Art, Galleries, Cats and Family

I am posting a little early this week.  My daughter is coming home from college tomorrow and I know I will be busy this weekend spending time with her and our family.  I have been cleaning most of the day, I have to confess I set my sewing machine up in her room while she was away and well, kind of made a mess. 😦  Her cat Button, who her dad and I have been spoiling, was “supervising” my efforts.

Button in studio

Button supervising my cleaning… and yes, that is dirt and lint on my black cat, kind of like keeping a black car clean.

I am looking forward to having her around this summer and we plan to visit some art galleries and museums together.  The Getty is definitely on our list. If anyone has a favorite art gallery in the greater Los Angeles area that we should visit, please leave me a comment.  I always get so inspired and motivated when I visit a gallery, I love to see different mediums and art up close and in person.

Button, Inspired by my art!  :)

Button, Inspired by my art! 🙂

Speaking of the Getty, A few weeks ago I was invited to visit the Reading Room at the Getty Museum. It was an awesome visit!  An educator from the professional portrait photography industry and the curator lead a small group of artists in a discussion and up close study of about 18 photographs. The Getty has a wonderful on-line gallery of their art collection and I have linked to some of the photographs we studied.  We saw the gelatin silver print ‘Human Erosion in California (Migrant Mother) by Dorothea Lange, an original Polaroid of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Andy Warhol, and my favorite of the group, a platinum print “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Portrait”  by Alfred Stieglitz. This is a beautiful, expressive image of her hands.  I just love pictures of hands, they tell such a beautiful story… I guess they just speak to me. We also saw a framed hand-colored daguerreotype “Portrait of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre” by Charles Richard Meade. 

It was a wonderful and unique experience to see these beautiful photographs up close and have the time to study them.  A day I will always remember.

Now I better be off to the final touches of cleaning up my daughter’s room.  I got my fabric and sewing machine moved out to my studio.  You can see how helpful Button was…

photograph of Button snoozing

Button, snoozing when he should be helping me!

Have a wonderful creative weekend, Janell