Monday, March 19, 2018

Another Type of Art --- Day 7/26

Walk: Presidio and Hood
Distance: 4.5 miles, a little PT, a little yoga

    Saturate Before Using album cover by Gary Burden (d. 3/19/18)

Ciwt was no hipster and didn't know much about who did the art for record covers.  But she vividly remembers the simple, straight-forward, almost architectural, look of this Jackson Browne album. She didn't really know Browne's music (It was Browne's (impressive!) debut album) so she bought it largely for the cover. Turned out the cover captured something of the essence of then 23 year old Browne and his music.  Ciwt ended up listening often at home and again and again and again on tapes during marathon road trips to Sun Valley.  

A self-described 'bad boy,' he also got himself in occasional trouble for his art work. One year, for his cover of Richard Pryor's album, Roots, Burden reported he " two letters. One was a letter from the National Geographic Society's attorneys offering to sue him for defamation of their publication.  The second letter was a Grammy nomination for the best album cover."

A very 60-70's combination.  Burden did very well by his clients indeed in a career he, also in 60's style,  stumbled into.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Different Roots --- Day 7/25

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 4.5 miles, pedal

Presidio Tree Roots

Years ago Ciwt wanted a place where she could get out of the city and live in nature.  And  she was able to rent a lovely, light-filled, airy apartment in Inverness, West Marin.  It was on the ground floor nestled in a stand of gorgeous, tall pine trees, and she loved looking out the window directly onto the birds feeding and preening in the garden and feeling the protection of the trees.  Then one weekend after a ferocious storm she drove up to her natural paradise and was stopped by trucks and yellow tape strung across and blocking the driveway to her apartment.  So, she got out of her car, waited a while and then was given clearance to walk up the hill.

No more trees. Rather, no more standing trees. Twelve tall pines were now laying all over the grass.  The area was condemned and the property turned into a logging camp for the better part of a month.
By then, the owners who lived above her were freaked and didn't trust that the trees still standing wouldn't fall through their roof.  So Ciwt offered to move out of her little getaway in order for them to move in and feel safe.  So ended Ciwt's idyllic second home in the country.

The loggers and trees experts explained that the trees that fell had 'shallow root systems."  Ciwt didn't quite get what they meant.  She had a midwestern child's image of trees: huge sturdy oaks whose roots went down, down into the earth which she applied to all tall trees when she moved West.  Finally today, looking at pines in the Presidio, she got a new image and understood what "shallow root system" means.

Luckily the National Parks Service, Presidio and Golden Gate National Parks Conservatory collablorate to manage the trees within the Presidio.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Calvin's Gold --- Day 7/24

Walk: Hood
Distance: 2.6 miles, PT, Pedal, Yoga

Ciwt stayed out of yesterday's elements, but luckily Calvin H didn't. At Ocean Beach at 8:30 a.m. he  captured this glorious double rainbow dropping its pot of gold into the Cliff House.  

Pleez Xcuse --- Day 7/23 (1)

Walk: Storm!
Distance: 0, Yoga, PT

Dear CIWT Reader,

Plee xcuse Ciwt from writin toDay.  She is so sic with her semIanual go rond with
Loukeemia.  It cums every yeer in aLLegee seeson for sum reesin.

Ciwt's Frend,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Up, Out, In, Down - Repeat 30 times --- Day 7/22

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: 0 essentially

Rain?  No, problem: Ciwt's home gym awaits.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Soon to be In Charge Again --- Day 7/21

Walk: Hood Errands
Distance: 2 miles, PT, Yoga, Pedal

Here we go again with another cat post.  Ciwt apologizes.  For five months she was virtually alone in her home nursing her ailing knee.  Everything was Totally under control, shipshape, undemanding (except for PT) and every inch was hers.  Then came two adorable little home wreckers and a whole bunch of people who want to take her art tours.  Ciwt will regain control, and CIWT will no longer have cat entries - soon.  Hang in there.  (You know the poster image for that phrase ... πŸ˜‘)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grande-est, Please --- Day 7/20

Walk: Hood and Beyond Errands
Distance: 3 miles, PT

Ciwt isn't even a coffee drinker, but she's ready to become one.  Are you still adjusting to Daylight Savings Time too?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Jigger, the Doc! --- Day 7/19

Walk: No, Cats to the Vet and other cat errands, then rain
Distance: Few Blocks

Ciwt knows cat pics are a cop out, but getting two cats to one vet appointment and then doing follow up errands for them was a full time job for her today.  Kind of a shock for her cats as well.  Patients and owners doing fine - (actually it was just a new cat follow up check).

