Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Late this afternoon we visited the newly-reopened Griffith Observatory. They've done a good job of maintaining the old and familiar while expanding and adding new displays. We were treated to a lovely sunset while there. We'll go back again in the summer and hopefully get into the planetarium this time.
Also, this morning Yvette and I completed walks 5 and 6 from Walking L.A. They are both very short so we did a two-fer. The former circumnavigates a two-block housing tract in Mar Vista designed by modernist architect Gregory Ain in the 1940s. Pretty cool. The latter is at the Ballona Wetlands in Playa Vista. You can see photos of both walks here.
Posted by Hashi at 8:09 PM
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
A sudden, fierce storm blew through last night. This morning the sky's blue and the sun's out, but there's a bitter wind blowing. I walked to the supermarket for a backpack of groceries, and on the way back looked for a good place to sketch: somewhere that was (a) in the sun (b) out of the wind and (c) with something interesting to draw. Here's what I found.
Posted by Hashi at 11:32 AM
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The tiki outside my local Trader Joe's. While I was standing there sketching, a couple of old friends walked by. One was Yvette's mother, whom I saw just yesterday when she came, as she usually does, for Christmas dinner. To see her twice in two days was pretty amazing, because I usually only see her at Christmas, and she doesn't live anywhere near me or Trader Joe's.
Posted by Hashi at 4:34 PM
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Growing up in Australia, we always had Christmas crackers on our plate when we sat down to Christmas dinner -- cardboard tubes covered with crepe paper that you pulled (with the help of the person sitting next to you) until they broke open with a "crack" noise. Inside was a tissue paper hat which was then worn throughout the meal to add a silly air to the festivities.
Well, when I saw this idea, I had to make my own crackers, complete with an assortment of materials so that we, and our six guests, can each make our own hat tomorrow.
I'll post photos of the results. Only one more sleep!
Posted by Hashi at 4:26 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Tonight we were child-free and Josh wasn't working and we weren't exhausted, so we decided to go out after dinner and see a movie for the first time in, oh, forever. We left a little early so I could scope out Restoration Hardware for a possible birthday gift for Dad. (Yes, sister, I know that his birthday is nearly a month away -- don't roll your eyes.) They didn't have anything perfect, so we checked a few other stores with similarly dismal results before heading into the theater. We had tickets for Casino Royale, which is not a new release, so we thought it would be safe to get there right at the scheduled start time. WRONG! The only remaining seats were in the front row, so we asked for a refund and instead went to a mediocre chain restaurant for dessert. The waitress was so fast in bringing our order that I only had time to sketch two of our fellow patrons.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I found this leaf in my backyard today, and wanted to honour it somehow. This collage developed, with the backdrop being a page from Josh's father's little black book, from back in the day when phone numbers had letters in them. After I was finished I noticed that Columbia Studios, mentioned just the other day, features prominently.
Posted by Hashi at 5:24 PM
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Lauren and I went to The Getty Center this afternoon -- the light up there was glorious today! We enjoyed a storytelling session, learning about a marquetry cabinet built for King Louis XIV. Then of course we had to visit Lauren's favourite painting, Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven by Jean-Étienne Liotard. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
Posted by Hashi at 6:03 PM
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I took Lauren to the studio tonight to visit Daddy at work. On the long drive home through peak hour traffic I pondered my strong negative emotional reaction to being around tv- and movie-making. I'm OK with visiting Josh's prop truck and exchanging banter with the crew, but once I set foot inside a stage I want to shrink into the shadows. I think it's all the "glamour" and "adulation" that accompanies actors and actresses. I am so NOT a groupie, and perhaps I fear that my very presence implies that I'm impressed by them. But it's more than indifference; I feel an actual aversion. Why is that?
Perhaps it's because I am not interested in the end product. Perhaps it's the fakery of the whole business. I see Lauren looking so star-struck and I know that I hurt Josh's feelings a little bit by having the opposite reaction. I try to hide it, but he knows I don't want to be there. Tonight he walked us around Sunset Gower Studios, which used to be Columbia back in the day when his dad was head writer there (late '30s, early '40s). I know it's really special to Josh to walk the same floors as his father, and to see the names of his dad's movies engraved on plaques at the stage doors. Yet I can't even enter into appreciation for the historicity. Why is that?
