This past weekend at the Modern museum shop, Israel spotted this turquoise pillow printed with the Queen's image from an old 81 pence stamp.
A few weeks ago, when the Google Doodle became a very cool, very interactive doodle version of the mini Moog, I had an impulse to hear some of the old music. I found a 'Switched-On' box set on Amazon. Listening to it on and off in the past two weeks was nostalgic. My Bach consciousness has come a long way, but these old arrangements still bring a smile.
The new year has been kind of rough so far. A bad winter cold, a rash from hell, a cracked rib, a broken water heater, a falling ceiling, not to mention a week of temperatures below 0°F. Friday night I was in the doldrums awaiting the next onslaught when Scott called out of the blue and asked me to join him for First Friday (the day each month that most galleries stay open at night.) He had to talk me into to it, but I joined him.
We went to three galleries, the last of which was the studio of a woman named Jarv. She was about my age. She painted in water colors. Though her paintings were conservative - even traditional - they were quite lovely. She had that water color technique that finds a delicate balance between surrender & control. She had moved here recently from San Francisco with her husband's job transfer. She thought they would return to California at some point, but she said she was enjoying her time here. She even started painting local subjects.
I decided my winter had been bad enough that I needed a treat - so, impulsively, I bought one of her more reasonably priced pieces.
And now I find it's the only thing I own with the image of a cowboy.
As I was driving home this morning from practicing, I noticed a large black bird perched on a branch of my tree that hangs over the street. The bird was high in the air almost in the middle of the street. I pulled in the driveway and pulled my phone out to capture it -- but as I clicked, the bird flew off.
past 24 hours included (but not limited to): business meeting; quickfire coding - things had to move in minutes; birthday celebration with work mates; funeral for lelly's aunt susie; house cleaning; 2.5 hours of practice on bach & reger for march 6 recital; choir practice; dinner with israel;
scott hyde came by this afternoon. he stayed for four hours. it was a very nice conversation. at the end we went through "a storybook life" together on the couch. his comments were very interesting - mainly about the multiple light sources used in almost all of the photographs.