bowl detail

What was up at the Esker?

The draft for this post was just “discovered” in my drafts folder. Not sure why I didn’t post it in 2014 when this exhibit took place. My apologies. The fiber group that I belong to, Contextural, held a meeting at the Esker Foundation. We were treated to a specially arranged curator’s tour. It was a lovely evening where we saw the work of 3 artists. Here are some of my favorite things from the exhibit, which we were allowed to photograph. These are works by Peter von Tiesenhausen.

lion wooden bell bell surface wire bowl bowl detail great shadowsmovable disk

Lastly I must include another photo of the stairwell of the building – simply because I appreciate it’s beauty every time I see it.stairs

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more of Vienna

I was in such a hurry to share my first impressions of Vienna with you that I missed my very first impression at the airport. I love new spaces and an airport usually provides a taste of where you are. I’ve included a photo from just inside our gate when we landed, a photo of a coffee shop (closed since we arrived late at night) and the baggage claim area, featuring huge advertising for Klimt’s Kiss at the Belvedere. Enjoy it – cameras weren’t allowed in the room housing the real painting.

airport departure gates airport coffee shop Kiss signage at airportHere are photos from part of the first day spent wandering close to the hotel. I’m stretching this out to limit the number of photos per post. I want to share all that I can from this beautiful city.

early morning view balcony view in Vienna street view - Graben sculpture on Graben sculpture detail newstand small sculpture on building small shop front detail of small shop front washroom entrance signage street paving stone design beautiful building - Vienna restaurant sidewalk seating building in Vienna flower shopThere was so much to see. I am having a great time sorting through photos and enjoying all the little details that appear when you scrutinize them on a big screen. Enough for now. Must get back to work.

chihuly garden and glass part 2

Earlier I posted on the glass exhibit inside the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Here are my photos of this wonderful garden in the heart of Seattle – during the day and then again at night. This is an incredible place to visit and I can’t wait to go again!

big yellow ball

purple glass

beautiful blue glass

yellow glass on dark grass

who is in my garden?

Good news! Finally the weather is warm enough to get to work in the garden. I should be out there cleaning the beds, washing the deck, rearranging the pots that have been stacked for the winter and planning all that needs to be done. I need to buy plants for my myriad of fabulous flower pots, and of course then they need to do be planted! Now for the bad news – I can’t get excited about it. I don’t have my usual enthusiasm to get out there and dig in the dirt, and I think I’ve figured out why. I don’t want to stress my hands doing this intense physical labor. My hands are recovering from their respective surgeries. I’m doing physio exercises for mobility and strength, my chiropractor is working with me and I’m doing yoga. All of these things are helping my hands to regain their function, but they are not there yet. They need more work and more time. I’m totally optimistic , but it is hard to be patient. Really hard. At this time I want to save my hands for creative endeavors in the house!

I decided to wander around the yard and see what was growing, and was delighted to find these familiar faces. Sculptures are scattered around my garden where they give a reason to smile when you chance upon them.

yard guard

three wooden figures

frog

elephant statue