Quick errands to downtown Sac allowed me the opportunity to visit a few new murals from the Wide Open Walls 916 festival in town. I love how they bring life to an otherwise boring and dirty and uninteresting wall or alley. The Auto Museum mural was still under construction when I happened by. Enjoy!
Wide Open Walls 916 festival is in full swing over here and I am loving this larger than life mural. A separate artist has filled in each letter making them fun and distinct. And I happened by while artists were working on the C! I have a feeling this wall will be iconic for years to come.
Fighting with cataracts Claude Monet became a master of impressionism and a forebear of modernism. With a muted color pallet he fought through a disease that could have broken a lesser man. I feel privileged to have seen and visited Giverny and so many of Monet’s works in person both in Paris at Marmotton and Orangerie, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and now at the De Young in San Francisco.
I posted last week lighter and brighter early works seen at Orangerie, those which are the most famous and known worldwide. But this “Later Works” exhibit at the De Young was amazing. It was fantastic to see how he adapted both with color and impressionism. Giverny, his muse, is identifiable in mind bending ways. His pink house, his roses, water lilies, the Japanese bridge all recognizable if you know what you are looking at. All of which are blurry and likely painted at least partially from the memory of a man who loved this land as much as he could any single person.
I stood before them humbled if not for the masses of people stepping on my feet and elbowing my sides. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful things and places in my life but these “things”, these paintings, are something meaningful and hard to explain for me. I am grateful for them, the man who created them, and grateful for the opportunity to have seen them in person.
A few years back I had the luxury, and yes I will call it luxury, of visiting the sublime Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. It was a trip highlighted by Mr. Claude Monet first at Giverny, then at Musee Marmonttan Monet and finally at Orangerie. Monet felt Paris needed a little cheering up after the war and gave them a place of peace and sanctuary to observe and be with his massive water lilies. (I think that is a beautiful sentiment some of us could use even now.) Since this visit I have been hyper aware of all things Monet counting the days until I can visit the tulips at Giverny again. Why am I writing about this now? Well, I recently visited an exhibit of late Monet works in San Francisco which I will post about in short order and I thought it would be fun to see early works flanked by later works soon. Stay tuned friends…
The Wide Open Walls festival is in full swing in Sacramento again for 2019! This one isn’t so much a wall but I love the rainbow colors! This new addition has an interesting take on a “wall.” It’s right smack in the middle of a new housing development who has chosen to retain a few of the old mill related items from before its redevelopment. I love the fresh look and imagine it will be iconic for the area. Cheers!
This time of year marks the time of year in Sacramento where it’s too hot to do much of anything outdoors unless it’s bright and early in the morning. So, baby bulldog and I headed for Old Sacramento to watch the old steam trains. We had a nice little walk through old town enjoying the architecture and trains and fresh air. While old town is totally commercial and touristy I’ve been visiting my entire life and never get tired of it unless it’s too crowded. I look forward to taking my son here many more times over the years to explore Sacramento history and to just travel back in time for a few hours at a time.
California is speckled with Missions. Each and everyone one is different in size, color and current level of rehabilitation. They are a lot of fun to visit and a good excuse for a drive. My parents even took their honeymoon in 1969 visiting various missions up and down California. I’m not sure how popular that is now-a-days to do so. But, it’s a good excuse to drive the state and see what there is to see and visit everything in between. Mission San Rafael is clearly the recipient of a lot of love because it looks like new! #PINK I’ve always fancied trying to visit every mission. With any luck one day I’ll have them all checked off the list!
The Wide Open Walls 916 festival is about to kick off again in Sacramento and I’m totally excited! I very much enjoyed visiting the various locations throughout Sacramento since last summer mural viewing and can’t wait to see what the artists come up with for this year’s festival. The art freshens up boring or run down buildings. It gives people an excuse to visit buildings or parts of town perhaps they wouldn’t normally. It freshens up areas of town and brings new energy. Somehow it makes me feel like my humble town has “finally arrived!”
Stay tuned for new murals big and small! Click here for previous posts on lots of exciting local art.
Let’s hope decorative stairs are a trend in San Francisco! I love decorative stairs. Why not make something benign in to an art installation? Why not attract people to something interesting like this? And if anyone will do it San Francisco will do it! Thanks to a local school’s efforts and lots of donations we have another wonderful example of decorative stairs. I posted about the 16th Avenue Mosaic Stairs a while back. I think the 16th avenue stairs win the contest only because they are taller, they sparkle in the sunshine, and they tell a story. These however, are lovely and interesting, and are flanked by some lovely trees overlooking the beautiful Lincoln Park. The steps can be found at Lincoln Park @ the California Street dead end. Have a walk up and stroll to the Legion of Honor for lunch at the café and some world class art.
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Ever wonder what’s at the end of the world? Well, at Land’s End in San Francisco Bay, it’s a labyrinth and an amazing view of the most iconic bridge in the world…the Golden Gate. I’ve been visiting this city for a long time and only just heard about this labyrinth. Where has it been all this time? I had to go check it out. And check it out I did in the same high heels I used to go shopping earlier int he day. Readers, I risked my ankles for you! You are welcome! 😉
The labyrinth can be accessed most easily by parking at the Legion of Honor and walking on the cart path north towards the Golden Gate Bridge through the golf course. The path will lead to the labyrinth but it also navigates around the entire peninsula making for a splendid sea walk. The path is not handicap accessible. If you plan it right stop for a visit at the Legion of Honor which is worth a look any day of the week! Eat there at their lovely café or top it off for some Clam Chowder by Ubering to the Cliff House overlooking Ocean Beach at sunset.