These guy are big, made of painted fabric stretched across a wire frame.
This is my ?art from Kaitlin’s birthday party. It seems once I get an idea the execution of that idea is pretty lame. Heartfelt though.
A tropical island with a palm tree and coconuts. A toadstool with a toad. A gnomish gargoyle.
Ingalill had me and the boys over tonight, five of the seven who travelled together in Sweden, for dinner and a picture party. It was fun!
I made my way up the hill to Toompea, also called Upper Town. That’s the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
I was talking to a couple of lovely young women in a shop because I was a little lost and they told me to turn right past the church and I said oh, the fancy one at the top and they said no, that’s the Russian church. I almost laughed they said it with such an eye-roll.
We had five adorable children this year and I got lots of chances to carry babies around and show them lights and flowers and mirrors.
The parents were excellent fun too so yay for that.
Dusty and Jessie have Connor and Tucker. Lena and Daniel have Jack. Robbie and Roscia (sp?), friends of Dusty and Jessie, have two kids. All Boys.
Since I got back from Kauai on the 1st I’ve been sleeping late and going to bed early and tossing around for hours in the middle of the night. I also got to see the grandgirls and go out for a welcome home dinner, and Alex and Carol came by to visit and finish up some work in the vacant rental…a job that I’ll be fussing with for who knows how long.
Then today I met Marsha at the Underground Museum for a day around town.
This picture is from google maps and it’s the front of the The Underground Museum on Washington Blvd.
This makes me laugh because what you are seeing here is Improvement, Progress in my efforts to organize my garage.
I might be at the point where I don’t need to get rid of too many more things assuming I’ve given up all hope of getting a car in here, which is probably the case because the studio is also entirely full of things and Hope Endures that I might someday turn that into a guest room.
Marsha came over for dinner tonight which was lovely and a mental break from looking at my garage.
Henric Schartau (1757–1825), a pious Swedish Lutheran priest, stands guard between the cathedral and the visitor center. The old cathedral is reflected in the lantern window.
You can’t see the lantern window in this picture which is the best part of the cathedral visitor center, it’s off to the right, and modern and cool.
Sharon and I walked at the beach and then she bought me a super-birthday-lunch at Rose Café that has transformed itself from a cool funky local Venice Beach hang into a cool chic trendy Venice Beach hang. The food and the venue are decidedly recommendable.
Then I buzzed out to West Hollywood to a Russian visa expediting service and like the woman told me on the phone, it was ‘dead easy’ and well worth the money considering how much I didn’t want to do it myself.
The place was totally surprising. The main exhibit was photographs by Roy DeCarava. I’d never heard of him, no big surprise. Check him out on google images for a thought-provoking experience.
The venue itself was originally four small storefronts subsequently purchased by Noah Davis as a work space and a home to raise his family. The huge back garden is a delight, and I want this display in MY back garden, just like this, all beautiful and sensuous aromatics.
In celebration of both Windy and Caleb’s birthdays we ate a yummy dinner at Chez Jay, walked through Tongva Park, and saw a super-fun magic show at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
Compared with my sisters, I’m tall! That’s a unique experience, to be the tall one. Caleb is so tall that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Lona, me, Caleb, Windy
Thanks gang, it was FUN!
See how young they are? They walk Fast like young people do, not like ME. When I go on these walking tours, as I have in every city, I wear my trail shoes with laces and trot along in my best effort to keep up.
At the end my feet are feelin’ it for sure, so the next day I tootle along in my flips, at my pace, and it’s so Peaceful.
..but it’s been painted over by the new owner of the restaurant. He decided to be less confrontational and “Make empathy great again”.
You have the opportunity to “Give Little Donald a Hug”. No one in our group bothered to walk across the street, but these tours don’t give you a lot of time so maybe that’s why?
Side entrance to the Hermitage when you have an internet ticket.
When we say The Hermitage we are probably thinking of the Winter Palace but many more buildings are part of the complex.
Those figures are holding up the portico of the New Hermitage, the only building in the complex built specifically to hold art.
I copied this from the MOCA website: “In 2015 MOCA and The Underground Museum launched a multiyear collaboration that realizes exhibitions developed by the late artist Noah Davis that use works from MOCA’s esteemed collection of contemporary art. Davis, along with his wife and fellow artist Karon Davis, conceived of The Underground Museum as a space for exhibitions, events, dialogue, and artist collaborations.
“Located in the working class neighborhood of Arlington Heights, The Underground Museum is a cultural outpost complete with a garden and film screenings, dedicated to ensuring access to contemporary art and ideas for all of LA’s residents.”
My ears have been bugging me off and on, as they often do, and I had heard about this Minute Clinic on the radio. Many of the CVS pharmacies have this little walk in service staffed by a Nurse Practitioner. So I went in there, she looked in my ears and didn’t see anything so that was good. I’d go here again.
The Howling Wolf that greets you at the train station..
((“According to the legend, Grand Duke Gediminas (ca. 1275 – 1341) was hunting in the sacred forest near the Valley of Ðventaragis, near where Vilnia River flows into the Neris River.
“Tired after the successful hunt of a wisent, the Grand Duke settled in for the night. He fell soundly asleep and dreamed of a huge Iron Wolf standing on top a hill and howling as strong and loud as a hundred wolves.
“Upon awakening, the Duke asked the krivis (pagan priest) Lizdeika to interpret the dream. And the priest told him: “What is destined for the ruler and the State of Lithuania, is thus: the Iron Wolf represents a castle and a city which will be established by you on this site. This city will be the capital of the Lithuanian lands and the dwelling of their rulers, and the glory of their deeds shall echo throughout the world.” Therefore, Gediminas, obeying the will of gods, built the city, and gave it the name Vilnius – from the stream of the Vilnia River.”))
The Winter Palace, for 150 years serving as an imperial residence. In November 1917, after the October Revolution, it was declared a museum.
It must have been quite a compelling home but as a museum it does feel a little hodgepodge – how do you successfully display so very very many pictures and objects..
Kaitlin was off to Catalina for a couple of nights for a school field trip. I can’t wait to see her pictures and hear stories. Oh goodie goodie.
This is Angela’s picture of Lilly’s Girl Scouts troop making a Valentines Day party room at the local fire station. They’ve done other projects with these guys, and aren’t they an adorable team.
“The University building was built in 1872-1882 according to the drawings of architect Helgo Zettervall. He mixed different historical styles: Greek Renaissance-inspired facades and a Roman villa-type interior. .. Zettervall chose the most modern items available to create a landmark building in Swedish 19th century architecture.”
..along with Tony Soprano who is there at the station too. The inset is from the internet.
Why Tony Soprano? Wow, I can’t remember what the guide said. I can’t remember a lot of what the guide said but in my mini-defense, it was very noisy. The internet is telling conflicting stories except that the artist created the sculpture in 2009.
Tony wasn’t here first, he was in an art exhibit. They moved him to the train station to greet the arrivals, because he is tough on the outside but a good guy on the inside..something like that..