Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Day 1650: Just checking ...

"Beau", ink brush, watercolor & collage postcard

Just a quick update from when Grandog Laker 


was staying with me for the weekend, here, here & here.
Laker's a very sweet, quiet Boxer.

Being in my tiny house after his much bigger house,
he wasn't automatically comfortable.
Though he had free run of the tiny place, he stayed near.
When I took my shower, I didn't close the bathroom door,
fearing he'd feel closed out.
What I didn't expect was to see a black nose
push into to the shower curtain.

Just checking?

81 degrees Sunny, Santa Ana, CA.

A smile for Tuesday ...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 1649: A hidden gem, nearby!

jo,  ink. watercolor & collage postcard

Have you heard of Wayfarers Chapel?

Located just 45 miles from me in Rancho Palos Verde,
is a beautiful gem of history, architecture & a dream.
To my mind, more beautiful than any cathedral.

I looked up the history here & am borrowing.
It started as a dream of Elizabeth Schellenberg, 
a member of the Swedenborgian Church who lived 
on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the late 1920's.
Mrs. Schellenberg dreamed of a little chapel on a hillside 
above the Pacific where wayfarers could stop to rest, meditate 
and give thanks to God for the wonder and beauty of creation.
The Peninsula was largely open farmland at that time. 
A two-lane gravel road was skirting the shoreline 
from San Pedro to Palos Verdes Estates.
Narcissa Cox Vanderlip, also a member of the 
Swedenborgian Church, responded to the dream 
and agreed to contribute land for the chapel site.

The 3.5 acres site and Wayfarers Chapel’s cornerstone 
was dedicated on July 16, 1949. 

When the Chapel was completed in 1951 it stood alone 
like a precious jewel on a deserted dusty knoll 
overlooking the blue Pacific. 
Today what you are looking at is a “tree chapel.”

Chapel architect Lloyd Wright had been inspired 
by the cathedral-like majesty of redwood trees 
in northern California. 
The redwood trees that surround Wayfarers Chapel 
are forming living walls and roof to a natural sanctuary 
encased in glass with view of the surrounding 
forest and nearby Pacific Ocean. 
  Lloyd Wright’s design of Wayfarers Chapel 
is the perfect combination of nature and architectural 
genius and is one of the foremost examples 
 of organic architecture and is listed 
in the National Register of Historic Places.

. . .

I had been here as a young girl & remember 
being awestruck by the ethereal beauty & peacefulness.
So when Megan & Mike asked me to join them & their family
for a chamber music concert there, it took
only half of a nano-second to respond, yes please!

Clear blue skies & Catalina Island looked so close.
Pacific check for Lynn in Colorado.

The Chapel grounds are open daily to the public - 9am to 5pm.

The sanctuary is closed to the public when there are events 
in progress, but the grounds will remain open. 
Please contact the Visitors Center for our daily schedule. 
Visitors Center is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275, USA
1 (310) 377-1650 

On to Open Sesame in Long Beach for Lebanese food.

Being with the Nomura Family is special. photo by Craig Nomura

A great day & evening.
Thank you Nomura Family.

Palos Verde Peninsula, January 29, 2017

Seeing this today reminded me ...
when I was very young and saw this ...
I thought it was God writing from heaven.

A smile for Monday ...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 1648: Friday with WonderWoman - Part 2

(Part of) Mao by Warhol

As mentioned in Part 1 here, WonderWoman & I visited
Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach
on free Friday to see their new show ...
Pop Art Design.

Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition 
showing the inspirations & cross-references 
of art & design that still shape our society today.

It features a large number of important works by artists 
including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, 
Ed Ruscha, and Richard Hamilton; combined with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, 
Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass.

(yes, these chairs were actually mounted up on a wall)

 The exhibition features approximately fifty works of art and 
eighty design objects from international museums.

A splurge of our early life was this Knoll large table & 4 chairs ...

so WW grew up on these with charcoal fabric cushions.
OCMA exhibited the two chairs below, stirring memories.

WW sat down on the chair to make sure it swiveled.


One wall featured a line of 10 of Warhol's  Mao's ...

and I took some liberties, close-ups. 

WW contemplating the foot?

I need to mention that I only photographed 
my favorites, and that there are so many more 
terrific pieces to enjoy if you get a chance to visit.

This exhibition runs through April 2, 2017

2 Commercials ...
 next Thursday, February 2nd ...

Play with different collage techniques during this series of classes. You will create collage on paper, collage mail art, collage on canvas! Learn how to add to your collage with different mediums, paint markers, color pencil, and paint during this mixed media class with Jacki Long. All materials provided. REGISTRATION: $45 per class . Skill Level: All.
Limited seats are available for this last class, so sign up today!

 next Saturday ... February 4th
come spend the day in charming Old Town Torrance? 

Info & Sign-up: e-mail Suzanne at kuuskmae@verizon.net

click to enlarge
1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 742-3192

A smile for Sunday ...