Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Painting with Light II

A little digging around has revealed that the first known light paintings were made in 1914! Incredible!

Frank and Lillian Moller Gilbreth used small lights and long exposure photos to capture the motion of workers, of all things. Subjects ranged from handkerchief folders to bricklayers. The photos weren’t created as art by these two industrial engineering efficiency experts, instead they sought to help develop ways to increase employee output and simplify job tasks.


They are beautiful in their own way, aren't they?

Painting with Light.

I've been falling in love with light centered works and installations lately. Perhaps it is something about the chilly cold and darkness that is creeping in with the winter season, and the warm glow that these pieces surround you in. Or perhaps it has more to do with the unconfined nature of light, and freedom to reach out and touch you as it is expressed - at a time when I feel contrained and yet boundless possibility. I'm not quite sure...

Today, I stumbled upon Picasso portrayed and practicing as a light painter, and fell totally in love.


LIFE writes,
"Renowned LIFE photographer Gjon Mili, a technical genius and lighting innovator, visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949. Mili showed the artist some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates, jumping in the dark — and Picasso’s lively mind began to race. This series of photographs, since known as Picasso’s “light drawings,” were made with a small flashlight or “light pencil” in a dark room; the images vanished almost as soon as they were created."
Check out LIFE's gallery of the light painting photos: Picasso: Drawing With Light

Found via PetaPixel

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Les Voyageurs.

While I'm sure the 365 foray was thrilling, and nostalgically reminiscent of 365ThroughMyEyes, I am very excited to be back online and share all the witty designs that I've been stashing away over the last two months!! 

What better way to get back into the swing of things, than to highlight the breathtakingly gorgeous work of Paris-born artist, Cedric le Borgne?! 


Swoon.

Cedric Le Borgne creates these illuminated human figures (Les Voyageurs) using delicately sculpted chicken wire. The figures are often installed in highly visible public places, suspended in the air in parks or in busy urban centers. In his own words:
"C├ędric Le Borgne invites everyone to view daily life in a fresh way, to rise up, to dream. By abolishing barriers, his work of exploring spaces is sensitive, his poetry subtly interacts with each place it comments upon. Le Borgne’s work is currently on display along the South Bailey in Durham, England as part of Durham Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival."
Dreamy inspiration indeed.

Home.

Did I mention how amazing Thanksgiving was?! Well it was, and I've been thinking about it a lot. I may have been an utter sloth (I'll admit it, I'm not above it. I think it's well deserved after this month, thank you!) but some quiet time at home with my parents and my love was just what I needed. I am incredible thankful for the health of my family this year.

The highlight (beside the spontaneous dance party in a dive bar downtown) was most definitely the culinary adventures my mom and I undertook over the break... We had a pretty marvelous time in the kitchen together! I think I could cook all day, every day. I love it, and I owe that wholeheartedly to my mom.


... Chicken pot pie is undoubtedly the most highly demanded home cookin in the Wilson household; it would not be a trip home without it! It just so turns out that it is also pretty amazing with turkey (thank goodness, we had tons left over!). We riff on this recipe, do you have a favorite?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fall Foliage.

I spent a beautiful, cozy holiday at home this weekend. There is simply nothing like Sacramento in the fall, it takes my breath away every single time I step out the front door...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Love.

I have fallen in love with a coffee shop. Yes, I know, that sounds silly. But we all have right?

Acre is in Petaluma, and it became my cozy home for the last three weeks of my sabattical while I was studying. Outfitted with old schoolhouse chairs, library-esque work stations and a long community table, neighbors make their way to the new spot for a fresh, french pressed coffee throughout the day. Friends come to chat, young people come to knit from the window seat, students pour over their books, entrepreneurs type away on their laptops and dogs wait patiently outside. The owner peddles eggs from his farm and goods from the bakery down the street. You can stay as long as you like, it's just that kind of place.

These photographs document probably my favorite scene ever: A father and daughter during story time. Utilizing the old typewriter always outfitted with crisp paper for patrons, this doting father took dictation from his young daughter who detailed an imaginative story to him while enjoying her afternoon milk and cookies. When she was done, she read it back to him, and then wrote another tale from his lap. Watching this adventure unfold had to be the best hour of my week.

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Celebration Time!

I am officially done with the GRE, WoooHOOOO!! Commence celebration!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wanderlust.

Last 24 hours... Here we go!

I planted myself by the travel section today... May not have been the least distracting place to study.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Night and Day.

1, 4, 24.

Hiding out at the HydeOut, throwing down some dice with friends (and desperately trying to ward off mathematic probability questions).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dia de los Muertos.

Beautiful Dia de Los Muertos alters in Petaluma.