Thursday, December 30, 2010

a bookcase packed with...

so much more than books...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

still writing...

just a few more and soon I will be done!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

to all my friends...

Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New York: not the usual views...

not the expected Christmas decor, not the expected BIG apple sights, just colorful, unusual, unexpected "story book" views I see with my camera, while I walk in the magic of December's New York!

Friday, December 3, 2010

getting ready...

for the holidays!
For the next few days I have way too much to think, to plan, to create, (to go to New York and come back), etc., etc. It's just no time left for words, but ample time to decorate the house and get immersed into the holiday mood and spirit!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

a carte-postale...

with greetings from a weekend at the hill country!
while discovering the rugged beauty of Texas in the company of Weihong!

Monday, November 22, 2010

made in Italy!

I love so much made in Italy:
but most of all my dearest friend from so long ago....

Felice compleanno carissima Carla! I always think of you, especially in November!

Friday, November 19, 2010

exhilarating snippets of...

views / stuff seen in the course of a day!!!

These are moments that some sort of magic happens and I am lucky to have my camera near by...
These "views" are seen (and oh! so greatly appreciated), when I am in the "taking time to smell the roses" state of mind...  
What I call magic is really not magic at all! It's a whole bunch of things I am surrounded with, views belonging to my everyday landscape that at certain times just touch me in a very extraordinary way.
The sight of a tree's brunches hanging with moss and swaying in the autumn breeze (a rather  ordinary encounter for us living in the south), the huge creature standing still on my front door's frame, the sky ablaze with a show of light happening while I am stuck in traffic, the Beatles greeting me first thing yesterday morning when I opened my browser, looking as fresh and as exciting as I remember them aeons ago...
I am so happy I looked up and saw the Spanish moss glowing in the autumn sun, so glad I am not scared of unknown critters anymore, so thrilled I didn't let the aggravation from rush hour traffic stop me from smiling at the play of light and clouds, and finally I am so ecstatic I still remember how the Beatles made me feel...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Flowers from a friend

A few days ago a friend returned from a lengthy absence, came over for dinner and brought me the most beautiful tulips; this morning it looked like their pick was over and their decline was progressing at a rather accelerating speed. I had to somehow record their incredible beauty, as a reminder of my dearest Weihong's visit and symbol of her amazing precious presence in my life.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

at home

on Halloween night!
Candles everywhere (nothing unusual about that...) and my no knead home baked bread on the table; just before dinner on Halloween night spent at home with good friends.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

sunday morning colour, line, texture...

showing inside a clay pot, outside in the veranda! 
How can anyone run out of inspiration? Here is all an artist needs: a palette of colour, a variety of textures, composition and balance, movement, rhythm, all so amply presented in the freshest and most generous way!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

sumi ink, japanese paper = shading in style!

My newest  orizomegami papers, spread on the floor to be photographed and hung as shades on my studio windows...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

what a privilege...

... to be talked about at Privilege!
I do believe it is a wonderful world and I don't mean just our real 3D breathing day and night world...
I want to talk about the brilliancy and goodness of the cyber world, where the source of knowledge, the way of broadening one's horizons, the endless road to continuous discovery sometimes bring you to a  magical place; then if a certain "happy" concidence is present, then you may also experience the beginning of a new friendship! These must have been the conditions sometime ago that brought me to "Privilege", a blog I thoroughly enjoy reading, searching, and reading again and again. I became a follower and started looking forward to every new post, always covering a vast array of subjects with good sense, excellent taste, superb grounded sincerity, wisdom, honesty, dignity!
You can imaging my immense joy when the morning of September 22 I saw my work and my blogs being the subject that Lisa chose that particular day to talk about.
What can I say? I do feel privileged to have my art talked about in this truly special space and thankful to the good (cyber surfing) fortune that brought me to view "privilege" and start getting to know its wonderful author. Finally I am mesmerized by the possibilities of new friendship found in blogosphere, through blogs/forums that allow us to stop, think, learn, understand, grow!
Thank you Lisa!
a sample of Privilege's brilliant posts:

How Does It Feel To Share A Family Portraitist With The Kennedys?

Fierce at 50. When You Are 20. Or 30.

What Is It About Little Black Dresses?

Is Mother Love An Anachronism?

Friday, October 15, 2010

stylish sights

around New York...
seen as I was stepping out the door - west 57th - so glad I had my camera ready!

the perfect bag: from a quick shopping stop at MOMA, just around the corner!

Monday, October 11, 2010

colourful sights...

around New York...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

California moments...

one of my artbooks: "time after time", on display in a Ventura, CA gallery

a very ephemeral proof that I was there!!!
collecting feathers (!) on the beach in San Clemente!
Funny how some times memories from visiting a certain place turn monochromatic...
Here is a glimpse from a week visiting California last month...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

the excuse...

my book club meeting! 
I always find season change a good excuse for renewal and a great force behind a need to decorate around the house. A few days ago it was my turn to host my book club meeting and all elements were in favor and in perfect synch! The season change mood, a wish to bring again to surface objects holding special meaning, my love for books and old books in general, a desire to try "new" recipes, it all worked to make preparing for this a pleasant and easy affair!  And I ended up finding one more "use" for some of my cyanotype surplus; I turned them into envelope boxes holding book related favors for the guests!

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