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Horse Talk --- Day 7/18

Walk: Cinema Club, Japantown
Distance: 2.4 miles

             Charlie Plummer in Lean on Pete

Havng totally missed the message on Daylight Savings TimeCiwt arrived sleep deprived at her cinema club this morning. The film they screened Lean on Pete portraying grim, downbeat, interior loneliness did nothing to perk her up. She's never been a fan of 'down on America' anything. But she can't say conclusively "Don't go" because 15 year old Charlie Plummer - who is in virtually every scene - does a remarkable acting job. Plus the (young) critics so far and many members of her cinema club have given it very high marks. Is it bedtime yet?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Dark As Can Be --- Day 7/17

Walk: SF Opera House (Frankenstein)
Distance: 5 miles

Forget your stiff-legged Boris Karloff. Ciwt has never seen a ballet as psychologically and physically dark as San Francisco Ballet's Frankenstein. Flawlessly danced and conducted. Ciwt wonders if there was any kind of penalty paid by the principals who had to get into and dance such disturbing roles.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Immersed in Water --- Day 7/16

Distance: 3 miles, little yoga stretch

After avoiding the crowded building with lots of stairs while recovering from her knee surgery, Ciwt took another trip back to SFMOMA today.  She went to begin preparing for upcoming tours, but spent her time at a couple of new exhibitions instead. Both on the 7th, Contemporary Floor.  She went relunctantly because, in her opinion, the exhibitons on that floor have been a mess (for lack of better descriptive words) ever since the museum opened almost two years ago.  Except for one "Sound Scape" exhibition which was restful and wonderful.

Her favorite piece in that was porcelain bowls floating gently and randomly bumping into each other.
When they did, the whole room sounded of ethereal chimes.  And then quiet returned.  Some people sate for hours; it was that meditative.

Celeste Bursier-Mougenot, Clinamen v. 3, porcelain
bowls, plywoodp polyvinyl chloride, water pump,
resitance water heater and water

Johm Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea in which the Filmmaker explores man's relationship with the sea and its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict, literature, industry and other worldly and timeless matters.

Reviewers have called it "sublime," "ravishing," "awful," "utterly immersive."  Ciwt found it all that and more.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

All Full Today --- Day 7/15

Walk: No, Marin Driving Day (Sausalito HouseBoat!)
Distance: 0, Big PT/Yoga/Pedal

Ciwt always loves spending time with her friends on their immaculate and beautiful houseboat.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Not Quite Seduced --- Day 7/14

Walk: Legion of Honor (Casanova Exhibition)
Distance: Not far.  Drove.  No PT, yoga or anything.

Diarama from Casanova: the Seduction of Europe exhibiton at the Legion of Honor

The Legion has done a superlative job collecting and displaying 18th century paintings, costumes, furniture and furnishings and from all over the world for their current Casanova show.  If you a Canaletto fan 
Giovanni Antonio CanalRegatta View from Ca'Foscari, 1727, o/c

this show is a Must See.  There are more Caneletto's in this exhibition than there are in all of Italy, his home country. In case you wonder where the most Caneletto's hang, that would be in Buckingham Palace where the Royal Family have 50! Caneletto's on the wall of their dining room.

But, if you are like Ciwt, there is only so much interest you can bring to that man and his frivolous-appearing era .

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oscar Fashion Mystery --- Day 7/13

Walk: Walgreens for new Shingles Shot
Distance: 2 miles

Ciwt was mystified when one of her more fashionable friends texted to say she LOVED Frances McDormand's Oscar dress.  Ciwt loves most things about McDormand, but she didn't love that dress  .  To Ciwt, watching on TV,  it was kind of a green blur that made FMcD's face and hair look green as well.

So how could her friend have loved it - and thought it was just perfect for the two time Oscar winner?
It turned out her friend hadn't actually seen the Oscars and saw the dress the next day in pictures.  Here are dress and star again in good lighting
Beautifully crafted dress that captures something about McDormand's essence, vibrant skin, blond hair.

Mystery solved.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Oscar Grows Up --- Day 7/12

Walk: Hood
Distance: 2.5 miles, PT, Yoga

Ciwt thought it was her first grown up Oscars last night. The Oscar fashion statements said it all.
Everyone, woman and man, looked lovely.  There were so many Best Dressed, she'll just feature a few of the men.  The only exception she can remember was some man who sported an old 'un grown up - look at me' jacket with short sleeves and long white cuffs.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dim Bulb Math--- Day 7/11

Walk: Laurel Village/Hood
Distance: 2 miles, (PT, yoga while watching Oscars)

While she was watching Daniel Day-Lewis yesterday, Ciwt was sorry to have missed the First Annual American Tulip Day right downtown on Union Square. As her followers know, tulips are right up at the top of Ciwt's List of Favorite Works of Art. If she had to choose from a created work, a Matisse painting and a natural one, a vase of fresh tulips, she's not sure which direction she would go.

