Friday, March 26, 2010

Crafts & Art

Something was bothering Barker this morning. He normally doesn't get up until long after we do, but today was an exception: he was up and about at 6:45, nuzzling me with his cold, wet nose. UGH! I finally gave in to him at about 7:15.....a beautiful skyline. Thank you, Barker!

It got better..........

and even better!

After our walk and another yummy breakfast (ham and gruyere cheese croissant) at the Bakeshop, I settled in to some reading and then a bit of linocutting. I sketched out a bird and vine scene, and then proceeded to carve. Amazingly enough, all of my digits remain intact! I think the upper portion needs some detail in the blank areas - don't you? I really can't wait to print it out on some fabric!

We had a late lunch at Antico Pizza Napoletana, a relatively new pizzeria on Northside, which is owned and operated by an Italian family. They have three very large wood-fired ovens in their huge kitchen, and they close 'when the dough runs out".

As you can see, it's a very thin crusted pizza. Boy was it yummy!
Two slices were plenty for me! I won't mention any names, but the person I was with had twice as many pieces as I!

This is the kitchen. You can reserve the kitchen table for $60, or if you are lucky (like these folks) you can just walk in mid afternoon and take it!
What a great place!

Our next stop was the Georgia Tech campus. Both our daughter and son-in-law graduated from Tech, and I have a particular design in mind, so I wanted a few pictures of the Tech Tower.

As I was photographing the tower, I couldn't help but hear a lot of crashing in the background: love this building demo!

Next was our 'art date' to the High Museum. The current exhibit is of antique cars. I wasn't too excited about it until I got inside and saw the first one: a 1935 Deusenberg once owned by Clark Gable. At left is a wonderful 1937 Mercedes. The stories that accompanied these incredible autos on the audio tour were well worth the price of admission.

I won't bore you with a ton more auto pics, but I just love this wheel and its cover.

And here is a Bugatti, which according to Jay Leno is like driving a piece of art. It is quite wonderful, don't you agree?

I also wanted to take a look at the South African Print Exhibit. Sadly there were only about a dozen pieces, but they were all fabulous: done in the 1990s and early 2000s: just after the abolition of apartheid. I truly lucked up to find this wonderful linocut by John Muafangejo entitled "Natal Where Art School Is".
I cannot imagine having the patience to carve such an intricate piece!

And one last picture of our faithful companion, and occasional alarm clock!



Jeannie said...

I don't know what to gush about first! LOL! The sunrise is gorgeous. I see some art inspiration there. The lino cut is great. IMHO it does need more texture above, but it is a great design. The pizza, man what I'd give to have a slice of that - yum. I love old cars. Remember when cars had individual character not like the watermelon seed shape of today. Play hard this weekend.

Jeannie said...

Oh, and Barker is as handsome as ever. Good dog!

Joyce said...

Now that looks like a wonderful day. Sunrise is my favorite time of day. And who would think cars could be so interesting.

Amanda said...

GO BARKER ! So what cha doing on April 4 and 5? I am taking a Class with Eve Agee (?) at Hall Co. on the 5th. The 4th is her lecture. I have never heard of her . The workshop is threadpainting.

connie said...

What a gorgeous morning. Just think if Barker had not gotten you up you would have missed it...

What a wonderful day. ENJOY

Elizabeth said...

Buddy assumes that same pose every once in awhile- but he is nowhere near a majestic as your alarm clock!!! What awonderul day you ahd and I love your bird carving!!! You are really creating some amazing cuts!!!! I ahve yet to get mine out again but I really want to!
Be sure to show us when you get to printing it out!!!