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Friday
Dec312010

Pixar Exhibit, December 31, 2010

Was fortunate to finally check out the PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation exhibit at the Oakland Museum this morning with my sister and dear friends. What an experience! The museum does not allow photography in the exhibit, so I can only share images that I found on the web (credited accordingly).


Seeing the storyboards in pastels, collages and ink/pencil drawings were amazing. It was cool seeing the many iterations of characters from "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc." What intrigued me even more was seeing the notes from the artists on the studies. A study of underwater plant life for "Finding Nemo" would have a note indicating which plant shape should be used for an upbeat part of the story, and another shape for a darker scene.

This was a collage done for a superhero study for "The Incredibles". Awesome!

 

Witnessing a conglomeration of talent like that was almost overwhelming, in a wonderful way. You can see in every line of lead or ink, the true passion these artists possess.

The Toy Story Zoetrope is quite the experience!


This thing had a ton of sculptures, all slightly different from each other to show movement. The entire disc would spin around really fast and a strobe light would come on, which would create the "animation" before you. Woody riding the horse, the soldiers parachuting...it was so neat to see. Watched it twice, emerging with fuzzy eyes and brain!

I have some goals for my artwork for the new year, and this was a beautiful and inspiring way to send 2010 out. Everyone in the Bay Area should definitely check it out. The exhibition ends on January 9th. I'm tempted to go back again!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my artwork, whether it be following my blog or being a wonderful customer at my Etsy shop. I also thank my loved ones who have been a great source of strength and inspiration to me.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantastic 2011! I have a couple of drawings I've done this past week that I will share this weekend :)

Sunday
Jan102010

"Cartier and America"

Had a wonderful Sunday, headed out to see the "Cartier and America" exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. It was truly breathtaking, the craftsmanship really was a sight to see. The settings for the necklaces and tiaras were as intriguing as the final piece to me. The historical aspect of the jewelry was just as interesting, seeing pieces owned by Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, and Gloria Swanson. I love old Hollywood so it was a double-feature of gorgeous jewelry and American royalty.

The thing that struck me as I moved through the exhibition, were the pieces that spoke most to me. Knowing who owned a piece added dimension. For example, seeing the jewelry that the Duke of Windsor had given to his wife, Wallis Simpson, for whom he had surrendered the throne, was really neat to see. Knowing that those pieces were given out of a true love made them even more beautiful. Conversely, there was a collection of jewelry that belonged to Barbara Hutton, who for all her riches, had a tragic life. Diamonds ain't always a girl's best friend.

They also had a room filled with Cartier's sketches for various pieces, including a top hat pin commissioned by Fred Astaire. There was also a video which showed how a piece was made, that was very intriguing.

We wrapped up the afternoon with an early supper at Tommy's Joynt for sandwiches. It was our first time going, and really hit the spot!

The exhibit was great for enjoying jewelry as an art form, definitely check it out.

Photos in order: Legion of Honor, Diablo magazine, my own

Monday
Apr062009

old friends

Yesterday started off as a sad reminder of what happened 3 years prior. My sweet cat of 13 years, Trixie, was put to sleep after fighting cancer for two months. I remember the passing of every pet, in great detail. Just hits me hard I guess.

After taking care of my friends' cute kitty in the morning, I decided to go do something fun. The weather was impossibly gorgeous, and The DeYoung Museum in SF was exhibiting a retrospective devoted to the great fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

Something that people may not known about me, is that I considered fashion design as a career early on. Not because I'm a fashion plate (clearly not the case!), but just the idea of incorporating my love of line in a tactile, 3D format. As a teenager I would gravitate to YSL's designs, having been a fan of YSL's mentor, Christian Dior. I remember clipping fashion photos of dresses that I liked, the combination of textures and clean lines.

I never got around to visiting the exhibit, and got the reminder Friday about it ending this weekend. Since everyone else I knew had plans, I just hopped in the car and zipped down to Golden Gate Park. The weather was spectacular. I had checked out the Warhol exhibit while I was there, which was interesting, especially the strobe light room. While I am not a huge fan of Warhol, I'll give him props. Never knew he was a huge classical music fan, so that was neat.

The YSL exhibit was incredible, examples from his entire career were on display, along with original sketches and fabric swatches. The main room had a wild selection of materials - feathers from ostriches, pheasants, vultures (!).

The dresses dedicated to his favorite artists were particularly beautiful. One jacket, inspired by Van Gogh's Irises, was meticulously beaded. You could tell the shiny beads were used on the edges of the "brushstrokes" and a more matted texture was used in the center of the stroke. The balance of detail and strong lines really resonated with me. Other costume-style gowns and haute couture was exhibited, and the place was packed. A couple dresses stood out to me...one was a white strapless crepe dress with a band of black tied down the center in the front. Sadly, they didn't allow photography (easier to sell the book in the gift shop), and due to the crush of the crowd (serves me right for going on a Sunday lol), I was only able to snag a hurried sketch:

I was so glad to see the retrospective, and it reminded me of what allured me to his work so many years prior.

Afterwards I strolled around the galleries, seeing old paintings I've visited for more than 20 years. The DeYoung was renovated a few years back, due to damage from the Loma Prieta earthquake. It still feels nice to walk past an Henri or Sargent...familiar. Was comforting in a way. Thinking of my dear kitty in the morning, felt right to see things that touch my heart.

Visiting museums like that is like visiting an old friend. Even with a different exterior, still contain beauty that continues to speak to me.