Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hypothesis


When I was at the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday evening, I checked out a couple of new exhibits I hadn't seen before.  I found this one quite interesting.  It is the work of an Argentinian artist named Horacio Zabala.  He is recognized as one of the most important conceptual artists from Argentina.


Zabala was educated as an architect but became active as an artist in the late 1960's.  He has a fascination of space and "the means by which space is defined".




He is quoted as saying: "My intention, and my attention, are not only oriented toward what is effectively seen, but also what is thought about what is being seen."



























Personally, there was something very appealing to me about these pieces.  I love the use of solid colors and precise shapes and I like the mathematical look of the way they are presented.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Light up the Cactus!


The theme for last Friday's First Friday Artwalk was "Light up the Night" and the Phoenix Art Museum got into the theme with these colored lights projected on to the cactus garden outside the museum.  I saw these before I saw the ladies with the lighted costumes that I featured yesterday.



The cactus were lit up with a rainbow of colors.

I love how the individual colors got all mixed up to give that cactus in the back a multi-colored effect.


































Monday, December 5, 2016

First Friday Event


I got an email from the Phoenix Art Museum listing several things they had going on for their First Friday Artwalk event last Friday.  One of the things mentioned was a performance by a group called Vessel who are a dance/performance art group.  I hadn't been to a First Friday event in a while so I decided to go.  These ladies are from the performance art group.  They were wearing lighted costumes and they were using hand-held devices to project small videos on to their costumes as they walked.  You can see something projected on to the bodice of the lady above's dress.




This one projected her video on to the floor in front of her.































And, this one is projecting on to the shawl over her arm.

It's one of those performance art pieces that is impossible to explain to anyone.  You just have to observe and enjoy when you see it.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lined up on the Street



I was trying to locate a business in the Sunnyslope area of North Phoenix last week when I spotted these posts lining one of the the streets.  I pulled over to get a closer look.  I'm not sure what they are for other than to signify a certain area.  This guy is obviously a doctor which makes sense.  I was parked in front of a medical building.




















A little further down was this guy who looks a bit like a businessman.  Maybe he manages the medical building.































I pointed my telephoto lens down to the next block and spotted these people along the street between the trees.  It's an interesting way to mark the area.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I talk about a repeat visit that didn't hold up to the first experience.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wine Cellar


If it weren't for all those horizontal lines, this would look like a real wine cellar.  I pass by this mural-like "wine cellar" very often because it's just down the street from me.  It's located on a roll-up garage door on a business that does large scale printing.  I've seen big delivery trucks in front of this place getting large picture-prints put on the sides of the trucks so we are talking very large scale printing.  Every time I see this I think how realistic it looks.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Lined with Palm Trees


I found this street in north Phoenix that is lined with palm trees.  It looks like it's just a narrow little lane but....
































....checking more closely, I see it's a divided street but only one lane is lined by the palm trees.  Those are very mature palm trees so I'm just guessing but, I bet the other lane was added in more recent years and it was originally just a narrow lane.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Theme Day: Transitions



I had to think about this theme before I came up with the idea of using one of my favorite trees to photograph.  This tree is located in Steele Indian School Park and I've photographed it many times at different times of the year.  So I made a collage of the tree in different seasons.

The first one was taken in April when it was full with spring growth, the second in August in the middle of the summer, the third in December when it just started to lose it's leaves and the last one in February with last year's leaves gone and new buds showing up.  That is the common cycle here in the desert.

Click here to see other "Transitions" from around the world.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More Copper Clad Buildings


I mentioned in a post last week that I found another new building going up in downtown Phoenix that is part of Arizona State University.  It's another building with copper siding and another building with an interesting architectural design.  I haven't yet seen what part of the school will be housed in this building but, I do know that it is located very close to some of the other medical studies buildings.


The new building is going up next door to another building with similar copper siding.  There is always something new going on in downtown Phoenix now that ASU has substantial presence in the city.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Covey of Quail


There is a spot near the patio cafe at the Desert Botanical Garden where I like to sit for a while.  It's a quiet spot.  Not many people know how to get there so I'm usually on my own and can enjoy the nature around me without any distractions.


The tables and chairs in that quiet spot sit under a big cascalote tree which happens to bloom during the winter months.  So in addition to the solitude, there is a sweet scent in the air produced by these wonderful yellow blooms.


