Sunday, April 30, 2017

That's Two --- Day 6/71

Walk: Cinema Club (A Quiet Passion)
Distance:  2 miles then continued deep research for upcoming tour.  Ooops, just a minute Ciwt.

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Cynthia Nixon was excellent today in the new movie about Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion.  Too bad there were extended, extennnnnded periods of maudlin depression, illness, death that drag the movie away from its better aspects.  Also peculiar, stilted language.  Ciwt says C+ and certainly only for the Dickinson lovers or those curious about her.

And did Ciwt tell you that right before she sat down to write today, she received an email from her Matisse Diebenkorn group - Cancelling?  That's the second time for this San Diego group - a bit out of Ciwt's control because they come to her through her So. Cal associate.  Lots of hours of research (and some anxiety) but at least many were about her artist love, Matisse - and part of her wasn't too keen on touring this particular show.  Anyway, they may reschedule before the show closes at the end of May.

Has Ciwt also mentioned that she isn't a big fan of surprises, people and schedule surprises? A bit better at handling them than Miss Dickinson, but, oh, that poetry.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pre Op --- Day 6/70

Walk: T. Joe's, Golf Club Party 
Distance: 3 miles

Staging area for flower changeover at Ciwt's home tomorrow.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dreadline Approaching --- Day 6/69

Walk: San Francisco Art Mart (Fort Mason)
Distance: 2.6 miles

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Diebenkorn                                                                   Matisse


So, here goes Ciwt into research on the (sort of repellant to her) SFMOMA's current Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition.  She will tour it next week when she will, hopefully,
be more inclined toward the concept and show.  Stay tuned.....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ciwt Still-life --- Day 6/68

Walk: Marin Driving Day, PGCC Book Group ( CA in the Civil War - Yawn....)
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga

Vermeer, Tulips, Setting Sun Reflected, all that is missing for Ciwt is Matisse...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Not Your Kindergarten Felt --- Day 6/67

Walk: Union Square, B&B Pet Supply
Distance: 1.5 miles

Janice Arnold, 2017, Tent, Hand Felted and Dyed Wools

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 6/66

Walk: Dogpatch, Japantown (massage)
Distance: 5.2 miles, teeny yoga-stretch

Dogpatch, the new art neighborhood, is truly historic having been unaffected by the 1906 earthquake. Some of the homes and buildings there are the oldest in San Francisco and were occupied by the dockworkers, boat builders and other laborers needed to support this sudden city - and themselves. Architecturally we are not talking - nor were they- about charming Vistorians but basic nuts and bolts shelter.

As of this writing, Dogpatch is the third most expensive rental neighborhood in San Francisco.  One bedroom apartments are $3,000+ and no buildings are on the market for less than $1.5 million.  As you can see, the former 'residents' (most drug and alcohol addicted street people) are nowhere to be seen.

No politics here.  Just an eye-opening day for Ciwt as she gave her art tour.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Next Stop: Dogpatch --- Day 6/65

Walk: Presidio Golf Cafe, T. Joes
Distance: .5 mi, 2 small yogas

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Doesn't sound very snappy but Dogpatch is morphing from a, well, down at the heels neighborhood, into a happening art community and center (They hope..).  Ciwt will take a tour there tomorrow to check it out.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Please Pass the Salt --- Day 6/63

Walk: de Young Museum (Exhibiton and Lecture: Stuart Davis, Exhibition: Summer of Love
Distance: 4.2 miles, small yoga

Stuart Davis, Salt Shaker, 1931, oil on canvas, 49 7/8" x 32"

Ciwt has always liked Stuart Davis's art.  Arguably the first truly American modern artist working with the American vernacular (like a plane old salt shaker) but in modernist style (not exactly what a salt shaker looks like - except to his artistic eye).  We have an excellent show of his work here at the deYoung from the Whitney in New York throughout the spring and summer. Good; Ciwt looks forward to going several times.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Throw Pillow Caper, Cont. --- Day 6/62

Walk: Pier 1, Home, Pier 1
Distance: 1.5 miles, small yoga

Carpenter Station Baldwin County Alabama Throw Pillow featuring the photograph Carpenter Station Baldwin County Alabama by Baldwin County Historical Research Group
Carpenter County Historical Research Group, Carpenter Station Baldwin County Alabama Throw Pillow, 14"x14", 100% spun polyester poplin
$42.00  (other sizes and colors available)

Ciwt never would have thought of this pillow....

Friday, April 21, 2017

Aperature, F-Stop,ISO, Etc. --- Day 6/61

Walk: PGCC Photography Workshop
Distance: 1 mile, Home Yoga

So, if even the expert photography professor was perplexed, imagine non-tech Ciwt's brain at today's 3-hour photography workshop.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Soft Art --- Day 6/60

Walk: Pier 1, Marin Driving Day, Japantown (massage)
Distance: 3.1 miles and massage (aaahhh, another soft art)

Okay, Ciwt, which one is it going to be?  Choosing the right pillow is a soft art.  Even Mr. Matisse looks perplexed.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Let Me Check That Out --- Day 6/59

Walk: Pier 1 (Pillows Caper), Golf Club (Bridge Caper)
Distance: 1 mile, stairs galore, small yoga

