Saturday, November 22, 2014

They're Missing: Inaction (UPS)

UPS picked them up last Friday.

The only computer record that they are prepared to share with me

shows that my Tracking Number was scanned in the early a.m. of 11/20/14 by someone/something in the Hollywood depot.  The record doesn't show my name and address.  Or that of the person I was sending them too.  I spent three hours at the depot on that day trying to get the paintings back.  Once, IF, they ever leave L.A. who knows what will happen to them and if anyone will care?

UPS are telling me they "can't find" my paintings.  I have the clear impression from them that they don't believe that it is cost effective to make an effort to do so.  If I am lucky they will honor my claim for losses.  I'm not optimistic.

What would you do?   And what would you tell the people who were supposed to buy them?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

..Dans le Vif


at home.

and in the hood.  Our sweet season has arrived.  We need rain.  But it's sweeter without.  Everything is breathing easier after our torrid summer and fall.

Me too.  Paintings have been sent out to their new owners.  I hope they like them.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

London - Flaneries et Leche-Vitrines

Are you coming along with me?  Let's have a wander......

The Lamb, Lamb's Conduit Street "The New Bloomsbury"

History thanks to Bloomsbury

What doesn't change in Bloomsbury or Blighty, at all!

A cheeky blend of the erotic and the ersatz.

Urban apples.  So poetic.  And eternal.  Shakespeare must have known some.

Astier de Villatte at Liberty.  Also poetic and eternal, both, methinks.

Purrrfect.  Marks and Spencer.  Also eternal?  (And ersatz!)

To be tired of London is to be tired of life.  I'm not SO tired yet!  How was your weekend?
(These pics are from my September visit.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Just Some Things

That I have loved this week.

(Annika Van Holdt via SFGirlbyBay)

Don't try this at home? I did something similar once and on a lovely spring day a giant gust of wind came through my open windows and knocked EVERYTHING onto the floor.  Shattering one or two valuables.  Has this ever happened to you?

(John Singer Sargent)

  What's not to like?  How gorgeous is that dress and the light on it?

(from Robert Frank's "The Americans" - H, for Hollywood!)

And Hello!  Have Good Weekend WHy Don't You?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remember Janis?



what lovely things

she's been doing

over on Instagram!

She looks like she's having fun too! (Love it.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Grey is O.K. If It's Paris or Picasso

At the end of three weeks of running just as fast as I can

the last two of which have been a little bumpy "en plus".......

(Picasso and dog)

What better respite, solace, and consolation?

(Edith Piaf)

Than the greats and greys of Paris.

(Colette looking out her window at the Palais Royale?)

If you ask Mr. Paradis, outside of home improvement tasks

(Gargoyle, Notre Dame)

I've mostly been as good company as this character here.

Apparently I just need to sit a spell with my good buddies and let a nice glass of wine chase my worries away..........

 LOOKS GOOD TO ME!  (How's your weekend been?)

(Second pic above via The Guardian - one of the many Picasso pictures one of his grandsons, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, has recently turned over to John Richardson, Picasso's friend and biographer.  All others, via Chamade, Vintage French Photos.)

Thanks to Elizabeth for reminding me I needed some captions.  I woke up Sunday a.m. thinking the same thing!  For more details go to Chamade above.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I've Been Far Far Away....But I'll Be Back Soon!

It feels like I've dropped right out of the blog world.

I have to say it's been an intense couple of weeks.

I hope to get back to "normal programming" very soon.

Meanwhile, for you, a couple more highlights from the amazing "Aiguille du Midi"
(I actually kind of forgot about these pics.)

and the very Wes Anderson-like Chamonix.

And your week so far, kiddos?  Thanks for all the nice and funny comments about the shed!