Saturday, December 15, 2018

Erase From Your Calendar --- Day 7/280

Walk: Hood Errands, Vogue Theater (Boy Erased)
Distance: 4 miles

Drab, Depressing, Unresolved, Erase from your list. (although good acting from three fine actors).

Friday, December 14, 2018

Love is in the Air --- Day 7/279

Walk: Errands before rain
Distance: Just a mile, Yoga

When Ciwt goes to SFMOMA she often stops for a bowl of daily fresh soup at Cafe 5.  Light, airy, comfortable for museum goers - and pigeons that walk in from the sculpture garden heads a bobble.
Most Cafe 5 diners find them charming, but the occasional person runs from the cafe upon seeing them.  Very freestyle is Cafe 5.  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Looking --- Day 7/278

Walk: SFMOMA, Marin Driving Day
Distance: 2 miles, yoga

SFMOMA, Eyes on Johannes Brus (German, 1942) Exhibition of Photography and Sculpture

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our Eiffel --- Day 7/267

Walk: Hood
Distance:  2 miles, small yoga

The enormous Salesforce Tower was quite the soft, ethereal spectacle from Lyon Street this late winter evening.  It is usually Ciwt's least favorite new addition to San Francisco's rapidly growing skyline, but tonight she found it lovely, even hopeful.   

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Still-Life?! --- Day 7/276

Walk: de Young (Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey)
Distance: 1.5 miles, Yoga

Vincent Van Gogh, Bedroom at Arles, 1889  Paul Gauguin, Self Portrait with Yellow Christ, 1890-91

So usually when Ciwt thinks of  the artist Paul Gauguin she has images like those above in her mind.
Gauguin's friendship and time in Arles with Van Gogh, his many self portraits, his Yellow Christs and spiritual quest.  Or she thinks of the Tahitian girls he is so famous for painting. 
Paul Gauguin, Arearea, 1892

What she doesn't think of is fairly traditional imagery like a vase of flowers.  But there one one was, a lovely (and intentionally sellable, on order from his Parisian dealer) still-life of European flowers painted while he was in Tahiti.

  Paul Gauguin, Flowers and Cats, 1899

Nor in connection with Gauguin does she think of wood carvings or experimental ceramics.  But they are all there in the de Young's current - and first - Gauguin show running through early April 2019.  In some ways Ciwt found the show disappointing because the Gauguin we all know is only present in a few works. But in other ways presenting Gauguin in a more contemporary and expanded light was stimulating and thought-provoking which is no small feat with famous artists. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

And then there were none.... --- Day 7/275

Walk: Iyengar Institute SF
Distance: 3 miles, Yoga actual class

Ciwt was looking forward to giving art tours for the next three days.  But today she got three cancellations instead. (All by one organization).

Luckily they weren't the type of cancellations pictured above.  Those are British North Borneo stamps from 1889.  Very valuable, particularly cancelled ones which can 'prove' their legitimacy.  Except when the cancellation bars are fakes!  Turns out only the middle stamp above is good; the other two are fakes.

So, there are cancellations and there are cancellations - and Ciwt now has three free days and all legitimate stamps in her desk drawer.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tis the (Music) Season ---- Day 7/274

Walk: Cavalry Presbyterian Church Concert
Distance: Half mile, Medium yoga

Ciwt joins other family members in not being able to carry a tune.  When by some fluke she made the high school choir, her friends voted her president because they thought it was such a joke. Thankfully for all concerned, Ciwt declined the position as well as her place in the choir.

But she's always admired those with good voices and the opportunities that gift opens - being a qualified member of a choir for one. By chance, a church just down the block from Ciwt has one of the most admired music programs in San Francisco, so Ciwt can walk to their concerts throughout the year.

Of course, there are Numerous ones during the holiday season.  Gorgeous to listen to but also extensive and exacting enough to make tone deaf Ciwt secretly relieved all she has to do is walk down the block and listen.  The choir members themselves, - those volunteer, chruch members with beautiful voices - commit hour after hour, day after day, week after week to learning words (often in ancient or foreign languages), rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing.    

Tra la.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Not For Everybody --- Day 7/273

Walk: AMC Kabuki (At Eternity's Gate)
Distance: 1 mile 

A movie art and/or Willem DaFoe lovers will appreciate.