by Elena Giavaldi - for, Brave Genius, a Sean B. Carroll book.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Santa Fe Clay

and Small Treasures
November 1 - December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5-7 pm

The gallery at Santa Fe Clay will present two exhibitions in November. One show will feature father and son potters, David and Matt Repsher. The second exhibit will showcase a collection of small-scaled ceramic pieces from twenty invited artists from the Santa Fe Clay stable.
Generations pass down traditions and skills, and this is the case with father and son, David and Matt Repsher. They recently spent time together creating a body of work in David’s home studio in Pennsylvania. All the artwork was then fired in their salt/wood kiln on-site. They worked side by side, making pots in the studio, interacting, sharing ideas and processes. Some of the pieces shown will include individual artworks, and some are collaborative pieces.

Small Treasures is a collection of hand-picked artwork curated by Avra Leodas. These pieces are perfectly scaled and priced to suit your holiday gift giving. The work ranges in style from functional pots with decorative drawings, to abstract sculptures demonstrating the oddities of nature, to small narrative figurative pieces.
Contact: Amy Slater, (505)-984-1122, sfc@santafeclay.com
545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
Tel: 505-984-1122 Fax: 505-984-1706

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Oggetti Belle

It has been awhile since we've posted recommendations. Today, we present lovely "eye-candy" - elegantly designed, beautiful objects for everyday use.
From shiny, voluptuously shaped brassware, to colorful hanging lamps, to sustainable sunglasses, elegant glassware and cookware, and finally to a ring that informs.
Alex Meitlis, Brassware Collection

Capsula, Lucie Koldova

Three Sustainable Sunglasses, from Coolhunting

Louche, by Mathias Hahn - Okay Studio

Palma Caste Iron Cookware, Jasper Morrison for Oigen

Ring Clock by Szikszai Gusztv - New Tech Reviews Gadgets

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's Frances Reading?

From her recent blog posting, Frances Mayes shares her summer reading list. Here's what the author read:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Canada by Richard Ford

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

Other books, in a stack, await Ms. Mayes.
You will enjoy, not only book selections, but stories about wine (Tuscan Sun Wines), a new roof at Bramasole, a "starry night dinner at our mountain house", and two new cat additions.
Photographs from:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Encounter with Nature

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A curved room of redwood trees is among my first recollections of being outside the city and in nature. We called it a room, a meeting place for the three of us: my younger brother, our friend, and me.
From San Francisco, our parents drove 60 miles and entered the beauty and calm of the Russian River countryside in northern California.
Each summer, we made our way to "the river" to join our friends at their countryside cabin, sometimes for several days, sometimes for a week or more. The outside was our living space, our living room. First thing each morning, we ate our breakfast at the patio table under the trellis. Then, we spent a short while across the street, playing in our room surrounded by the trees. After lunch and after the fog lifted, we found our way to the river, slipped on our inner tubes and paddled out to the demarcation rope, separating shallow from deep. Returning home, we showered, ate dinner, played cards or board games - all outside - then went to bed, telling each other scary stories before we slept.
Those innocent days spent outdoors, with trees, and shrubs - with insects, lizards, with bees and ants - with dirt on our knees, in our hair, covering our clothes, introduced me to nature. Her rhythms of sun and moon, of wind and fog, of long summer days and cool nights, left an indelibly etched mark on me. 
Recently, while walking through Ganna Walska Lotusland (Montecito, California), I felt much the same as when I was a child. One cannot walk Ms. Walska's garden paths without experiencing her passion, joy and playfulness.

Our small Silverlake garden, although restrained and simple, is our microcosm of nature. Although we manicure our plants, periodically, we also permit our garden to grow and develop as naturally as possible. We feed and water, plant each specimen where it does best, and make allowances for happy accidents. At the peak of summer, our garden vibrates with alive-energy. This is what I felt at Lotusland. This is what I feel in our own garden.

Personal gardens are what they are because of their designers and custodians. Ms. Walska was wonderfully animated and unafraid of dazzle - in her dress, her personality and her garden. Our garden reflects our simplicity, our quiet. Primal nature reflects the wild tendencies of Mother Nature. She is calm or energetic, gentle or strong. She is filled with light or darkness. These dualities exist in all gardens.
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