Dogs Fly, Books, Unsung Art, Vistas, Dolphins in Los Angeles! by da-AL

Having people stay over is the best time to get to know my sprawling Los Angeles better! This month we had the bonanza of double guests. I’m kicking myself (metaphorically) for botching photos of some family, so please envision cheery faces between all these shots…

Pasadena’s lovely Norton Simon Museum (of art), is modestly sized yet dense with treasures! Pablo Picasso apparently made the women in his life miserable, which may explain why this one finds sweet refuge in her book…

Woman with a Book, 1932, Pablo Picasso of Spain, oil on canvas.

I knew about Edgar Degas’ captivating ballerina sculptures (the Norton also features some of those), but not that he created atmospheric monotypes…

Autumn Landscape (L’Estérel),1890, Edgar Degas of France, monotype in oil colors on heavy cream-colored laid paper.

Unsung artists sing out! There’s a special place in my heart for ‘unknown’ artists, given my current status as a not-yet-published novelist. In this work by a lesser-known painter, this hat maker might be more content reading a book, no?…

The Milliner by Valere De Mari of the U.S., 1917, pastel on wove sketch pad paper.

Reading Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winner “The Goldfinch,” which sets an amazing portrait of a little bird at its core, put me in the mood for Dutch art. Unknown artist(s?) committed these masterly tulips to paper for a tulpenboek, a.k.a. a humble flower catalog…

Branson, c. 1640, gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper.
Root en Geel van Katolikn, c. 1640, gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper.

Animal lovers, join me in a swoon at this visual paean to dogs! Note the proud master’s coat of arms on the collar, his ‘country house’ in the background…

Aldrovandi Dog, c. 1625, Giovanni Francesco Barbiere (a.k.a. Guercino) of Italy, oil on canvas.

Griffith Park is as wonderful for the park itself as it is for the views. You met this part of my family first here

My year ‘round Valentine and moi in front, Angela and Kim in back, with the sun on our faces, the wind in our hair, and grand Los Angeles behind us.

Our doggie barely touched the ground, she had that much fun at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach. Thank you, Justin, for your many many good works, including getting the city to okay this canine paradise. As for dolphins, dear reader, your imagination is needed — every dang many times those amazing creatures surfaced only yards from us, they eluded my photography. All the same, they were breathtaking!!!!!…

See the joyous dog in flight, visualize the dolphins cavorting, ignore the oil rigs in the background…

What sight do you most wish you could have photographed?

49 thoughts on “Dogs Fly, Books, Unsung Art, Vistas, Dolphins in Los Angeles! by da-AL

  1. You are certainly in my neck of the woods…so to speak. Born and raised in CA but have lived my adult life in WA, but am never far from the place of my birth. If it were not for my sister who is enthusiastic about all museums and gardens extraordinary, I would not have been to as many as I have. For every time I have visited since my mother’s passing, we have gone to one of them. I loved the Norton Simon and yes, packed full of so many wonderful pieces of art, such as Degas and Picasso, both favorites of mine. I am an artist, myself, but will never be one whose art hangs on the pinnacle of gifted. I did grow up, though, going to Griffith Park and the San Diego Zoo, which were my mother’s favorites. I loved all the beaches and Long Beach is only a short drive from the home I was raised in, in Downey. I miss the ocean most of all, living here in WA, where the water is not conducive to swimming. Thank you for sharing your visit to the State I will always call home and for giving me a moment…or two…to have fond memories again.

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  2. Isn’t it fun to play tourist in your own “backyard”? We love to do that too, when we get visitors. The hat maker of the one painting looks as if she did not like the attention of the paparazzo … 😉

    I missed a beautiful shot today: we were sitting in a cafe looking out. The sky was completely dark, full of oncoming thunder, but from behind us the sun was shining on some trees standing in front of the darkness, and gave their crowns a red and golden glow. It was spectacular. Alas, I was too slow …

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and allowing us to see your wonderful world through your eyes!!.. 🙂 “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert

    Hope today and all your tomorrows are filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

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  4. I like the variety of art, especially since dogs are included! 🙂 Looks like you had a good time with your friends. For me it isn’t a sight, it is a who. Me with my dogs. I don’t like getting my picture taken with anyone, ever. And now that my babies are gone, I wish I had gotten good pictures with them. At least, I have tons of great pictures of them.

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    • Perhaps you’re like me, wherein I find my best pictures of myself are when I’m with my furry lovelies? My theory is that when I’m posing with them, I’m more relaxed & less self-conscious…


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