I Dolci

Fichi Canditi (Candied Figs) an ancient recipe, Grosseto Caffé in Forchetta (Coffee on a Fork) Lucca Cookbooks by Lorenza de’Medici: TUSCANY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 1 and 2, photographer Peter Johnson) ITALY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 3, photographer Mike Hallson) ALSO BY Lorenza de’Medici: MEDITERRANEAN The Beautiful Cookbook ITALY TODAY The Beautiful Cookbook The Heritage of […]

Is this what we might call…

 . …the skull-inary arts? (!) Artist’s Statement:  {Currently, I use ceramics as my material in my method of expression, incorporating various decorative styles, patterns, and symbolic forms as my principal axis in creating my works.  The decorative styles and forms I allude to and incorporate in my works each contain a story based on historical […]

Kiss Me Again

I got my wish.  Just when I was missing my beloved Italy, I had the opportunity to travel there last night…Well, amend that to –I was taken there courtesy of the silver screen.  “Cinema Italian Style 2010” produced by Cinecittà Luce and The American Cinematheque* is currently running at the Egyptian (Hollywood) and Aero (Santa Monica) Theatres.  Fortunately for me, Alex […]

Design Daily – Chandelier by Deborah Thomas

 Deborah Thomas, A triangular chandelier, c 1983, Frame is built up of glass segments arranged around eight Halogen bulbs 137cm wide x 69cm high (54″ wide x 27″ high) Estimate: £1,500 – 2,000 Deborah Thomas has designed for various theatre and dance companies including Hesitate and Demonstrate. She has exhibited widely including a commission for […]

Wade Hoefer

Another favorite of mine.  This one is titled “Finestra” -(Italian for “window”)  and is actually arch shaped.  (I cropped it a bit in order to fit within my blog’s format.) Available via: Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco To view other pieces or to find a gallery in your area: Wade Hoefer linen & lavender see our […]

Art Feature – Wade Hoefer

Alturus “For Hoefer each work is a mandala, a meditative device that allows the viewer to enter, through the work, into a deeper world. His choice of subject matter stems from our common understanding of the landscape: it becomes a visual vocabulary, a lexicon that can be endlessly repeated. For like the Sung painters of […]

A Night at the Museum: Luis Meléndez and Audrey Hepburn

I promised to report back after visiting LACMA to see the current exhibition entitled: “Luis Meléndez:  Master of the Spanish Still Life.”   —It’s wonderful!   Especially of interest to me were the works from the private collections that have never been seen by the public.    The realism he achieved is amazing to me and I love that he […]

Luis Meléndez at LACMA

Master of the Spanish Still Life PRESS RELEASE Los Angeles—The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life, the first U.S. exhibition in twenty-five years of eighteenth-century Spanish painter Luis Meléndez (1715-1780). Meléndez is now recognized not only as one of the greatest Spanish painters of the […]

Luis Meléndez

Luis Meléndez Short biography of Meléndez: Luis Meléndez was born in Naples, Italy. His family moved to Madrid, Spain immediately after his birth. When he grew up, he would work mostly close by, in the town of Aranjuez. His influences were Velazquez, mixed with Flemish, inspired by models of the XVII century.  His works at […]