Friday, December 30, 2011

All Over the Place

“The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.”
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

And this spider's web made the lawn sculpture a little more charming. Kiss, kiss.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Laws of Proportion

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size”
Mark Twain 1835-1910

Another way of saying that everything is relative. This doll was not really lost but was an item for sale in my wife’s consignment store, as was the chair. Both the doll and the chair are long gone now.

Monday, December 26, 2011

About a Lamb

"Pipe a song about a Lamb!"
So I piped with merry cheer.
"Piper, pipe that song again;"
So I piped: he wept to hear.

"Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy cheer:"
So I sung the same again,
While he wept with joy to hear.

from Songs of Innocence, 
William Blake 1757-1827

It's was hard to resist this sweet little lamb with a smiley face back. We called her Lucy.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas to All

"…and too all a good night!"
Clement Clarke Moore 1779 - 1863

Be careful out there.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Struggle

“I enjoy the struggle, because the outcome is always better when there is a struggle.”
Mian Situ

This ice plant has found a way to survive among the lichen covered rocks of Monterey.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Bridge Over

“Life is a bridge over the sea of changes. Do not build a house on it.”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba 1926-2011

This is the Bixby Creek Bridge on California’s Big Sur coast. There are no houses on it except the mobile kind.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rainbow Run

“May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.”
Irish Blessing

Those Irish know how to bless.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Not Passing Wind

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”
Latin Proverb

The wind was not serving on this calm evening at the Altamont Pass Wind Farm near Livermore, California. I doubt oars would help much here. The Altamont Pass Wind Farm is the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world but it does have kind of a funny name.

Monday, December 12, 2011

House Paint

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
Twyla Tharp

And sometimes the art is the home. The owners of this shabby chic place like to paint colorfully but not too often.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nature Gives

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

This is an early morning view of the rocky Big Sur coast.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Creation

“Some advice: Do not paint too much after nature; art is an abstraction, derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation which will result than of nature.”
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903

Do you agree?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Strong Light

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

A new day begins in the Arizona desert. Just like the old days.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

What To Wear

“When in doubt wear red.”
Bill Blass 1922-2002

I’m not sure who did this sculpture  but it did get my attention. I came across it
outside a gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Later, Dude

"Surf now, apocalypse later"
beachside graffiti in California.

Or maybe photograph now, blog later.