Happy 2012!

I hope you all had a fantastic season. Mine was wonderful – spending time with loved ones I don’t see often enough, and plenty of precious quiet time with my husband.

Now I’m plunging headlong into the new year, with all sorts of goals for FocusLight. My big project right now involves preparing for my very first show, starting February 1 at the Oakland Public Library (Lakeview branch). It’s exciting, but I’ve got an enormous task list to tackle in preparation.

In the meantime, this is a photo I took at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in November. If you ever have a chance to get to the Getty, GO! It’s an amazing space, where the architecture is just as memorable as the artwork it houses. In this case, I couldn’t resist this abstract of wall tiles on the building as we were leaving. The wall curves, presenting some gorgeous perspective play.

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Stumbling on treasures

One of my favorite things about traveling is exploring the side streets and back alleys of a town I’ve never seen, discovering new sights and experiences. It was on just such a meander in Lucca, a beautiful little medieval town in northern Tuscany, that I passed a doorway and caught this view out of the corner of my eye. The arches were visually striking, but the feel of the space is what really drew me. The quiet, serene courtyard was empty, with no one around, but the open door beckoned, as if waiting for someone. It was deserted, but felt like someone had just stepped out for a second.

Lucca Archway

Archway in Lucca convent

Victorian grace in modern San Francisco

Another Golden Gate Park image from a couple of years ago, this time stunning Victorian-era greenhouse, the Conservatory of Flowers. Built in 1878, it’s the oldest building in the park, and is said to have been modeled after the renowned Kew Gardens palm house. It’s well worth a stop if you’re in the park. The building itself is stunning, and the collection of rare and exotic plants & flowers inside is beautifully curated and maintained.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park