Now the financially unattainable Matisse of course, but once upon a time those tulips would have sold for more than a Matisse would fetch today.  In the Netherlands during 'tulipmania' (ca. 1634-1637) and well before Matisse, promise of a single tulip bulb might have been enough to secure a mansion on one of Amsterdam's canals. "Promise" because people didn't have actual tulip bulbs in hand during the mania. What the "owner' bought was a piece of paper that gave "Proof of Ownership" of a tulip bulb that was apparentlygrowing in a field somewhere. And that Proof of Ownership paper could be sold to someone else, then someone else again at an increasingly higher, virtually limitless price. You can begin to see the problem; sadly most tulip 'investors' lost everything.

But the flowers are so beguilingly beautiful, Ciwt can understand wanting to 'own' them - in bulk.  The most sought after and therefore expensive were the striped  
and flamed varieties.  Luckily Ciwt prefers the solid colored ones - so maybe she would still have had a little of her money when the tulip bubble burst.

All the better to pay her fare into the movie theaters so she could watch with (some) interest hour after hour of Oscar presentations over the years.  The Red Carpet  pre-pre-ceremonies begin soon for this year's epic.  If time is money, she has a huge investment in the Oscars and doesn't want to miss a minute.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Red Carpet Predictions Time --- Day 7/10

Walk: Presidio Theater (Phantom Thread x2)
Distance: 3 miles, PT, Yoga

Best Actor

Ciwt is just home from seeing Daniel Day-Lewis's 'hallowed' performance in Phantom Thread for the second time.  The only movie she went to twice this year (unusual) and the only category she will throw something across the room if her favorite doesn't win an Oscar.  Gary Oldman is consistently outstanding in whatever movie he's in including this year's Darkest Hour, but Day-Lewis is in a category all his own.

She's steeled for Best Actress disappointment.  Sally Hawkins should win for literally carrying The Shape of Water, but she won't get the Oscar.  Frances McDormand will which is fine with Ciwt.

Oh wait, there's a second disappointment she's expecting: Willem daFoe whose supporting actor performance gave The Florida Project humanity and soul.  And please, please don't give Supporting Actress to Allison Janney.  Like the real mother, Janney was an off-the-charts bitch in I, Tonya, but how hard is that to play, especially when there are videos of the prototype?

Okay, here go the rest of Ciwt's predictions. 

Best Picture                                                The Shape of Water*
Best Director                                              Guillermo del Toro
Best Actor                                                  Daniel Day-Lewis !!!!
Best Actress                                               Frances McDormand
Best Supporting Actor                               Sam Rockwell
Best Supporting Actress                            Laurie Metcalf* (although probably Allison Janney)
Animated Feature                                      Coco
Cinematography                                        The Shape of Water*   
Costume Design                                        The Shape of Water
Documentary Feature                                ? Ciwt missed doc this year due to house arrest
Documentary Short Subject                       Ditto
Film Editing                                               Dunkirk
Foreign Language                                     The Insult
Makeup and Hairstyling                            ? Ciwt only saw one nominee
Original Score                                           Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
Original Song                                            Remember Me, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Production Design                                    The Shape of Water
Short Film, Animated                               Revolting Rhymes
Short Film, Live Action                            DeKalb Elementary
Sound Editing                                            Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Sound Mixing                                            Dunkirk (No clue about either Sound category actually)
Visual Effects                                            Star Wars: The Last Jedi  (?)
Adapted Screenplay                                  Call Me By Your Name
Original Screenplay                                  Lady Bird

* Close contenders: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Allison Janney, Dunkirk

Friday, March 2, 2018

Daffy Time --- Day 7/9

Walk: PGCC, Trader Joe's
Distance: Not far, another storm on and off 

They're here; can spring be far behind?  (This applies to you in the Midwest and East Coast.  Take heart).

