Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum

Today I went to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the De Young Museum, which closes tomorrow.  If you can make, go!  I realized in following the floral arrangements around the museum, that I had never seen a lot of the permanent collection.  The three-dimensional works bring new life to so many old works.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

Norton Factory Studios, Oakland

Last night, I went to the open studios at Norton Factory Studios in Oakland to see my friend, Pablo Manga’s work.  You can check out the open studios this, and next weekend.  I was really impressed with all of the artists and loved that they let you into their space.  Below are some photos and information about some of my favorites.

There is such a fine line (literally and figuratively) between what makes abstract art aesthetically pleasing, and failing miserably.  I think Heather Day is totally aware of this line, even noting it on the wall next to her works in progress.  I tried to talk to her about this idea in an attempt to compliment her work, and likely miserably failed.  Sorry, Heather!

Lara Hoke’s delicate, and flowing pen strokes of people, animals, and objects, successfully capture the same movement that is in the accordion Moleskin Japanese Albums that she draws in.

Pablo Manga’s vibrant layered semi-transparent tape “paintings” project the same infectious happiness as he does.

Below are some photos of additional artists’ works I liked, with links to their websites.

Julia Marchand.

Katherine Meyer.

Elizabeth Zanzinger.

Kelly DeFayette.

Anna Valdez.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

712 More Things to Draw

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and apparently, WordPress has since completely changed the editing module-thingy (technical term).  I bought 712 More Things to Draw a few weekends ago, and totally recommend this book to anyone who likes drawing, but doesn’t know what to draw (i.e., people like me).  Or for people with kids.  Or for those who want to practice drawing.  Or for anyone who is bored.  Okay, so basically I recommend this book to anyone.  I wish the paper was a little thicker so my Sharpie didn’t bleed through the pages, but otherwise, I’m a fan.  I’ve snapped photos of some of my doodles.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

de Young Museum, San Francisco

Today I went to the de Young Museum to see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit.  There was no photography permitted, so you’ll have to settle for my photos of the gardens and tower from outside.  I was surprised to learn that O’Keeffe had rejected the notion that her flowers were metaphors for sexuality:

“Well – I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flowers you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower – and I don’t.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Nevertheless, the museum suggests that her painting Brown and Tan Leaves (1928) represents her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s affair with Dororthy Norman, a woman 40 years his junior.  Sure, you can see it.  The young leaf (Norman) lies on top of the older, torn, and tan leaf (Stieglitz), their stems lining up, with a third smaller leaf (O’Keeffe) cast aside, away from the stem, yet hiding any imperfections on the right side of the tan leaf.  But you can’t have it both ways, if her other flowers were just flowers, then these are just leaves.  Unless of course she was painting vaginas. . .  On that note, here are some leaves and flowers.  No really, they are just leaves and flowers.

Here are a few photographs of the Ruth Asawa sculptures in the tower building at de Young.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.  Open Tuesdays – Sundays.

For more information about logistics, click here.  I was pleastantly surprised to find out that people with Bank of America accounts receive free general admission during the first weekend of the month.  (You still have to pay for the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit.)

© Sarah Milstein 2014