grounded in florence

 

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I gave myself an assignment at the beginning of this year to dig deep into art history; to relearn everything I studied over the past few decades in hopes I will see it all with a fresh perspective. My work is currently shifting so I thought it would be helpful to get grounded and reacquainted with those who came before me in order for me to move forward with my work.

Over the past 8 months I have spent a good percentage of time in the local public library, in galleries, in museums, in bookstores, and in artist's studios. But the coup d'état was going to Florence a few weeks ago to visit a dear friend who was studying classical painting at The Florence Academy of Art. What a treat is was to visit her and see her in action!! It was also a treat to be back in Italy where I studied Renaissance art and architecture many years ago. I have always felt this was sacred ground for me becoming an artist so I was happy to be back. I had come to a point in my self-guided art history class where getting in front of these buildings and artwork seemed important and a 'logical' thing to do. I didn't have much time but I did an all out assault on Florence in 4 days and got the grounding I needed.

I am posting way more photos than normal but there is so much to share. 

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FLORENCE RECS

TOUR the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza Signoria  

GO see the monuments of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, and Galileo at Santa Croce  

BE amazed with Masaccio and Ghirlandaio's frescos, Michelangelo's statue, Bruneleschi's pulpit and the monk's pharmacia at Santa Maria Novella  

EXPLORE modern art at Palazzo Strozzi  

TAKE a Renaissance tour from this guy!! @easelandlens

GATHER art supplies from Zecchi Colors

SHOP at the Gucci flagship store or at least act like you are 

HUNT through the flea market at San Ambrogio  

WATCH the artisans make leather goods at the leather School behind Santa Croce  

EAT at Canitnetta Antinori and Caffe Cibreo, often!   

EXPERIENCE the Gucci Museum

SPEND the morning at the Ufizzi

Then SPEND the afternoon in quiet at the San Marco Museum

SWOON over the sculptures at the Bargello 

DREAM about ordering custom made clothes at this very friendly and beautiful tailor 

GEEK out at the Galileo Museum  

COCKTAILS on the rooftop bar above the crowds. Amazing view. 

 
 
 
 

home on the range

 

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We spend a week, every other year with our extended family at a ranch in Wolf, Wyoming. For 24 years I have been going to this special place and what I appreciate the most is how so very little has changed. The place is timeless. Other than being with family, I love the quality of light, the limited color palette that is available, the silhouette of the land, and the incredible textures Wyoming offers.

 
 
 

unBELIZable

 

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This was my first time in Belize and it will certainly not be my last. What an amazing culture. The people are so genuine and gracious. The light is warm and bright and the colors so vibrant. Will be back to gather more images soon!

 
 
 

in praise of others

1. Favorite GOOGLE PLAY Radio station this week : 

STÉPHANE POMPOUGNAC RADIO

Sometimes I just get sick and tired of my music, which is why the concept of a personalized radio station, in this case, Google Play Radio is brilliant. I wanted something funky this week to sit in the background while I read and sketched. I love any of the Hôtel Costes albums, which are electronic - lounge albums compiled and mixed by Stéphane Pompougnac, who is the resident DJ for the luxury hotel, Hôtel Costes in Paris.. This station has songs by The Gotan Project,  Emmanuel Santarromana,  Dublex... It's a pretty groovy mix but hit the spot this week! Listening to it transported me to a swanky lounge in Paris ordering one cocktail after another.

 

2. Favorite ARTIST I discovered this week:

I've been conducting my own mini art history course over the past few weeks - H E A V E N - and have learned about so many incredible people. I've discovered many new artists but Joann Verburg's work just stopped me in my tracks. Initially I was drawn to her color palette and subjects but after seeing several interviews with her I am completely intrigued with the way she looks at the world. 

JOANN VERBURG  In The Light of The Duomo  2011.

 

 

3. Favorite PAINTING this week:

As I am conducting my own mini art history course this month (once again, HEAVEN) I have had time to relish in the masters. I completely fell in love with INGRES (again). Look at these blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

JEAN-AUGUSTE-DOMINIQUE INGRES  Grand Odalisque  1814

 

4. Favorite BOOK this week:

When you hear raving reviews about a book over and over you get intrigued. I finally picked it up this week at the local bookstore. So far so great!!!

HANYA YANAGIHARA  A Little Life   2015

 

the broad + california

 

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1. We went to Palm Springs and LA this week for mid-winter break. Apart from the sun, the biggest highlight was going to the new BROAD MUSEUM in LA. I have heard so much about this incredible collection but was very taken by seeing so many artists I admire all in one collection. JULIE MEHRETU is one of my favorite artists but I have never seen her work. Upon entering the main floor gallery, I was suddenly face to face with her enormous painting, CAIRO. I was in awe, as were my kids. Bravo and merci to the Broad family!

2. On the way to the PALM SPRINGS ART FAIR

3. Moody sky in PALM SPRINGS

4. Palm + Moon

5. Ode to Glenn Frey and the HOTEL CALIFORNIA album cover

 

 

 

 

les lalannes

C U R R E N T   O B S E S S I O N

  Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne

One of the most exciting things for me is when I discover interesting people. I love to really dive in and figure out all about them - what really makes them tick. A few years ago, I learned about the art couple, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne at an exhibit at Le Musée des Décoratifs in Paris. I had never known of them and was completely struck by their work. Before François-Xavier Lalanne died in 2008, he created huge animal bronzes that are quirky and funky. You might have seen his sheep along Park Avenue many years ago. His wife, Claude creates nature inspired jewelry and furniture as well as monumental sculpture that is also quite quirky and funky. They really pushed the boundaries of sculpture, often with refreshing humor. They were so passionate about their work and it seemed as though their personal lives and their creative lives were one and the same. I really appreciate how creative they were and how much they enjoyed their life together. I obsess over my books about them and have them laying around in the studio for quick inspiration. I recently had a friend visit the studio and she nonchalantly told me that many years ago she took a bath in the blue hippopotamus bathtub. I made her sign the book!

Here are a few of my favorite books on this amazing couple and their work.

  *  Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne: Art. Work. Life.

  *  Lalanne(s)