Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Slushy Snowfall in Saint Paul

We've had almost no snow this winter and I've been promising myself that - if we got a pretty snowfall - I would take some time off work to photograph it. Today was the day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Drop Everything and Go to the Museum of Russian Art TODAY

I don't know why I have to wait until a show is ready to close, but I do.

I did it again. We finally got to the Antiquities from Ukraine show on Saturday and it was marvelous and now it closes today! While the whole show is fascinating, the golden treasures on display are among the best I've ever seen. The art and workmanship on display is simply amazing.

It's hard to tell in this photo, but that small necklace in the lower left-hand corner (labeled 25) is comprised of a string of perfect minute gold blossoms. It is exquisite.

So really, you need to go today. Just forget about whatever it was you had planned to do.

If you do miss the Antiquities show, not all is lost. There is also a Oleg Vassiliev show on that is quite wonderful. The lower level exhibit of the House with the Mezzanine is pretty intense, but accessible and gorgeous. (And on display into April) The paintings on the upper level of stunning - especially when viewed at an angle where the images seem to really come to life. (But only on display TODAY.) It's impressive work by a Russian master who now calls the Twin Cities home.

Oh, and don't miss the transit-theme Vassiliev exhibit in the hall leading to the gift shop.

These were not deemed as acceptable by the establishment, but I found them to be witty and intelligent.

I'm just sorry I didn't see them sooner so I could drag each and everyone of you over to see them too!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gypsies and Dragons on the Streets in the North Loop

We were over in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood (the neighborhood behind the Twins stadium) for an art exhibit where Maury Landsman (one of my classmates in Italy) is showing his work.

Afterwards we found this car parked out front.

It's the Dragon Car - part of Minneapolis' art car scene.

While the Dragon Car's owner paid for parking (inexpensive, but enforced until 10 p.m.), her Gypsy friend worked on her accent while trying to convince me I needed a potion that would make me successful and wealthy in business.

The potion was actually rather enticing, as wealth in business would be nice even if I'm not sure what business I'm in, but I wasn't completely convinced so I asked for a business card. Tonight it was the 10 of clubs, so I'm not quite sure how to find her again. . . However, I have reason to believe that Patti Paulson, creator of the Lipstick Car, would know.

Just another night in this great city.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Photo Thursday: Kirstenbosch in Black and White

I'm not much of a black and white photographer - I'm too enamored of color. But recently my spouse brought home a few things highlighting black and white photography and it got me thinking about what makes a good black and white photo. That, in turn, made me want to see if I could learn what makes a good black and white photo by taking another look at my own photos.

These photos were originally shot in color at Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these are also posted on the web in color (along with many other photos that weren't as effective in black and white) in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden post.

For more "Photo Thursday" images, visit Nancie's Budget Travelers Sandbox.