Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Contest Grand Winners --- Day 10/177

Walk: Hood

Distance: 5 miles, Yoga

2021 Creepiest of All in CIWT's Neighborhood.  

Another tie!!  




So, Ciwt is quite the minimalist in her Halloween decoration aethetic. Maybe you chose other entries.  Kudos and thanks to all her neighbors who worked so hard to entertain and scare all of us. And of course...

(Un) Happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Contest Awards Continue --- Day 10/176

Walk: Open Houses

Distance: 4,5 miles






Best Foreign  (Tie!)



Most Tasteful



Friday, October 29, 2021

Halloween Contest: Awards Begin --- Days 10/173, 174 & 175

Walk: 1. Hood  2. Hamilton Pickleball 3. Presidio Pickleball, Opera Plaza

Distance: 1. 4.2 miles  2. 4.5 miles, 1 hour pickle 3. 8 miles, 1 hours pickle

Most Time Spent Decorating:

🏆  Alice Does Halloween 

They did the nearly a whole block.  Both sides of the sidewalk, into the garden and doorway.

Most Time Spent Decorating AND Least Scary

🏆 Gumdrop Mountain and Lollipop Forest

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Contest: Head Over Heels About Halloween --- Day 10/172

Walk: GG Pickleball

Distance: 2 miles, 90 minutes pickle

Monday, October 25, 2021

Halloween Contest: Not Scary at All (But Very Cute) --- Day 10/171

Walk: Embarcadero Cinema (I'm Your Man)

Distance: 7 miles

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Over Sweet? --- Day 10/170

Walk: No, big Necessary rainstorm

Distance: 0, yoga

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Blanche (Fillette aux jacinthes), ca. 1875,
Pastel over charchol on paper, laid down on canvas

There is something about the straight forward, cool colored clarity of this portrait that appealed to Ciwt in the Legion's current Pastel Show.*  

Maybe others find it (overly) sweet and a candidate for Ciwt's Halloween Contest.**  

Each to his or her own in art.

*Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, Legion of Honor, October 9 - February 13, 2022


Here is a picture of the artist, Berthe Morisot @1860. Ambitious, focused, privately trained/relentlessly innovative and one of only two women welcomed into the company of Paris's Impressionist painters.  Ciwt doubts Morisot was overly sweet.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Contest: Trapped Inside --- Day 10/169

Walk: Chouquet's Restaurant and Presidio

Distance:  5 miles

Friday, October 22, 2021

Contest: Halloween Mariachi--- Day 10/168

Walk: Hood

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ciwt requests "Monster Mash" please.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Feeling A Little Green --- Days 10/166 & 167

 Walk: 1. LP Nails   2. No

Distance: 1. 1.5 miles, then much energy spent contacting Delta to cancel trip 2. 0, enjoying a bit of rain

Joseph Digiorgio (American 1931-2000), Central Park #1, 1984, oil and oil pastel on paper

So the Legion of Honor's Pastel Show opened a little while ago.  It is not a medium that particularly stimulates Ciwt, but she was curious to learn why green was such a difficult color for pastel makers to develop.  

Leonard da Vinci, The Head of the Virgin in Three Quarter View Facing Right, 1510-13, pastel on paper

You see a lot of portraits done in pastel since the time of Leonardo (1452-1519) but not any landscapes until the 1800's. It was then that sticks of pastel in the color of trees, grass, shrubs, pond scum -  basically the color chlorophyll brings to nature -  were finally available. One has to wonder though about the health of the artists who worked often with those greens because many hues of it were and are still toxic.  Besides being a notoriously difficult color to come by, green pigments have been some of the most poisonous in history.  

If the color is fabricated solely from natural substances such as plants, it will fade quickly. Since ancient times the solution to green's color longevity has been to mix it with some other chemical substance.  Ancient Egyptians tried using copper malachite to paint tomb walls, but it was expensive and easily turned black.  Later the ancient Romans soaked copper plates in wine to create verdigris which is a faded hue you see on old coins, frescos, medieval manuscripts but doesn't truly imitate the greens of nature.

One of the first to invent a bright, lasting green hue was a Swedish chemist named Carl Wilhelm Scheele.  In 1775 he accomplished that by using the toxic chemical arsenite.  Unfortunately.  Called Scheele's Green, it was so popular that it had replaced earlier mineral and vegetable dyes by the end of the 18th century.  It was used on paper, wall hangings, fabrics, children's toys.  Again, unfortunately!  Journals of the time contain reports of children turning ill in bright green rooms and ladies in green dresses becoming sick from consuming toxic vapors.  Some historians believe the pigment caused the death of Napoleon whose bedroom wallpaper featured the deadly hue.

Camille Pisarro (French 1831-1903), The Road to Ennery near Pointoise, 1874, oil pastel and pastel on paper

Toward the mid-1800's Scheele's green was replaced by Paris Green. Another unfortunate development because it was still highly toxic and very popular with artists.  It was the pigment used by French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to create their lush green landscapes.  Paris Green may have been responsible for Cezanne's diabetes and Monet's near blindness. In the 1960's it was finally banned.    

Today, green is associated with being environmentally conscious—“being green." However, despite all the modern advances in color technology, producing green dyes and pigments is still difficult and many hues continue to feature toxic substances. One of the most common shades today is called Pigment Green 7. Used in plastics and paper, it contains chlorine, which, when consumed, is known to lead to illness and even death. Another popular hue is Pigment Green 36, which also includes chlorine as well as potentially hazardous bromide atoms. Also on the list, the popular bright Pigment Green 50 is a toxic cocktail of cobalt, titanium, nickel, and zinc oxide.

Oh dear, as Ciwt looks around her green painted rooms, she's beginning to feel a bit queazy.

Joan Mitchell (American 1925-1992), Untitled (pastel), 1991, pastel on paper

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Contest: Tasteful Pumpkins --- Day 10/165

Walk: Golden Gate Park Pickleball

Distance: 6 miles, 90 minutes pickle

Sometimes Ciwt likes to get away from all the creatures, and witches and skeletons and enjoy the round  restfulness of pumkins.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Contest: Big Creatures Go At It --- Day 10/164

Walk: Monday Errands

Distance: 5 miles

Arrrg##, I scare you!!!

Not me, man.  I'm cool.  

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Contest: Alice Does Halloween --- Day 10/163

Walk: SF Opera (Fidelio)

Distance: 5 miles

The Queen

Her Proclamation: Basically "Off with Their Heads!"


The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The Caterpillar with his Hookah

The Playing Cards

And, of course, The Cheshire Cat

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Halloween Contest: Creatures --- Days 10/161 & 162

Walk: 1. West Portal  2. Hood

Distance: 1. 2.4 miles 2. 4 miles

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Three for Three --- Day 10/160

Walk: Hood

Distance: 4 miles

Found!!!   Ciwt spent 3 days tracking down a cat sitter for her upcoming three day trip.