Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A morning visit with Kelly

Great morning catching up with fellow SSR '92 & '93 Alumni, Kelly!we haven't seen each other in over 21 years. Kelly and her family are in town, visiting from Australia! :)

Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent  autocorrect typos. :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Color Match

Oddly, my husband matches the decor of the new United Terminal at SFO. I feel like we're living in a Wes Anderson film. ;)

Progress on the Twin Peaks Tavern painting

I squeezed in another painting session with Dean today before I head back to Seattle. Our flight leaves this afternoon!

I think we made some progress on my latest painting of Twin Peaks Tavern.
Most significant, Dean imported my original photo into iPhoto and bumped up the contrast so that some of the colors that weren't able to be seen in the original would come out more. This was especially helpful in the bottom left corner, which pretty much shows as just dark/black in the original.

The original photo

photo with high contrast

You can see now that there are other colors in there - mostly reds and purples that cast some shadows from the seated figures. I think the new information added a lot more dimension and interest in that part of the painting.

Today's progress - Session 3

I also did a lot of work on the "big picture" - fine tuned the bar figures a bit, added some more rough detail to the bar and especially the shelves behind the bar and mirror. I also worked a bit on all of the different Tiffany lamps hung throughout the bar.

I'm liking how this one is progressing so far. There are a lot more sweeping paint strokes than I usually have, and that's something that I was specifically trying to work on in my style. I like how this painting is looser in style than most of my others.

I'll be back in a few more weeks to work on it some more. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

La Taqueria: Now even more popular

Hands down, our favorite Taqueria in San Francisco is La Taqueria on Mission near 25th Street. We've been going for well over 15 years. It's always been a very popular place, with lines 20-30 people deep at any given time. Usually, we call in our order for take-out. We'll call about 15 minutes before we plan to get there, drive over, and avoid the line.

Last night, we tried to call in an order on our way home from the airport. Again, we were about 15 minutes away. For the first time ever, I was told that they were very busy, and that it would be at least 25 minutes before our order would be ready. Since we were in a cab, and were just going to do a quick drive-by, we had to cancel our order, rather than wait the extra 10 minutes or so. We figured we'd just go back for lunch today.

Reeves and Paula are visiting from Bellevue this weekend, and we thought it would be a great place to bring them. We arrived by Noon, which yes, is lunch time, but on the early side. Imagine our astonishment when we arrived and saw a line out the door! Usually the line spans the length of the interior wall. Today's line was at least 3 times as long, maybe four. It wrapped around all the interior walls, out the door, down the sidewalk, and around the corner!

I asked one of the employees when this change in the crowd happened. It's been a couple of months since we'd last been, and nothing had changed at that point. She told me that they were recently written up as "Best Burritos" in a magazine recently, and the crowds have been huge ever since. I later found out that it was an article in the Huffington Post. Here's the article.

So, we got in line. What else were we going to do? We had no pressing afternoon plans, we were hungry, and darn it, we wanted our burritos! The line took about 45 minutes for us to get through, and as always, it was well worth it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Serendipity in San Francisco, too!

My week of serendipity has continued in San Francisco!! Plane landed, Uber ride home, walk two blocks to our favorite Chinese Restaurant in the Castro, and see Thom Vindiola sitting in the window!! We sat next to each other and had a grand time catching up. What a great start to our long weekend home in San Francisco. :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Morning Serendipity

I love running into friends in our new city!! What a nice surprise to bump into Paula at Starbucks. Totally random!
A) drove Dick to work this morning, so I have the car
B) stopped at Safeway on my way home since I have a car and can get heavier items
C) went to Starbucks next to Safeway. I never go to Starbucks because I don't drink coffee. It's chilly this morning, so felt like treating myself to a hot chocolate. I have never been to this Starbucks
D) apparently, Paula comes here often on her way to work, but is usually here 3 hours earlier

A little serendipity is sure a nice way to start the day.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Mail from Burning Man

Came home to find mail from Burning Man. My Plum Jam and I feel special. :)
Thanks, Bear!! xo


At least one of them was happy to see me. :)