Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Very Modern Weekend

I pretty much spent this weekend at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, both going to the opening of a new exhibit and touring an exiting exhibit.  What a great way to spend a weekend!

On Friday, B and I attended a dinner and artist talk for the opening of a new show by Stanley Whitney.  Mr. Whitney referred to himself as a "process painter" -- he apparently starts with a general format in mind, and places each block of color based on "feel."  He said he lays down a color and then stares at it, letting it tell him what to do next.  His work is abstract, and all about balance and intuition.
Stanley Whitney
SunRa, 2016, by Stanley Whitney
On Saturday, the North Texas SAQA group toured the exhibit KAWS: Where the End Starts.  A very different kind of art indeed.  KAWS' work is rooted in graffiti and pop culture, playfully tweaking iconic images of Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Felix the Cat and the Simpsons.  Fascinating stuff!
The Snoopy piece on the left is "Five Suspects"

Some of the pieces are very large
Posing outside the Modern with a big blue Elmo behind us
I love living in Fort Worth, and part of that is the easy access to fabulous museums.  The Modern, the Kimbell and the Amon Carter are all amazing.  I'm a lucky woman!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trilobite Bites!

My brother-in-law offered to make bread one night during his Christmas visit.  I had just received a beautiful fossil trilobite for Christmas, and he had been admiring my growing trilobite collection, so he used it as the inspiration to make a loaf shaped like an Isotelus Maximus, the state fossil of Ohio.  

The Isotelus is in the center.  Looks just like it!
I'm happy to report that it was Isotelus Maximum Delicatus (delicious!)!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Salt Marsh Scarf Sighting!

My friend Norma Schlager, an art quilter who lives in Connecticut and blogs at Notes From Norma, sent me this picture.  She always look fabulous in green, and the Salt Marsh Scarf looks fabulous on her!

Thank you Norma!

Scarves based on some of my quilts, as well as tote bags and throw pillows, are available in my VIDA shop.  Click here to see them!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jennifer Is Wearing String Theory!

My sister-in-law, Jennifer, received several of my scarves for Christmas.  And she looks fabulous!

Scarves based on some of my quilts, as well as tote bags and throw pillows, are available in my VIDA shop.  Click here to see them!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's Hogmanay Again!

Robert Callander, Gordon Blair (my dad) and (?), April  3, 1968, Cleveland, Ohio
Last year, I wrote a post about Hogmanay, the Scottish traditional New Year's Eve celebration.  If you don't remember, or if you are new to my blog, you can read it here.  But briefly, let me just say that Hogmanay is the big blow-out party night in Scotland, and it is much more boisterous than Christmas or indeed any other holiday party held during the year.  A big, messy, happy, loud, raucous, noisy party indeed.

My father, who was Scottish, was always up for a big Hogmanay party.  We always hosted it at our house, and as the evening progressed, the party became increasingly noisy.  When we were children, Andrew and I would be sent to bed that night to the sounds of a great deal of hilarity. It certainly sounded like they were having fun.

I wish you all, Happy Hogmanay!  May 2017 be a great year for us all!

Friday, December 30, 2016

I'm late posting today because...

I found out this afternoon that my Aunt Sally died.  She was my mother's youngest sister and my favorite aunt, and I will miss her terribly.

Sally and I

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