Let’s face it; no one goes tomato juice tasting

October 27, 2008

This is the last of my series on oaks in the Sacramento area vineyards. The most surprising response has been long time locals not aware of the abundance of grapes growing so close to the city. On the other hand if these were tomato fields, no one would be surprised. To me tomatoes and grapes are both agriculture products and each grow well in this district.

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Two exhibits currently feature shoe art

October 23, 2008

The Girls Gotta Run Foundation has a fall exhibit at the Takoma Park Municipal Center in Takoma Park, Maryland. My work continues to do well for GGRF and this exhibit is no exception. If you are in the Washington DC area please stop by for a visit.

Starting today my work is open for viewing in California at Salons Within in beautiful Fair Oaks. There is a lot of variety in this display including some of my newest work from New York and Las Vegas.


Oak Tree in a Vineyard

October 22, 2008

The idea of these big oaks in the middle of a vineyard appeals to my sense of grandeur in the outdoors. They really look tall compared to the vines which in this case are about five feet tall.

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Autumn Vineyard Scene with Oaks

October 19, 2008

This entire vineyard’s grapes were harvested leaving vines that have sort of a fresh haircut look. I could not find one bunch of grapes hanging. No matter, the setting was ideal with the dry leaves at my feet being pushed around by a gentle breeze. This was a very tranquil place to visit and I was breathing easy while taking in the orderliness of each row of vines contrasted by jumble of nearby oaks.

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If you don’t visit a winery now, you will hate yourself later

October 19, 2008

The grapes are in, the wine making has begun in earnest. Today I thought I could find some vines with fruit but most everywhere near my house the harvest has finished. This is a great time to visit a winery. Okay, anytime is a great time to visit a winery but right now they have once a year tasks underway and that is interesting.

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Who Else Wants the Perfect Place in a Small Town?

October 17, 2008

Most artists aspire to some kind of studio to create or write. The story of Jackson Pollack in his studio during the drip period in a rural area of Long Island is a great example. That would be the right mix of creativity and sense of place for me on a pleasant summer day.

Right now a spare bedroom with a computer is the best I can do but that does not stop me from dreaming. There are many places in California I see regularly that I would love to live. My Wonder Years (2-12) were spent in New Jersey and last month I managed to visit a beautiful community in the Garden State called Bedminster. I picked out a few places there to add to my wish list and managed to take a picture of this house because it caught my eye and seemed to pull me in with its charm.

I suppose everyone has a place or many places you would like to call home. As time goes on I’ll include more of mine in this blog.

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New York Public Library – Inside View

October 13, 2008

The lions outside the front of the buildings are always the draw to this library for me because my mother had bookend copies on her shelf for as long as I can remember. They symbolized knowledge, learning, strength, and contentment.  Less familiar to me are the reading rooms inside. The artwork on the ceiling is wonderful, I just had to sit down and stare at it for a long time. The room was quiet and I had my flash turned off so I could be as discreet as possible while taking this picture.

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