Archive for April, 2010

A Shower with Sprinkles

How awesomely ridiculous is this?!  I love food themed accessories and this shower cap from Urban Outfitters is pretty sweet.  And full disclosure I do wear a shower cap from time to time.  They also have a raspberry cap available and a panda.  Genius.

Artist and Meal of the Week: California Edition

ahh California……land of great food and some good art too.  First things first, Joe and I had an amazing brunch yesterday at Brix in Napa.  We were on our way back from a beautiful weekend celebrating Greg and Ursula’s wedding in Calistoga.  Yes, we could have gone to the wedding brunch at 9:30am but after dancing to Mustang Sally until the wee hours we were finally ready to brunch at 1:30.  I think Greg and Ursula were halfway to Hawaii by then.  It was pouring rain and I was way too tired to take pictures anyway, so I have included this photo from the Brix website of what it will look like on a sunny Spring day next time I visit.

Brix serves a brunch buffet on Sunday that is out of this world.  So good that we proclaimed it to be the best brunch ever.  Often a buffet goes for quantity over quality but this brunch is all about having a small (or large) taste of a large variety of local freshness.  It should be said that the restaurant has both a vegetable garden and orchard and is passionate about farm to table cooking.  The salads were some of my favorites, especially the sesame carrot and the creamy beets but even the mesclun mix was dreamy.  They also served a great cheese selection from West Coast cheese makers such as Cowgirl Creamery, which I slathered of their homemade extra crusty bread with just a touch of fig jam.  I also enjoyed the mini chocolate cupcakes.  several times.

Artwise I have been thinking about Ed Ruscha lately.  You may recognize his printmaking which I have been attracted to forever.  I adore his deadpan style, and he really was one of the first artists working this way.  I have also been thinking about his influence on the New Topographic artists and I am looking forward to the SFMoma show this Summer.  I have been working, er thinking about this new project of taking pictures of fast food restaurants along the highway.  I think it is subconsconsiously influenced by Ruscha and of course by the fact that I recently bought a car.  But I am grappling with how to make my photos appear as though they are more than a fast food restaurant but some kind of urban oasis that grows from the ground in all its creepy manufacturedness.  Until then I can lust after Ruscha’s Standard Station image and his aerial images of parking lots.  And did you know that he did an installation work called the Chocolate Room?  A visual and olfactive (looked that one up online!) experience that was so nice, they did it twice.  Originally at the 1970 Venice Biennale and a few years ago at the MOCA in LA, it was a room installation of many many sheets of paper silk screened with chocolate.

Bloomspotted

I photographed for this cool website, Bloomspot. Cool because their target market seems to be mostly women around my age. Each day they email you a coupon deal for a local business. Mostly spas, salons, restaurants, and active activities. My first assignment was Mara’s Salon in Hayes Valley, which was great because this is my new neighborhood. A pretty straight forward assignment but I am proud of the outcome because I had a serious mixed (bad) lighting situation on my hands.  I made perfume out of weeds, or whatever the saying is…..Here is a link.

In other news, I want to be more consistent with my blog contributions.  I know all of my readers are clamoring for my wisdom.  Hi Mom!  But I think I will start adding an artist of the week and a meal of the week.  Combining my two favorite things, food and art.  Mostly as a way for me to think concretely about other artists and relive any delicious experiences, although I think I will spare the blogosphere from photographs of everything I eat.  Stay tuned…..