Thursday, January 31, 2019

An Evening with Maira and Alex Kalman Presenting Sara Berman's Closet at the Skirball Museum or How I Learned to Mix a Cezanne Grey

Maira takes her family around the gallery. One lady exclaimed to me, "THIS! This is my Auntie's closet. Can you believe it?"

Some memorable moments from the evening: 

Being two steps in front of Maira Kalman and her family as they toured Sara Berman's closet together. The stories she told!

Entering the auditorium and handed given postcards with quotes and drawings on them by Maira and Alex Kalman as well as moderator Paul Holdengraber! 

Paul Holdengraber was an added bonus! I love listening to his NYPL podcast and was VERY excited to hear that he had moved to Los Angeles only two days prior to start a new venture. 

Freshly baked sesame cookies on the table (after peeking at Sara's cookie press in her closet.)

A Garbo book in her closet.

Maira reaching into her pocket during the conversation and taking out a piece of paper. On the piece of paper were two things: a quote from Cezanne (I wasn't quick enough to write it down but I am searching for it.) As well as the recipe for Cezanne grey: Yellow Ochre. Ultramarine. White. Black. (I ran to the art store the next day before I trekked North to teach.)

Alex Kalman is very, very funny.

Seeing Maira's paintings without the text on them.

Seeing Maira's handwriting on the wall.

A clip from "Top Hat" opening the evening.

The small chair.

Everyone leaves somewhere.
Everyone leaves everyone.
And there you go.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

My Weekend in Fremont

Sunday Artists: Maria, Lisbeth, Raven, Sara, Yvonne and Meryl

I was blown away by the work this past weekend. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like being in a room full of working artists. I wish I had taken more photos. I wish I had remembered to take photos in all of the workshops. Paper, paint and inspiration flew all weekend long. 

I'm glad that I at least have these as my friend, Maria Moesch was on it. Many of these photos are hers from the weekend. (Thanks, Maria!)

Top from left to right: Two books by Raven, Maria's palette, unknown palette? (please correct me so I can properly credit)

Middle: Moon Woman by Maria, two books by Sara, Lisbeth's book, Maria's book

Bottom: Lisbeth's book, Raven's book (red tulips and women), house and heart by Maria, Blossoming flower by Meryl, Shrine page by Yvonne, page under that and to the right with writing by Maria, large journal by Sara and two blue circles with red lines by Meryl. 

Thank you to my generous students for allowing me to share photos of them as well as their work. It's nice to share the inspiration beyond our weekend.