Monday, January 26, 2015

night out

The Burning (Mandelshtam), 2006 oil and wax on canvas

d and i were thrilled to be invited to the inauguration of Enrique Martinez Celaya's new Los Angeles studio. and even happier that my cold subsided enough that we could attend saturday night!

we started off with a nostalgic early dinner at father's office (we went to the helms bakery location, but i spent many happy hours as a getty graduate intern at the santa monica office, years ago, when it was a craft beer pub with a long history. the office burger is still one of the best burgers i've ever had.)

then we headed to Martinez Celaya's space, which he's been in for 9 months or so. the converted industrial building provides discrete spaces for the artist to paint, draw and sculpt. it was truly magnificent. the kind of LA studio one dreams of. (Kitaj would always joke about how small his studio was in comparison to most L.A. artists.)

the night ended with a performance by his long-time collaborators, the cowboy junkies, who performed a full set in the courtyard, under the stars.

The Well, 2013 bronze

enrique martinez celaya bio
works here
more studio shots here
watch for Martinez Celaya exhibition at LA Louver April 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

weekend to do

my mom came back from b.c. with us so we've been working to take in a few things around town. this new painting at the getty was a must on my list.

horse show
birthday party
book club (the storyteller)

around the house
upper cabinet clean-off
wash kitchen floor
clean off office desk

beat this head cold into submission so that we will make it to this tonight!

Monday, January 19, 2015

ride on.

so yesterday was the first real day of our venture into horse "ownership". it was marvelous. k said it was even better than she had ever imagined. i am so happy.


and while i am sure there are different iterations, the basics of leasing a horse are most likely the same. it works something like this:

we have a quarter lease, which means, we are responsible for a quarter of the boarding costs. in turn, the girls have access to "their" horse and pony on Sundays, as well as being able to ride them in their lessons. access includes chores, and it also includes free riding in the ring, which is something they have been dreaming of. riding their horses with their friends. side-by-side. chatting. practicing what they've been learning in their lesson. getting to know the animal better.


of course there are limitations, and rules to follow, but there is also the comfort that there is someone else watching over our shoulder to ensure we are doing everything right. i appreciate that.

i did not grow up riding horses, as i've said before. but i love them. seeing this develop in the girls is thrilling for me.



k is leasing a welsh cobb pony named curio. who she has loved for a very long time. she's fast and sassy and challenging and k enjoys every minute of it.

e is leasing a mustang named suki. a gentle boy with a beautiful rolling canter. he's quiet and thoughtful. much like the girl.


and me. i am also taking lessons. and i am so happy to have been asked to help a new boarder at the ranch adjust. his name is cisco, and he is being taken care of through the ranch's horse and pony rescue program. he is a sweet old soul, and i am happy to spend time grooming and walking him as he prepares for his new job loving children and having them love him.

it is a new adventure. dipping our toe into horse ownership feels good. i'll definitely keep you informed how all this goes. xo

in the sfv and curious about horses? our ranch is an amazing place to start. summer camp registration begins February 1! visit Total Equestrian Experience

Saturday, January 17, 2015

weekend to do


around the house
weed (rain - chickens = weeds. oh how i miss them this spring!)
laundry on the line (temps up to 80!)
assignment #11

time at the ranch (our new home away from home)

Friday, January 16, 2015

looking back...

love grows

completing the trifecta

merry merry
merry merry


Thursday, January 15, 2015

looking back...

Galiano summer
summer home

Galiano summer
the long way back.

year in review...
and a trip to London

Tuesday, January 13, 2015