From Where They Sit….”Rosie’s Girls” Share Their Views

From Where They Sit….“Rosie’s Girls” Share Their  Views

I saw an amazing  exhibition at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Art Center this past Saturday, and  just had to share.

Rosie’s Girls“, Santa Monica exhibited chairs that they had both constructed and painted, along with poems the girls had written about themselves, and what thy saw “from where they sat”.  Fun, playful, moving, and inspiring, I photographed a number of the pieces, and present them here for your viewing pleasure. Goooo Girrrrrls!


WEB1What is “Rosie’s Girls“?  Think, “Rosie the Riveter“…

WEB2Who are “Rosie’s Girls“?

WEB4The inspirational chairs line the main  hallway in  building G, at Bergamot Station Art Center2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA (310) 453-7535

WEB3Chairs as Art…Fine and Functional

WEBaWEBabWEBbWoman Power!

WEBcThe Fault in Our Stars

WEBdDash (?)

WEBeShe sees Birds


WEBgShe sees Popcorn!

WEBhWEBhhhhhWEBhhWEBhhhhWEBhhhObviously, a fellow “Who Head”!


WEBjShe is thinking ahead!


WEBlWEBllMoi aussi, Mademoiselle, moi aussi….!

Check it out, the show is definitely worth seeing.  It will touch your heart, and give you hope for the future!

Thank you…Merci…Rosie’s Girls!




Happy Hunting: Treasures from the The Huntington 2

Happy Hunting: Treasures from the Huntington Library 2

The Huntington” (The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens) is a place to keep coming back to. After wanting to get there for over two years, a visit was finally made, and some of its treasures revealed. Today we revel in the glories of furniture carved, painted, and upholstered to perfection!

WEBiiiThese look to me for all the world like two proper “sisters” decked out and dressed to the nines…but in perfect taste, of course. They are a…


WEBiHere’s a closer-up show the incredible craftsmanship. Note the use of complimentary colors…the green of the upholstery contrasts with the reddish walls behind.


WEBijjThe Gothic Revival bookcase is rich with decorative detail, while its clean lines and shape give an architectural feel.

WEBijjjWe can see the age and weathering of the piece, like layers of history.

WEBlIf this piece was “perfectly restored”, it would not have the same feeling, or emotion. Here we can see the passage of time, though its beauty, artistry and design are timeless.

WEBkjjjjEvery area embellished, ornamented, adorned.

WEBkjRepeated use of line creates whimsical complexity

WEBkjjj“Art”, “Science”, “Commerce”, Literature”, “Music”, “Agriculture”





WEBq“…representing the medieval union of the liberal and mechanical arts.”

Indeed…Charles Locke Eastlake!


Green, Green, My Heart is Green

Green, Green, My Heart is Green

webEHere’s looking at You kid…with the greenest eye.

Inspired by a post on ORANGE, written by Anna Nahman of L’Essenziale Home Designs, and a little walk i took today, I decided to write about that most Life Affirming of all colors…Green.

It is the Fall season…Autumn…a time in many locales of oranges, rusts, sometimes brilliant reds, and greens that are fading into yellow…but here in Santa Monica, green, bursting at the seams and filled with blooms of color, abounds.

Fall is also a time of new beginnings…new school year…projects, growth and cycles of all kinds.

Therefore…join me please, as I celebrate the glory , growth, and greatness of Green!

3Cmkting13C Marketing Group gets Green Power!!

cc2Green gradations on exterior architecture can brighten even the San Francisco fog!

LAgreengradAnd the Los Angeles “version”…bright light, Chartreuse.

Green 0311Bulls eye…Kelly green seen between two buildings hits the visual mark!

blushThe tart, green apple “taste” of this yogurt shop, (in terms of Synesthesia) stirs up the appetite!

GreenDoorjambGreen paired with its opposite/compliment red (or in this case, pink) makes for a striking interior image.

lady_aThe complimentary red ladybugs stand out against the green background, making a strong statement.

green2Soft, weathered greens flow across wooden poles which form a fence, and blend naturally into the landscape.

green3Verdigris is  the natural patina which forms on the surface of  copper, bronze, or brass as it is exposed to air and water, wind and weather over time.  It’s aqua-green tints work well in natural settings.

WEBBGreens don’t have to be brilliant to be beautiful…a soft grey green exterior punctuated by a wooden door melds perfectly with the dark  green vines which trail over it.  There is a melancholy to Autumn…after all.

But…let us not end on a melancholy note…let’s end with the glory of green…WEBd

Oct122012_6378WBpushing its way through the grey pavement, a go-getter…growing…growth…grown…it just won’t stop, or give up.

And neither should we.

Happy Fall Everyone!