Picking colors can have too many confusing variables.
Years ago I taught a course on how to use color in design. I sat in on a lecture taught by an associate. He taught if you copied from nature, you couldn't go wrong. He showed slides after slide of plants and natural scenery. I felt smug and superior as my lectures were more "sophisticated". I talked about hue, color saturation, and the effects of natural and artificial light. Compared to my lecture, I thought his thesis limited and simplistic.
This month with asparagus in season, I prepared some for blanching. Most cookbooks advise you to break off the woody stems and just leave the tender top portions. I followed a Chinese restaurant technique by shaving the tough outer portions of the base and leaving the tender interior. The transition of colors from purple violet to varying shades of green to white is sublime. Sometimes it helps to reduce the variables and examine only a few. I admit, my thoughts about my associate's lecture have changed.
Standing Buddha Korea Silla Dynasty
Yesterday I accepted an invitation to enter the three year docent training program at the Asian Art Museum
intensifying a life-long interest in Asian Art.
I went for an interview on April 22nd. They interviewed candidates in groups of three using pre-set questions. Afterwards I went with one of the interviewers to the Korean Galleries to pick an object and give a "Mock" presentation. I gave a presentation on this Buddha trying to remember what I knew about the historic Buddha and Buddhism. Buddhists believe that life is just an illusion and the word illusion triggered a memory of the Jimmy Ruffin 1960's Motown hit with the lines -- Love's happiness is just an illusion, Filled with Sadness and Confusion -- I didn't mention that though. Training starts this fall.
I parked in the North Beach Garage recently at 735 Vallejo Street near Stockton. My favorite garage in the City. The garage is pretty new and clean - better than most. There's a slit of an opening to the sky where they planted some bamboo. A little relief in the concrete jungle.
Each stall has a slogan like a fortune cookie and you have the chance to pick one yourself. I just parked in the first one available and read this when I got out. At first I liked it alot, but then I thought about it - hmm may not so good. Like many things we want in life, they are always ahead of us so I guess there's something to look forward to.
Manhattan architect Robert Stern has designed many beautifully detailed houses and apartments. I know of one he has done in San Francisco's Pacific Heights recalling the Bay Area Shingle Style.
Architects usually don't dress flamboyantly but rather conservatively for business reasons.
The love of design and image, however, can't be fully supressed. In this advertisement featuring Robert Stern, I'm sure he thought alot about what he would wear. Well dressed reflecting his professional achievements - with just a flash of color.
Flash of color - similar to the lunch bag in the post below?