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Ciwt is blowing in the wind a bit with all the research; art tours, neighborhood tours, new pillows, feeling out 'new' club. All for interesting and involving reasons - so, lucky Ciwt.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Just the Facts, Maam --- Day 6/58

Walk: Up and Down, Up and Down Stairs, Hood Returns, Golf Club Book Group
Distance: 2 miles

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Well told story about the advent of electricity in the U.S. slotting in 'facts' wherever to serve it.  Reads like a cliffhanging screenplay, and, guess what, movie is about to be made.  History major Ciwt finds such books/movies entertaining (sometimes) but questions the concept of turning historical figures and events into whatever fiction the writer has in mind and presenting them as facts.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hanging Around --- Day 6/57

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga

Moveable Enameled Wood Cubes Necklace at SFMOMA. The man who checked Ciwt out when she was buying art books was wearing one on these and looked smashing.

Jacob Hashimoto, Painted Paper and Mixed MediaWall Hanging, Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Free Delivery? Absolutely! --- Day 6/56

Walk: No, Finish Book Club Book (The Last Days of Night)
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

Having things delivered (even on Easter Sunday it turned out) to Ciwt's door by Amazon does have its downside....Box cutter and many trips up and down the stairs ahead...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rainy Winter Bounty --- Day 6/54

Walk: No; Toodling around with new flowers, ipad mini, throw pillows and other stuff
Distance: 0, Home Yoga 

Palm Springs is More Colorful than Usual this Spring

Friday, April 14, 2017

Done By a Woman --- Day 6/53

Walk: SFMOMA (of course)
Distance: 2.6 miles

Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959, oil on canvas

Ciwt couldn't tell if this woman was doing her nails in front of an Elaine de Kooning painting at the Palm Springs Art Museum's  Women of Abstract Expressionism  show.  Probably not because the show was interesting and well-presented with several large and engaging paintings by each artist as well as large pictures and informative information on all of them. But, then, a snag can drive you crazy..

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Art Tours 1,2,3 --- Day 6/52

Walk: Marin Driving Day, Japantown (Jan Massage)
Distance: 3.2 miles and ahhhh

Upcoming tours Ciwt is preparing for - and her readers will probably be hearing about:

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            at SFMOMA
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cloud of Color --- Day 6/51

Walk: Dogpatch, Asian Art Museum
Distance: 4.3 miles

Jacob Hashimoto, Gas Giant, from "My Own Lost Romance," solo show at Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Dogpatch, San Francisco

Ciwt loved the wonderful (but impossible to capture) world of floating paper paintings by artist, Jacob Hashimoto.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

So Now We Assimilate --- Day 6/50

Walk: Indian Wells Canyon, SFO
Distance: 3.5 miles

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Ciwt is getting her groove back after a few days in the desert.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ab Ex Women --- 6/49

Women of Abstract Expressionism

February 18th – May 28th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing

Ciwt was viewing this show today...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Almost Off -- Day 6/47

Walk: Up and Down the Stairs She Goes Getting Ready to Go Away
Distance: ? The distance of a high hill

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So Ciwt is (almost) off to Palm Springs (Indian Wells, actually).  Catch you Tuesday...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Today's Apple --- Day 6/46

Walk: Chestnut Street Apple Store
Distance: 2.1 miles

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For the bathroom (and as an extra), decorator Ciwt (with council from knowing friend) recommends Refurbished Apple mini 4 for half the price of new.  It's on the way, stay tuned....

Thursday, April 6, 2017

An Apple A Day... 6/46

Walk: Marin Driving Day, Apple Store
Distance: .6 miles (Resting Legs)

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Once upon a time, Ciwt said "iPad?!  Why would I need that?"   Now she sleeps with one close by and is hot on the track of finding just the right one  for her bathroom.  (Plus waterproof case)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Unofficially" Officially Therapeutic --- Day 6/45

Walk: Japantown Massage Spa
Distance: 3.5 miles and Massage

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Walker, Ciwt, tends to totally forget about the benefits of massage - particularly on her leg muscles that get tighter and tighter as she walks.  Not just forget, she actually has 'massage' filed in her mind in several outdated categories: wimpy/pathetic, alternate (worst case, sexual parlours), just temporary/same as back rubs, not 'officially' therapeutic, too expensive, yoga stretching is just as good/probably better, etc.  And she's, well, wrong - which she was reminded of today when she at long last got herself onto a massage table.

The 'unofficial' therapist put one hand on Ciwt and nearly shrieked because the area was so obviously hard as a rock (and thus not receiving proper circulation).  This seemed almost magical to non-believer Ciwt that this person would have gone to exactly the place she was kind of thinking of maybe mentioning (as killing her).   Now she has a bit more more understanding why Medicare and other insurance programs is beginning to include massage therapy (and maybe some day yoga and other Eastern modalities...).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rug Under Toes --- Day 6/44

Walk: Errands all over hood (including HiTech Nails)
Distance: 4.9 miles

Ciwt still likes her aqua yoga toes (and happy new rug) even though she's not teaching yoga these days.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Stairs to the Finish --- Day 6/43

Walk: Noe Valley, Civic Center, Union Square, Goodwill
Distance: 2 miles (not counting stairs), Yoga

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10 times up and down.. Ciwt's donations and returns accomplished!