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cabin Fever, YES! --- Day 7/8

Walk: No, Storm!
Distance: A little PC/Yoga

                                        1800's Edwardian Interior

For those of us/ Ciwt living in almost daily (and glorious!) light, stormy days are such a treat. Guilt free,  we relax and enjoy our Victorian, Edwardian or other types of California. For her own reasons, Mother Nature is happiest of all. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kindred Cartoon Spirit (Sometimes) --- Day 7/7

Walk: No, Cleaning Up the Office
Distance: Major PT/Yoga/Pedal

The New Yorker has a way of saying it best.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good Gole-y --- Day 7/6

Walk: Union Square, Legion of Honor
Distance: A few blocks, drove new car which Ciwt is beginning to really like (including automatic transmission even😊)

Say what you will about traditional art and furniture making, every time Ciwt encounters this huge cabinet at the Legion of Honor she is awed.  It was made in Paris @1650 by Pierre Gole the premiere
cabinet maker in all of France and Cabinet Maker to Louis IV.  It would have been impossible to be more highly regarded than that.

The massiveness gives the cabinet grand presence, but what is truly remarkable is that it is elaborately carved from ebony.  That is like carving in exquisite detail from diamond - and with hand held and relatively primitive tools.  Unfortunately for security reasons the cabinet doors cannot be opened in the museum.  If they were open viewers would see more than thirty drawers and, incredibly, a theatrical tableau with gilt-bronze characters enacting the Judgement of Solomon, before a green gemstone background.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fort Enrichment --- Day 7/5

Walk: Monday Home Stuff and Research for Tour 
Distance: A few Up/Down, PT, Pedaling, Yoga

Barracks Room, Fort Winfield Scott (est. 1912, San Francisco Presidio)  (Ciwt photo)

Pretty gloomy, yes?  This room would have had bunks or cots for at least 12 men, and the sturdy trees out their window probably would have been a few feet high if they had been planted at all.

Still is gloomy.  When the Army's Artillary Coast Division - which was headquarted in Fort Scott - was terminated in 1950, the men just clicked their heels together, marched out and left all 22 buildings as is.  

Architecturally this was bad news, but the wildlife around Fort Scott's virtually unattended parade grounds were delighted.  Gophers dig holes galore which unearth rodents and other prey for a variety of owls who are stalked by eager cayotes and maybe a few foxes.  Meanwhile the birds chirp.  Apparently it is quite a hunting party at daybreak.  And the Presidio Trust wants to keep it that way: wild and natural.

This month the Presidio Trust began seeking proposals for "..a once in a generation opportunity to make a place for change in the world" from "organizations interested in and capable of revitalizing the site as a campus addressing contemporary environment and/or social challenges."

Last weekend Ciwt toured the gorgeous site, and realized the extent to which "capable of" is key to the operation. Any number of organizations and causes would be interested in an iconic, historical campus contiguous to the Golden Gate Bridge, but which ones can take on such a project? Whoever it is will be responsible for tackling virtually everything:  electricity, plumbing, handicap accessability, architectural retrofitting and restoration, environmentally friendly parking just for openers,.And through it all they will be required to work within the Presidio's strict historical structure guidelines and likely City, County and State permits as well.  

Ciwt thinks this is exciting.  Often she laments the enormous new wealth around San Franciso for its impact on traffic, congestion, construction, cost of housing and general quality of life in San Francisco.  But, this undertaking seems different, and the Fort Winfield Scott project is definitely going to take an organization with that kind of wealth.  (Preliminary estimates are $200 million just for infrastructure).  She's optimistic the right new tenant will show up and sincerely hopes whoever it is has Vision even more vast, promising and good for the world than their wealth 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

'The Workshop' is Work --- Day 7/4

Walk: Cinema Club (L'Atelier or The Workshop), Japantown
Distance: 2.3 miles, Yoga

Somehow Ciwt never quite appreciates the Frenchiness of many French movies. Today's Cinema Club selection, The Workshop, was no exception.  It's a disjointed political commentary/ thriller/etc about today's disaffected (and more) French youth. It has good acting and many excellent scenes and  (spoiler alert) even a happyish ending, but there were too many blanks for Ciwt.  Probably they needed to be filled in with Frenchy/Camus/Existential sensibilities, but instead Ciwt looked at her watch or gave up striving for a connection and waited for the next scene. But the plot tension, cinematography and acting kept her in her seat, so she thinks 'Give it a try.' N'est Pas?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Street Art in the 'Hood --- Day 7/3

Walk: Fort Scott Presidio
Distance: 1.2 miles

Not just a Hopscotch grid.  Ciwt thinks kids are pretty talented these days.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Overlooked No More --- Day 7/3

Walk: Fillmore Hood
Distance: 2.3 miles, PT


What a once in a lifetime treat it was to see a show of over 60 earlyWayne Thiebaud paintings gathered and exhibited on the UC Davis* campus where he was a founding faculty member and professor from 1960 to 1991.

