Friday, July 22, 2011
This afternoon I found two tiny flags leftover from July 4th and casually "planted" them in a pot of flowers on the patio table. When our kitty arrived for dinner ... she had brought a guest! The two of them gave me just enough time to grab my camera and aim ... before this happy little moment disappeared!
Posted by mary ellen mckenzie at 8:15 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
After struggling with an uncooperative camera for the last week, I finally have a few pics to share from the current exhibition in Austin. As you can see, July was a good month for this exhibit ... since July 4th is one of my favorite celebrations to paint ... I guess that makes us a perfect match!
Cherish Your Freedom!
Posted by mary ellen mckenzie at 5:56 PM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Cy Twombly died last week ... he was 83. Born in the United States in 1928 ... he had been living in Italy since 1957 creating his simple, breathtaking paintings and drawings.
In the summer of 2005 I had the pleasure of sitting before one of his enormous paintings ... where I gazed to my hearts content ... it was a lovely afternoon!
If you ever have the opportunity to visit a museum exhibiting some of his work, give yourself a treat ... go see his paintings in person. There is a mesmerizing collection of his room sized paintings in the Cy Twombly Gallery at Houston's Menil Museum. Even if you do not particularly care for Abstract Expression ... his paintings will almost certainly whisper something to your heart ... that will make you smile! As for me, I am absolutely captivated by the total freedom of his scribbles and marks as they dance across an otherwise blank space! He painted exactly what he wanted ... as he wanted ... for 83 years ... he was an artist's artist!
Thank you, Cy Twombly!
Posted by mary ellen mckenzie at 2:01 PM
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
For some reason ... I cannot seem to explain ... drawing the alphabet with my left hand is very soothing to me! This would not be odd at all except that I am right handed which means there is little control over where these marks will lead ... and it is that odd little feeling that has become very, very comforting!
Posted by mary ellen mckenzie at 5:21 PM
Monday, July 4, 2011
Yesterday afternoon we drove back into town after several fun filled days in Austin! The mission for our trip ... to hang the exhibit for Cafe Lago ... and, we did! After a flurry of tape measuring and hammer banging ... we all took a deep breath and agreed it was "just right" ... then, we packed up and left fourteen "little smiles" hanging on the wall!
Now we were free ... for the next two days ... to laugh and explore the endless possibilities of "food" in Austin! My favorite new discovery on this trip ... Mandola's Italian Market ... the thin crusted Margherita pizza was delicioso!!
Thank you Cafe Lago!