Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MY #SOCALART - Richard Diebenkorn at Palm Springs Art Museum


This is all the photography one is allowed to capture, but I link you to the Palm Springs Art Museum web page below to explore for yourself the current exhibition of 

This show is so well curated I found myself on a voyage, going back and forth between rooms as if I were on a cloud pushed by the wind through abstract landscapes which suddenly become representational, then abstract once again. 

It matters not which way you enter, your companions will be the influence from Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Henri Matisse and of course line, color, form, and Big Canvas.  Green grass, blue sky, realities of women - breathtaking. 

Take the drive out, from now until February 16, 2014. 


Saturday, November 23, 2013

MY LOS ANGELES - Mary Heebner - The Venus Paintings - at EDWARD CELLA ART + ARCHITECTURE

Wanna be inspired? 

Make your way across the street from LACMA to Edward Cella Art + Architecture and experience the rare authentic beauty of woman through Mary Heebner's new work, 


  Earth - Air - Colour - Handmade paper. 

Santa Barbara painter Mary Heebner's deep appreciation for the mythology of woman is created anew in these lustrous large format collage paintings. 

Here in Cella's gallery is woman. 

Being. Still. Earthbound in her beauty, radiant in her spirit which, through Heebner's paintings live again and dwell among us.

That is all you need to know. Go & be inspired.



Friday, January 11, 2013

The Garden Design of Downton Abbey - aka Highclere Castle

MORE for Downton Abbey fans:

Check out this article from GARDEN DESIGN.COM for the gardens on the other side of the house. Hooray!!!! An undiscovered DA area. Thank you Ken Webb for sending on the message.


And then the interview with Mrs. Patmore:


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The "Spellbinding Magic" of Downton Abbey, written by Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey is back.

The delicious story of the Crawley family, set inside the magnificent estate of Downton Abbey.

Season 3 opened Sunday on PBS.


and this is going to be a roller coaster of a season, episode by episode packed with Blockbuster events. I won't spoil it for you, but I have seen the entire season and watch it again, week by week on television, just to be sure I haven't missed anything, which of course I have, because feasting my eyes on the interior of this home, the library with all that red, the dining room and it's paintings, it's Massive Van Dyck, oh, PLEASE hold the camera a little tiny bit more on the long shot dining room scenes, please allow us to see that painting a little bit longer, the drawing room and it's draperies, sofas and chairs, it's objects, it is impossible to tire of.

Main character being, of course, Downton Abbey, aka Highclere Castle  http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk open this summer and ready for your visit.

A lot to be said, and a lot to follow this season. It is Spring, 1920.  From episode 1, here are some of my favorite lines:

"Family must never be a topic of conversation." - Violet

"No time for trading young hobbelty hoys."    - Carson - did I spell that correctly? And even if I didn't what exactly, Mr. Julian Fellowes is a hobbelty hoy? Love it.

"Gone? The lion's share of Cora's fortune?"  Lord Grantham

"If there's not enough money to run it, Downton must go."  the trustee

"Don't worry about me, I'm an American, have gun, will travel." - Lady Grantham

"You'll find we Crawley's stick together."  - Violet

"You came. I wasn't sure you would." - Matthew

"I'm glad. I should hate to be predictable."  Lady Mary

"He has been a clot!"   Matthew

"I shall be Countess of Grantham one day and in my book
                    the Countess of Grantham lives in Downton Abbey."  - Lady Mary

"Nothing succeeds like excess." - Violet

"Never mistake a wish for a certainty." - Violet

"I'm so sorry, I thought you were a waiter." - Violet

"You've done something jolly with your hair." Sir Anthony Strallan

Well, I could go on, but for now don't we love the way the camera is placed, the cuts back regularly to the house as star, the characters, the lovely single strands of beads against the magnificent Chanel, Worth and Balenciaga dresses?

I'm happy for Julian Fellowes. Here is a writer with attention to detail, (a MUST,) determination and a great sense of humor.

Downton lives.

Please go to the PBS website and watch the Secrets of Highclere Castle to see even more of an inside view. http://video.pbs.org/video/2320059755

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cathy Daley - New Work at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

Wanna have some fun?

Why not sashay over to Edward Cella Art +Architecture, just

across the street from LACMA, where Toronto artist

Cathy Daley has given us all a girlish treat.

The exhibition opened last night and I delighted in the view

of each black oil pastel drawing. Skirts up, knees knocked

and eyes popped. The crowd dressed appropriately in black

leather, studded boots, and short dresses, and why not? Here's

a refreshing look at the "gestures" we girls know all too well.

Cathy Daley: New Work
January 5, 2013 - March 2, 2013

Go, take a friend, and breathe a sigh of relief.


Cathy Daley