Once upon a time nobody had seen Wayne Thiebaud's now iconic gleamingly frosted cakes, luscious ice cream perfectly perched on cones, colorful gumballs without a single one missing from the globe,
candied apples, decorative suckers, unsliced bread loaves all ready to be taken out of their cases.  That is, they had seen the objects all over - at bakeries, truck stops, delis from coast to USA coast.  But they hadn't seen them painted in their pure, alluring, neon and pastel colored glory.

And once upon a time nobody, most of all denizens of the art establishment, had a clue what to make of Wayne Thiebaud and his paintings of American delights.  Some tried to call him a Pop Artist, some dealers went with Realist or tried other categories.  But he didn't fit; his iconography was new.

Others tried to write about him but kept being confounded.  Then in 1962 before an early individual show he himself made a still definitive statement about his art.  In part he said Each era produces its own stilllife...I try to find things to paint I feel have been overlooked...My interest in painting is tradional and modest: I hope that it may allow ourselves to see ourselves looking at ourselves.  At the end of his statement he concluded: Of course, I hope the paintings speak better for themselves than I do.

Ciwt (among many others) feels that artist's early hope has certainly been realized.  Wayne Thiebaud is now in his late 90's, still traditional and modest, never self-promoting or signing on with an aggressive dealer who (if they could have made him) would have had him cranking out work after work after work.  He's also one of the country's most learned scholars and admirers of art history.  That history is embedded in his art and Ciwt (among many others) is sure critics and the public will come  to value more completely the deep intelligence, technical proficiency and bedrock love of art and life behind those dazzling but confounding images.

*Manetti Shrem Museum, Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Which Pie for You? --- Day 7/2

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: 6 blocks, PT, Yoga

At the Manetti Shrem Museum's Deeelicious Wayne Thiebaud show yesterday, Ciwt's friends began asking which of these two 'Pie' paintings from the early 1960's each one of us preferred.

 How about you? 

The arrangement of pies is nearly identical but the background colors were slightly changed by Thiebaud. And by doing that, he changed the mood of each painting. For what it was worth, it turned out all the women chose the one with the lighter background (top) and the men all chose the darker background (bottom). 

And we were all hungry for dessert on the drive back from Davis to San Francisco.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A New CIWT Year Begins --- Day 7/1

Walk: Manetti Shrem Museum (Thiebaud Show)
Distance: 1.5 miles, some Yoga and PT

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Goodbye CIWT Year Six --- Day 6/365

Walk: PGCC Reading Group (The Alice Network)
Distance:  Not far/still cold  (Inside too as old windows make room for new)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gone Dark Today --- Day 6/364

Walk: Home for Comcast Tech Revolution
Distance: small PT, small Yoga

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pretty Little Jailers --- Day 6/363

Walk: Very windy and cold.  Inside today.
Distance:  PT, Yoga, Pedal

So when Ciwt was under 'house arrest' with her knee injury she spent months dreaming of complete freedom.  It was a vague but perfect zone: maybe she would whisk around the world, take road trips at the drop of the hat, wake up in the morning, drive to SFO and just get on a plane to wherever she wanted to go that day.

After she got out and about, she somehow forgot about her upcoming round the world excursions and slowly started dropping in on local pet adoption shelters.  "Just to look."  The looking had its pitfalls because (like most people) she started to sympathize with cat after cat who looked at her with "Save Me" eyes.  So, to create boundaries for herself, she made a list of the qualities she wanted in a cat (bonded pair of females actually) - a  list so demanding there was no way the perfect cats would show up.  So Ciwt had her cake and ate it too: Her vague perfect freedom world and her unfulfillable cat list.

But then it happened πŸ˜•: a beautiful bonded pair of soft, healthy, friendly females showed up at one of the shelters with every quality on Ciwt's list (except being declawed which is actually outlawed in the Bay Area - for good reasons).  Temporarily oblivious to her future round the world excursions, Ciwt drove her new car over to the shelter within hours of the cats' arrival, adopted them on the spot and whisked them home.

Then she watched them happily settling in (and tracking litter) to the nooks and crannies that had been all (cleanly) Ciwt's. The nooks and crannies that also contained all Ciwt's international adventures, spur of the moment excursions and road trips.  It has been three weeks; the cats seem to be adjusting easily and Ciwt is slowly (sadly) letting go of her chimerical* future life.

 Articles abound about the shelter transition for cats, but humans go through our transitions too.

*Chimera:  2. a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.