Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Random iPhone Images

It's time for another series of random photos I've taken that don't seem to fit in anywhere on their own.  Above is a gorgeous Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.  I parked next to it recently at Biltmore Fashion Park.  My car looked embarrassingly shabby next to this one.

To the left are the stairs inside the Scottsdale Museum of the West.  Once again, the symmetry caught my eye.

These decorative balloons were flying at my local grocery store recently.  There were animal balloons on one aisle and this police car and fire truck on another.

This last one is back at the Scottsdale Museum of the West again.  There is a sculpture courtyard in the center of the museum and one wall is made of metal with these holes at the top to let water run out whenever it rains.  The water makes these rusty patterns on the wall.  It's the hand of nature making art.

Monday, March 25, 2019


This mural is found in the Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix.  It was painted by artist El Mac along with Augustine Kofie.  El Mac's murals are mostly portraits of people and many have this dreamy look to them.  I'll have to feature some more of them in the future.

Check Sami's Colorful World to see more Monday Murals.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

More Art to Celebrate

Here are a few more photos from the Celebration of Fine Art that I visited last Friday.  Stephanie Revennaugh had both paintings and sculptures at her station and there was  theme of horses in many of them.  Check her website and you will see many more wonderful horse sculptures.

I featured the artist above two years ago when I pictured his "Bull Market" painting. This one is of Times Square and he's added the two chairs right in the center.  Pete Tillack's work is amazingly detailed with just a touch of whimsy.

Speaking of whimsy, take a look at this happy bear.  This is a painting by Bruce Marion.  He paints wonderful art pieces of animals and scenes and in addition, has a special line of "joyful bears".  I have to admit, looking at his bears did make me smile.

The artist, Mark Lewanski wasn't in his booth when I visited to show.  If he had been, I would have asked him how he accomplishes this woven glass.  I think these are both beautiful and impossible.  I found a YouTube video of him discussing how he does this but, I think I'd have to see it in person to really understand.

Here is a close up shot I took so I could show you the weaving detail. Isn't that simply amazing?

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm taking a little trip in a flying machine.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Celebration of Fine Art

I almost forgot all about the annual Celebration of Fine Art in north Scottsdale this year.  This is the last weekend so I'm glad I remembered and headed out there.  As usual the art was spectacular and talking with the artists is always a special treat.  Here are three that I admired.  The top one is a sculpture capped with gorgeous feathers.  The artist is Doug Fountain.

I really liked these wooden vases each topped with something ornamental.  They are by Brian Sykes who came all the way from Charlotte North Carolina.

I wish this photo gave you a better idea of the scale of this piece by Carlos Page.  It's made of metal and could easily take up a whole back garden wall.  He had so many clever pieces to look at.

I'll show you a few more tomorrow.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Two Sides to One Butterfly

I've been heading to the Desert Botanical Garden to walk lately so I made a second trip to the spring butterfly exhibit one day last week.  They are always releasing new butterflies into the pavilion.  This time I saw this pretty giant swallowtail.

The giant swallowtail is just as pretty from the underside as it is from the top.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

In Search of Desert Wildflowers

I did a search for some desert wildflowers last weekend and I didn't have to go far to find some.  They were blooming along roadways.....

....and on desert slopes.  Above are some arroyo lupine and up top, some yellow brittle bush blooms.

Here is a big cluster of globe mallow displaying those pretty orange blooms.

Globe mallow blooms up close. 
I love it when we have enough rain to bring out these beauties.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Food Imitating Art

A few days ago, I met a friend for lunch at the Heard Museum.  I arrived 30 minutes early so went into the museum to see a recent exhibit I had heard about.  I enjoyed the exhibit and then met my friend in the cafe.  The museum usually has something on its menu that compliments the current exhibit and by chance, I ordered it.  It was described as a stacked chicken enchilada.  When they sat the plate in front of me, I was immediately struck by how it was presented to mimic the art in the show.  So after lunch, I went back into the museum to snap a few photos to compare.

The show is called Josef Albers in Mexico and consisted of the artwork of Albers, a German artist.  The pieces are based on a series of photographs he took on his many trips to Mexico to visit some of the ancient sites like Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and others.  He took a lot of photos of the details of the geometric  designs that were used in the building of these places.

These paintings are all called Homage to the Square.  All of the paintings in the show were based on geometric patterns with varying colors.  That enchilada was a pretty clever way to celebrate his art.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Twisted Chimney

What an unusual design for chimneys!  I found them on the top of a shop in the Fifth Avenue shopping area of Scottsdale.  The shop itself looks pretty ordinary but those chimneys on top are anything but.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Dragon Breath

This mural is on the side of a business called Collectors Marketplace.  I believe they sell and trade comic books and other assorted collectors items.  It was painted by an artist called Keomaka and it's been on this building for a very long time.

The front of the building has a little GI Joe action going on and it was painted by the same artist.  I suppose you might say, the art compliments the business.

To see more murals posted today, click here.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Last year at this time I noticed that AJ's Fine Foods had a fancy cake available for people who want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style.  I snapped a photo  and posted it here.

I stopped in the store on Friday to see if they had something similar for this year and sure enough, there it was.  The cake must have been a hit last year because this year the price has gone up.  Last year it cost $49.99 and This year it's $55.00.  There is a high price for celebrating in style!

