Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Monday, September 23, 2013

de Young and de Old

Om - Skyspace

Sunday a friend and I went to the Diebenkorn exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Richard Diebenkorn's painting style is not really my taste but I do appreciate his style. Most of his work was done in Berkeley in the 50's & 60's.

It has a lot of great energy, color and form.  Mostly I enjoy the idea that he painted exactly how he wanted to paint without caring what others thought.   


Two of my favorite pieces were "Sleeping Woman" and "Untitled (Still Life with Iris)".

It must of appealed to some people though because Berkeley #5 was auctioned off by Christie's for over $6 million dollars!

Berkeley #5

After enjoying the show, we had lunch at the Museum Cafe and my friend, Melinda told me about this outdoor "bunker" that was really interesting and meditative.  Sounded claustrophobic to me but decided to give it a try.

We walked to the back of the garden, along a bamboo path and around the outside of a dome with high walls on both sides.  When you reached the back of the dome there was a open door and an open circular sky space with benches around the sides.  It sounds kinda weird but it was very Zen like.  So we sat with several other people on the benches and watched the sky float by.

It made me feel like a kid laying in the grass, having nothing to do but watch the clouds float by.  Remember when we had time to do such things?

Centered in the floor was this beautiful rough-hewn stone.


When I returned home, I Googled the space and found out that it was created by a California artist
James Turrell and is called a "Skyspace".

Just a few minutes of feeling like a kid has such a "lightening" affect on me.

Why don't we do kid-like things more often?

 "Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract... a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts."-- Richard Diebenkorn

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