Monday, October 20, 2014

But I 'Just' Bought Them --- Day 3/279

Walk: Balboa Theater, Laurel Village
Distance: 2 miles

New season means go to the closet and try on fall/winter shoes.  Which Ciwt did and Wha?!? A bunch of them that are either old favorites or quite new didn't fit right/weren't comfortable.  She thought she'd done something wrong in buying them but then found an informative article by a Bally expert who explained that as the foot ages, it spreads out.  Ie, for all of us, men and women alike, our feet become longer and wider.  It happens faster for unstructured sneaker and flip-flop wearers -  and probably at lightning speed for yoga teachers like Ciwt.

Heeere's the article (sorry) ..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best of All --- Day 3/278

Walk: Cinema Club (Laggies), Laurel Village
Distance: 4.5 miles and home yoga

Best of all is Fall.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mon Dieu --- Day 3/277

Walk: Sundance Kubiki (NTL - Streetcar Named Desire)
Distance: 2 miles

Ciwt's building recently experienced some dryrot; a scary condition that is uncovered board by board, and you don't know ahead of time where it might stop.  Luckily the damage at Ciwt's building turned out to be minor.

But, not so, with the French Consulate a couple of blocks down the street and pictured above.  Mon Dieu, the view goes straight through.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leo Holub Shooting Anderson Collection Stars --- Day 3/276

Martin Puryear, Accord, New York, 1992

Ciwt always enjoys seeing portraits of artists, and the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University does not disappoint.

As they were collecting, Hunk and Moo Anderson commissioned their friend, beloved Stanford Professor and founder of the University's photography program, Leo Holub to take photos of of the featured artists in their collection.  So for ten years from the mid-1980's Holub (1916-2010) traveled around the country visiting studios of over 110 artists and quietly capturing them with a small Mamiya camera.  55 of these portraits are displayed in the Wisch Family Gallery on the ground floor of the new - and absolutely first rate! - museum building and - along with an excellent 'home movie' of the Andersons - allows the visitor to form a personal connection with the collectors and the artists before going upstairs to view the art works.

 Nathan Oliveira, Stanford 1982          Terry Winters, New York, 1992      

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park, 1984

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Youth Must Be Served -- Day 3/275

Walk: Novato, the Hood
Distance: 1.5 miles

Ciwt went out for a walk and saw this coming toward her.  She crossed to the other side of the street.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alta Plaza Park Meetings Continue --- Day 3/274

Walk: Union Square, Fillmore Street, Town School Meeting
Distance: 3.5 miles and home yoga


Working with neighbors to develop a Master Plan for Ciwt's  daily and favorite park: Alta Plaza.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

First Word of Roycroft Movement --- Day 3/273

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 1 mile and teach yoga class

A friend just returned from staying at the Roycroft Inn on the Roycroft Campus.  Ring bells with any of you?  Not Ciwt, so she is interested to learn about this arts and crafts community in the East Aurora, New York area and to consider it along with an excellent film of a symposium on Louis Comfort Tiffany she recently saw at the de Young.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Colliding with Rosenquist --- Day 3/272

Walk: Sloat Garden Center, Trader Joe's
Distance: 4 miles and home yoga practice

James Rosenquist, Spectator - Speed of Light, 2001, oil on linen, 72"x72"

There is something so energizing, exuberant - and to Ciwt joyful - about James Rosenquist's work whether it is one of his often enormous prints* or a work on canvas like the one above from the Meyerhoff Collection.  Every work of his is exploding off the canvas or paper, yet simultaneously contained.  He might start an image in the middle, toss it up in the air, have it run into by the next image but the viewer is not overwhelmed with chaos.  Rosenquist has clearly made and controlled these kinetic choices - usually making visual stories - and provided a vantage point for the viewer to reconsider familiar objects and how they interrelate with each other and ultimately, he hopes, his mind**.  All of which is not so say many of viewers don't feel breathless and/or confused.

* Scale, size and space have always been crucial for Rosenquist - who actually started painting billboards.  His print, Time Dust (1992) is thought to be the largest print in the world at 7' x 35.'  
**In his 2009 memoir Painting Below Zero he wrote "I want people who look at my (works) to be able to pass through the illusory surface ..and enter a space where the ideas in my head collide with theirs."