Mo Moma

I just discovered that one of my favorite museums, the SFMOMA, is set to double in size over the next few years. I have such fond memories of traveling up to the museum from Santa Barbara during the grad school years to see the Olafur Eliasson and Matthew Barney shows. I can still remember turning to see Cameron snoring beside me during hour two of Barney's drawing restraint film. The Mario Botta designed building is one of my favorite spaces to walk around in the city so hopefully the new addition will only enhance the space.

The Toilet in Church

I randomly decided to attend a lecture at the Provo library last night with my good pal Amb-lou. Jared Doxey, the head of architecture and engineering for the LDS church spoke on green building design in church architecture. I thought it was pretty fascinating to hear the exact reasoning behind the width of the wall studs and bathroom tiles which are used in church construction and how energy efficiency (along with financial feasibility) is considered in almost every aspect of the design. Plus it wouldn't be a good town hall open forum if we didn't get to hear plenty of random and off topic questions and exclamations from the audience (gotta love the guy who decided to interrupt a lecture to share a detailed description of the solar panels on his house.)

Digital Dose

Man in Window - New York City 1962

I just discovered Yale's art museum has all of their collection online. It's a bit of a crap shoot looking through this many images without having something specific in mind, but my favorite random finds so far are the photographs by Lee Friedlander.


I'm in a bit of a haze at the moment having spent yesterday driving from Washington to Utah and having spent the last six hours keeping my children from beating each other and my mothers house to a pulp. Ah the joys of vacations! Anywho as I was trying to reason with a tired toddler (a loosing battle) and feeling the blood rushing to my face, I took a moment to visit for a little dose of calm. I came across this quote:

"Kindness is the essence of greatness. It is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes." - Joseph B. Wirthlin

I'll be praying for more kindness in the form of patience tonight! Wish me luck.

So true!

"A lock on the door, means the power to think for oneself."
-Virginia Woolf

When I read this quote I had to laugh as it pretty much sums up what it takes for me to give any thought to art making at the moment. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who for mothers day weekend acted as my human lock and kept the boys busy allowing me a few moments alone with my thoughts and sketchbook. To my great surprise when the noise of everyday life died down, I actually still had some thoughts left, so that was encouraging.


Here's a look at some of the images in Todd Eberle's new book 'Empire of Space'. The pairing above is the bedroom aboard Air Force One and Eberle's grandparents guestroom in Houston. The presentation of images in this way looks like an intriguing format for a photography book and should it ever find it's way to the South Hill branch of the Spokane Public Library you can bet I'll snap it up (alas I won't be holding my breath).


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the first time I've ever honored it by the way, I'm making Marcela's great Nicaraguan Tres Leches. I'm not sure how Mexicans and Nicaraguans feel about one another's holidays but this dessert is so good as far as I'm concerned all of Central America can enjoy it together.
1c. sugar
5 eggs yokes
5 egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla
1c. self rising flour
1/4c. milk
Topping: combine 1 can evap. milk and use this can for the rest of the milk measurements, 1 can condensed milk, 1 can whipping cream, 1 can whole milk (this does seem to be quattro leche, no?)
Whip egg whites, mix yokes, sugar, flour, vanilla and milk. Fold in whites and cook for 35mins at 350. Mix topping and pour on little by little until absorbed.

More Maya

I love this book. My copy had been sitting out in my garage (and sometimes studio) collecting dust until I loaned it out. It was returned yesterday and flipping through the pages was pure bliss. I love Maya Lin's writing and the way she is able to articulate so clearly and thoughtfully the ideas behind her work.

the nutty-dressers luncheon

I love the eccentric ladies who go their own way but do it with style. I've always wanted to be more of a daring dresser but reasoned that the wallet just wouldn't support such wacky expenditures. Recently though I've been picking up some necklaces inspired by Louise Nevelson (looking a little severe in the bottom photo admittedly) and so I'm taking my first steps towards drama. Who knows, in twenty years I may have some style.

Night Owl

Since the prospect of making art during the day seems like an impossibility for at least the next few years I'm inspired by this photography show at the Met to take up nocturnal art making as a work around.