Saturday, February 18, 2017

Outrunning --- Day 5/363 (3 more days)

Walk: All over the place
Distance: 6+ miles

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Ciwt was out running errands and outrunning cabin fever as well as the next storm that's about to blow in.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fall is for Old Masters --- Day 5/362 (4 more days to Year 6!)

Walk:  No.  (Wind and Rain ..Again)
Distance: 0, Nice Rainy Day Yoga (and reservation booking - see below)

Johannes Vermeer, ‘The Milkmaid,’ circa 1657-1658.
Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1657-1658, oil on canvas, 18" x 16"

Next up for travelling Ciwt is Vermeer and other old masters coming from Paris to the U.S. in the fall and then on to Ireland.
Thinking of her trip to commune with Henri Matisse Canvas Art Prints - Dance (II), 1910Ciwt is certainly Hoping Vermeer will be there. If he isn't, this time she has a good friend back there to laugh with!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Study Hall with Tulips --- Day 5/361

Walk: A Dock Sausalito, Legion of Honor
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga

Preparations begin for Ciwt's next art tour on Monet and Rodin.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bridge --- Day 5/360

Walk: Hi-Tech Nails, Golf Club for bridge
Distance: 1 mile and home yoga

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Image result for perfect bridge hand

Ciwt was busy today playing cards and doing yoga.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Club Show --- Day 5/359

Walk: Union Square (SF Playhouse: The Christians)
Distance: 1 mile

Partial View of Ciwt-curated photo show at her 'new' club

Not her idea but a club activity she was able help with (a lot).  Good way to add new dimensions to the club's offerings and to get to know more about members.  Here are a couple of favorites (with unaoidable reflections in the glass).




Monday, February 13, 2017

Expertise --- Day 5/358

Walk: Monday Errands, Clay Theater (Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation)
Distance: 2.2 miles, small yoga

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Henri Matisse, The Dessert: Harmony in Red (best known as The Red Room), 1908. 
oil on canvas, 70.9" x 86.6"

This wonderful Red painting which was in Paris for the show Ciwt went to see is considered one of Matisse's masterpieces.

It also has a host of scholars who have written or lectured about how inventive it was for Matisse to have painted the red color last, defying the classic manner since the renaissance of painting the ground color first.  On and on these art experts go about how the red comes right up to the blue in some sections, how brave and quietly defiant Matisse was to have painted in such an unorthox way, how inventive, how sly.  On and on as Ciwt said.

Well, not so fast, experts.  When Count Schchukin saw and contracted with Matisse to buy The Red Room, it was entitled Study in Blue.  Because it was blue - everywhere you see red.  But after Schchukin returned to Russia and before the painting was sent, Matisse decided it would work better in red.  And voila.

So the painting Schchukin took possession turned out to be red.  His reaction: uncrate it and proudly hang it on his wall beside his growing collection of Matisses.  This trust in an artist is nearly unheard of.  Most collectors would have a fit, demand their money back, maybe even take the artist to court if a painting they had paid for arrived totally changed. Such was Schchukin's deep understanding and belief in Matisse that he knew Matisse's/the artist's process was of supreme importance.  No over analyzing for him.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dullness Prevails --- Day 5/357

Walk:Cinema Clu (A Week and a Day)
Distance: 2 miles 

Ciwt is creatively tapped out for today (Maybe cuz of dull, dull, super dull movie at Cinema Club)....Hope to catch you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Good News Items --- Day 5/356

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema (Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action)
Distance: 3.8 miles

Finally...the good news about Ciwt's unfunny 2nd day in Paris.  You know, the one where the iconic of all iconic paintings wasn't at the art show she traveled abroad to see.  Ciwt had read about a special film about the painting (at the time wondering why they were having it and the painting).  When the film was the only access to the painting, she went rather pessimistically into the room where it was showing.  Well!!  It was a large room with enormous walls acting as screens for the painting, it's companion Music Image result for music by henri matisse and video re-enactments of aspects of the painting, the collection, the relationship between Matisse and Count Schchukin, the art/historical situation in Russia at the time the collection was being assembled, and other engaging and informative aspects of the Icons show.  To Ciwt's visual memory, the colors of both paintings were absolutely true, and the even larger size was stunning. Without being pollyanna, Ciwt can say that she had a deeper (although different) encounter with the painting than if she had simply looked at it.  She also appreciated the hush in the room; all the viewers as respectful as Ciwt herself - which can actually be said of the whole show.

The second piece of good news was that the Matisses that were there were spectacular.  She is of the opinion that at least 70% of the Best Matisse paintings before his last period, the Cutouts, are in Russia - originally in the Schchukin collection.  And there they were!  
   One after another, joyous Rooms of them!

The third piece of good news is that The Painting hangs in St. Petersburg in the Hermitage permanant c ollection. So, if you ever hear of Ciwt going to St. Petersburg, you know what she's up to.  Let hope though she goes on a day when the painting is there (not out for restoration or something) and maybe she's with someone with a Great sense of humor!