I know I would I feel differently if I was looking at the room and desk where CS Lewis wrote the Narnia books, for example. There'd be a little "wow" feeling. I know I lack appreciation for the craft of movie-making. Perhaps if I took more of an interest in that side of the business, my aversion would diminish. As it stands now, I'm the only girl Josh ever dated who was underwhelmed by a private tour of the sets and back lots of the various studios around town. At least he knows it's not his job that I love him for ;-)
All of this has nothing to do with the photo above, which is something I made today from finds in the $1 Stocking Stuffers bin at my local craft store. Fun.
Posted by Hashi at 6:43 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Made myself a new journal tonight, as the current one is nearly full. I used assorted papers from under the bed (where does everyone else keep their large sheets?), and made a collaged and painted cover from a large kraft envelope. I'm not sure how I'll like the random size/texture/colour paper, but I'll let you know!
Posted by Hashi at 9:52 PM
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Lauren came with Yvette and I on Walk 4 this morning, along the canals of Venice Beach. Unfortunately, the camera battery died after only a dozen or so photos, so I missed capturing the range of funky dwellings in this unique part of the city. You can see the photos I did manage to take here.
Posted by Hashi at 3:20 PM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
It felt strange and sad and wrong to wrap and mail all my Australian family's gifts and not include one for Mum. So I decided to go ahead and make her a gift anyway. She adored butterflies, so I had to include that image. The daffodils she loved were blooming when she died, so they have also become a symbol of her in my mind. And the bit of lace in between is from her wedding dress. The wording at the bottom says "Smiles are not rationed" ... Mum was known for her big smile and sunny nature. After her death her many friends repeated that refrain over and over, that Mum was always cheerful and smiling.
I cried a lot while making this. That was my gift to myself -- the time and freedom to weep and remember.
Posted by Hashi at 7:45 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I've had a productive and creative day today; I was up at five and working by seven, and I only just stopped at ten thirty p.m. But it was all stuff for clients, so I can't show you yet. So I will leave you this, one of my rejected Christmas card designs. I like it, but it'd never make it through them mail.
I also want to share a poem by Maya Stein that really spoke to me this morning, here.
Posted by Hashi at 7:09 AM
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Walk 3 from Walking L.A. explores the office parks and fringe light industrial areas of south east Santa Monica in and around Bergamot Station. (My favourite haunts there are the Gallery of Functional Art and Hiromi Paper.) I love the colours in this shot, and the way the painted wall echoes the hue of the Boston Ivy berries. You can see all the photos here. I went a little hog wild photographing numbers -- there were so many cool ones! While the book touts the many nice eateries on the route, none of them were open on a Saturday morning. We ended up driving downtown after our walk for pizza at CPK. Could I possibly put more links in one post??
Posted by Hashi at 3:29 PM
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
My goal is always to have my Christmas cards (50) made by Thanksgiving. So today I got busy while the turkey cooked and the rest of the family watched football. I haven't figured out what to use for the star yet -- I'll make a trip to the craft store tomorrow to see what they have in quantity.
Posted by Hashi at 5:52 PM
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Last year our family came up with the great idea of visiting restaurants of different ethnicities as a way to expand our palates. We selected well-rated establishments within 20 miles of home, put the names in a hat, and started randomly drawing them. To give the youngest, fussiest member of the family more incentive to try new foods, we posed as restaurant reviewers and put up a blog to inform the world of our opinions.
Great idea, but somehow between me starting Weight Watchers and not wanting to eat out, and Ian spending weekends with his friends, the plan fizzled. However, last night, with a little fanfare, the Meltzer Gang sallied forth once again to sample the fares of a local ethnic restaurant. Our random selection was French, but a quick phone call revealed that they were booked out till 9 pm. So the next draw was Mexican, and off we went to visit Señor Fred. You can read the review here.
While waiting a LONG time for our waiter, we put our reviewers' pads and pens to good use. Here's a sampling of the mutual portraits Lauren and I produced.
Posted by Hashi at 12:27 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Walk 2 from Walking L.A. explores the "rarefied air north of Montana Ave" in Santa Monica. Yvette and I saw beautiful houses and ocean views, and the sweaty butts of many people slogging up and down the extremely steep staircases that link Adelaide Ave and Entrada Drive. After brunch at a nice Montana Ave restaurant, we got our fill of tactile pleasure at L'Atelier. Once again, a lovely morning; you can see all the photos here.
Posted by Hashi at 2:35 PM