Artist's Date: the NY MOMA

When I was in New York in March I went to visit the Museum of Modern of Art (MOMA) to discover that after 4 PM admission was free on fridays if you just lined up with a few other hundred + people down the street and around the corner, wait your turn, and get a free ticket. Pretty cool. Actually looking back now I wish I'd taken a photo because the line up went all the way down the street and then around the corner and then some. And quite honeslty just waiting in line was a wonderful experience in itself!

So for my friday Artist's Date, I climbed the beautiful stairs of the MOMA and started at the top floor and worked my way down. 

I felt a deep emotional connection seeing an original Frieda Khalo painting in person, up close and personal. The movie about her and Diego I saw with Salma Heyak really touched me and fostered a love with their story and her art. 

It was super cool to see Paul Klee's original work as I remember a collage instructor mentionning at the time (when I was living in Santa Barbara, CA) that my work resembled his and that I should go check him out!

I loved seeing the huge Jackson Pollock Painting up close and noticing that
he may have poured some kind of glossy resin on the piece as well as just paint because there were noticeable clear shiny drips that you might not see in a photograph or reproduction.  

I loved seeing Pablo Picasso's work up close and original. And of course, A Mark Rothco. If they would have let me I would have sat on a bench, drank tea and sat by that painting all day!

I took a lot of photos but wasn't allowed to use a flash so a lot of the photos - even with some digital adjustment - did not turn out that well. And I have converted some into black and white to fix the ultra yellow problem too.

Going down the floors I came upon 5 modern painters and was inspired to find some new names of work I thought were super cool. I will share those with you next week here on my blog!

Road trip stop #2: Half Moon Bay, California

Our second stop was to visit our friends Tom and Rachel the co-authors of Alfonso the Christmas Pumpkin, a sweet children's book and wonderful gift for any little ones in your life. They were expecting a baby any minute when we were if you see their picture and she looks pregnant - she is!!!

Tom and Rachel live in quaint little Half Moon Bay, California - right outside the San Francisco Bay area. This time of year was the Famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, so there was pumpkin paraphernalia and decorations everywhere. Here are a few photos from our explorations around town and along the coast...

Tom and Rachel minutes away from baby delivery...a nice pre-child dinner out.

Greg & Deb done up and out for dinner in Half Moon Bay.

Gorgeous architecture...

pumpkins everywhere..

Believe it or not I think someone lives in this reconstructed boat!

A retreat center we came across on the beach...very interesting