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.
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.
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.
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.