When I was there last week, I had to share the spot with a covey of quail who were very busy eating the blooms that had fallen from the tree.  So the blooms not only smell good, they must taste good too.  They tasted so good, that the quail didn't seem to mind sharing the spot with me.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Decorations


Holiday decorations started going up even before Thanksgiving last week.  The Desert Botanical Garden waited until the Friday following Thanksgiving to put up their tree.  I went for a walk there last Friday and caught the tree decorators in action.  It's going to be a very pretty tree when they get it done.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Picnics in the Park


My friends and I weren't the only ones dining al fresco on Thanksgiving day.  I took a drive through Papago Park around 11:00 AM and found it to be a very busy place.  In fact, almost every picnic ramada was full of people.  My favorite spot by the lagoon was so busy, there was someone directing traffic to different parking spots.


That is one very large family.  How would you like to cook for that group?


In that top photo, you might be able to see lots of people up in the hole-in-the-rock behind the gathering.  I zoomed in to grab a photo of the large group of people who were doing a little rock climbing before they had their Thanksgiving feast.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm making a new architectural discovery.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

An Arizona Thanksgiving


Last year my friend David hosted Thanksgiving dinner and this year one of our friends who attended that dinner hosted this year's dinner.   We started the evening in their gorgeous yard by the pool.


And visited for a bit while we munched on delicious hors d'oeuvres.  


Then we sat down to a lovely dinner with all the standard trimmings on the patio next to a roaring fire in the fireplace.  The food was delicious and the conversation lively and dining outdoors was an extra treat.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Just a Little Bungalow


I was driving around downtown Phoenix last weekend and saw this cute and very well maintained little bungalow.  I'm betting it dates back to the 1920's or 1930's.  I also spotted some more new Arizona State University buildings.  I'll show you those sometime next week.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Day for Eating


Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States so there is going to a lot of cooking and eating going on all over the country.  A great many kitchens will look similar to this with something on every burner and a full oven too!  I took this photo at my friend David's house last year on Thanksgiving while the preparations were going on.

If you are celebrating with a big meal today, ENJOY!  Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

RED Wheels!


I saw an amazing flash of brilliant red as I passed a used car lot and had to circle back to see exactly what it was.  I have never seen red wheels before.  Wow, do they ever stand out!


Here's the whole car.  Amazing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dancing in the Streets


I found something new at the Farmer's Market last Saturday, a dance floor.  Over in one corner, a DJ was playing music and had put down a flat dance floor and people seemed to be completely enjoying it.


If I hadn't been carrying fresh bread and vegetables, I might have joined them.  It looked like so much fun.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Trip to the Farmers Market


I made a trip to the downtown Farmer's Market on Saturday and even though I was there a little late, I found plenty to admire.  Like this wonderful selection of chilis.


Or these great looking cherry tomatoes.


There were some nice looking apples for sale.


And, I even spotted this cheerful fellow in the strangest hat I'd ever seen.  When I asked if I could take his picture, he happily obliged but his friends disappeared around the corner.  I don't think they wanted to be in the shot with him.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Passing the Time


When I went to the Phoenix Art Museum weekend before last, I decided to have lunch at the museum's restaurant.  I was standing waiting to be seated when a couple of things caught my eye.  First, all the colorful bottles of drinks in the refrigerated case that sits by the lunch counter.  I liked how the lights inside the case lit all those colorful drinks.


Second was this lovely table in the waiting area.  Something about the simplicity of it appealed to me.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Take a peek inside the beautiful Tate Britain Museum.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mercado Craftsmanship


Two of my favorite things to look at when I visit the annual Mercado de las Artes at the Heard Museum are the ceramics and the carpet weavings.  Above are some of the beautiful pieces of ceramics by Arte Ventosa.  This was one of the first vendors I visited and when I passed by on my way out, that round plate in the center was gone.  It went home with some lucky shopper.


The ceramics kiosk also had this interesting display of the stages of this artistic pottery.  Looking at it you can see how the finished piece started out.



The craftsman who creates the carpet weavings is Porfirio Gutierrez. This one to the left is my favorite one of his pieces.






























This one was pretty nice too!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mercado People & Crafts


At the Heard Museum's Mercado de las Artes, this lady was demonstrating her talent for weaving.


Some of her beautiful textiles were hanging nearby. 


Another artist had this beautifully crafted vase for sale.  What a perfect face on that wolf!


































And this young lady was enjoying her lunch and her colorful new headband and flower.

One more post about crafts tomorrow.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mariachis!


The third event I attended last Saturday was the annual Heard Museum's Mercado de las Artes.  The event features artists from the southwest and Mexico displaying and selling their artistic creations.  It also features music and food.  This large Mariachi group entertained us for quite a while.



They played lively songs and sang along on many of them.

































They even posed for photos after their set was done.  They were certainly a cheerful bunch and were beautifully costumed with wonderfully large sombreros.

Tomorrow I'll show you some of the arts and crafts on display.