Hope you have a fun day with or without cake!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm down on the Arizona border with Mexico this time.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Rain and Wind

We had lots of rain followed by lots of wind this last week.  It has finally settled down.  That rain will help the desert wildflowers bloom.  I need to see if I can find any.  The wind just left a lot of leaves, palm bark and debris tossed around on the streets.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Beethoven, Strauss & Bubbles

Last Sunday I went to the Symphony with three other friends where we enjoyed renowned pianist Stephen Hough playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major.  What a wonderful piece of music it is.  The second half of the show featured a piece called Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) by Richard Strauss.  Another excellent and piece of music that I'm so thankful our conductor, Tito Munoz, described before it began.  It made listening to it that much more exciting.

My friends and I also celebrated the event with some bubbly.  Champagne goes with everything!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Learning to Swim & My Purchases

I wonder if all the construction at the Scottsdale Civic Center park has scared off the ducks.  We saw only one duck in the pond and she had only one little duckling.  Momma duck was keeping a very close eye on this little one while it paddled ferociously around the pond.

I also didn't want you to think I left the Arts Festival empty handed.  I did manage two great purchases.  A beautifully hand-woven shawl created by Cheryl Kabala and a very pretty leather handbag by Roche Leather.  I think I did okay!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

More Art, More Temptations

Here are a few more of the pretty (and very tempting) items that were for sale at the Scottsdale Arts Festival last weekend.

Above is a set of wooden bowls that were beautifully decorated with bright patterns by Rebecca Wilson.

To the left is a great print of a rooster.  Wouldn't that look great in a kitchen with an space for it?  You can see it even won a ribbon.  The rooster and other works were created by Stephen and Bonnie Harmston.

Above is a whimsical sculpture of a bull made from quite a few golf clubs. I didn't catch the artists name on that one.

To the left is a metal sculpture by John Benedict.  It really is a beautiful piece.

This last one was another glass vendor.  I always get caught by the glass art.  These pretty objects were created by Ken and Ingrid Hanson.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Festival of the Arts

It was a day filled with happy shopping last Saturday when I attended the Scottsdale Festival of the Arts with a friend of mine.  We arrived at 11:30 and shopped the many booths until 4:30 so you might say we made a day of it.

Apparently, the beautiful glass vendors caught my eye because when I looked at the photos I had taken, a lot of them were of places selling artistic glass objects.  I loved the colorful vases above and I was tempted but resisted.

I recognized the glass flowers to the left. When I stopped to confirm, I saw that I was right.  These pretty glass flowers were made by Viscosity Art Glass of Boulder Colorado.  They are same people who created the gorgeous displays two years ago at the Sherman Gardens in California.  I posted about that show here.

The festival was huge with lots of different art to admire.  This vendor had creative ceramics.  

The city of Scottsdale got a bit creative with this year's festival.  It's held every year at the Scottsdale Civic Park but, this year the park is under some serious construction.  In fact there is a big opening in the center of the park and you can't really get from one side to the other at the moment without making a trip completely around the park's perimeter.  They solved the problem creatively with some scaffolding.  The picture above isn't the greatest, but you can see the scaffolding and some people crossing it if you peek under the that umbrella.  They are in the background climbing over the opening to get to the other side and to the other half of the festival vendors.

I'll have a few more great art works tomorrow.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Photographer

Last Saturday, I made a visit to the Scottsdale Museum of the West to see the exhibit of Barry Goldwater's photographs.  My American readers will recognize the name because he ran for President of the United States in 1964 and was Arizona's Senator before John McCain.

Politics aside, he was also a very talented photographer who contributed many photos to Arizona Highways magazine, one of the most prestigious magazines about the state.

It was an interesting exhibit with many photos of Native Americans Goldwater befriended along the way.  The photo to the left was on the cover of Arizona Highways in 1946.

In addition to the photos he took, there were a lot of family photos on display.  In a special case, I saw these two cameras that were the equipment he used all those years ago.  A Rolleiflex camera on the top shelf and a Nikon F camera on the lower shelf.

There is no question he had a gift for photography.

If you are interested in information about the exhibit you can find it here.  If you would like to see more of his photography, click here for some Google  images.

Sorry this post was a little late today.  I set the wrong time.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Butterflies & Flowers

The spring butterflies are back at the Desert Botanical Garden and I took a quick trip through the pavilion when I was there for a walk last week.  The butterflies were busy enjoying all the flowers.  This white peacock found a pretty pink flower.

The zebra butterfly found an orange flower to enjoy.

And this Gulf Fritillary has it's petticoat showing!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  We are visiting a famous monster!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ready for Mardi Gras

I mentioned yesterday that I went over to my old neighborhood last weekend to photograph the African daisies.  While I was there, I noticed something interesting at the home of the people who always have the elaborate Halloween decorations.  (You can see a sample here.)

Apparently, they are getting ready for a Mardi Gras party and they have covered the tree in front of their house with those colorful Mardi Gras beads.

There were beads everywhere reachable on that tree!

Friday, March 8, 2019

African Daisy Season

It's African Daisy season here in the Valley of the Sun so we are seeing them blooming everywhere!  They are perennials so wherever they were last year, you are bound to find them this year.

I drove over to my old neighborhood last weekend to take some photos.  I remember all the yards that have them planted so I knew exactly where to go to get some photos.

And while I was snapping photos, this pretty little butterfly came flying by and decided to pose for a photo.  Wasn't that nice?  I couldn't have asked for a better model.