Saturday, January 31, 2009
Chihuly video playing and all things glass were the order of their day. Alas, no photos allowed. Some seriously delightful color. Well worth the 16 block detour. Then I safely navigated back to my metro train..... which was a lovely amalgamation of humanity -- at the end of the workday. I nearly hugged the concierge upon my return. I was so grateful for his suggestions and directions. Here's to more adventures ahead.
Here are my four favorite nominations for the use of color...... from Derain's luscious & happy hues, literally vibrating with movement (my top choice in the color department) to the art installation that played with light -- in the tunnel below the street, that connected the two massive buildings to each other (the final photograph in this section.) I could go back tomorrow and start all over again! Oh and they had lemon tea-cake for a special Friday afternoon welcome reception. Impressionists galore, African artifacts AND tea-cake!! What a day. And to think that I was 'paid' to come to Houston to share my 'song' and was able to graft in this serendipitous visit in the process.
I am indeed a fortunate person! It almost makes up for being away from my loved ones.
I'm sure there were pictures of men, but apparently I was in the mood to visit with my female companions. What a delightful variety of styles and approaches. What an enormous collection.... of all the biggest names. A treasure trove by all standards. It's like breathing life into my soul. I'm just so grateful that we were allowed to photograph the images above. There were entire sections that were no photo zones. I would have loved to capture some of the African artifacts and artworks. Mesmerizing in their simplicity. Absolutely contemporary in their spare approach to the human form. Ancient & modern at the same time. Ya just gotta love a day at the art museum!!
It dawned on me yesterday that I'd arrived in time for another adventure!! I got myself all checked into my luxurious Hyatt and then promptly got directions to the Art Museum. In honor of my dear friends Pat & Celia, who are such advocates for the arts, I got brave & I set off. What fun. Armed with a map and some directions from the concierge I was hopscotching across the country's fourth largest city in no time at all. It was a beautiful day for a romp.
After stopping a few folks, once I'd taken the new jiffy metro-train to the museum district..... I was able to find my way to the BIG art museum..... there were several choices, and so little time. Pictured above are several of the "masters" can you identify who painted which woman?? Fascinating. Transfixing. Invigorating. Thrilling. All just a click of the heels away.
Note to self: make a point of visiting more museums, when traveling. It always recharges my battery -- no matter how tired I am.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Pictured above are a couple of my all-time favorite road-buddies. That's Suzi Boyette on the left. Yes, it was the two of us that had the fall NY roadshow together. Now she's conjuring up a three day residency for me in central Indiana, to visit her schools this spring. How cool is that? We think that we've got a possible spot in my calendar that will work. Now to get a few more details figured out!!
Pictured on the right is my very own travel-mercy-angel: Deborah Tapp from KY. She and I were last together in the hills of Virginia for SDE. One great big hug later, it's like we hadn't skipped a beat...... and we were all getting caught up over dinner at the RoadHouse, boot-scootin' steak hoppin' oasis. What a wonder to have my flight arrive on time, to the minute!! This picture was taken at the end of the two-day event. I 'only' participated by presenting 6.5 hours of workshop/keynote..... these other two brilliant wonders presented both days: 12 hours each!! Whew. Tires me out just thinkin' about it!