Friends and I went to see the terrific exhibit Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It is an excellent retrospective of his work and was the first time I had seen such a comprehensive collection of his work in one place. Francis began to paint, using it as a healing process during a serious illness as a young man. Even during his final illness in the 1990's, he was a prolific painter. He traveled much and maintained studios in France, Switzerland, Japan and California. The work is a joy to see. Color, form and space within the pieces invite contemplation. I was not surprised to learn he was influenced by Zen Buddhism. Don't miss this if you are in the Los Angeles area... it closes on January 5th.
Traveling the Silk Road is one of the current special exhibits at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. It is a fun hands on exhibit to explore. Exhibit runs through April 13, 2014. While there we visited the Rose Garden, still rich with blooms, and basked in the warm summerlike weather. This is December???!
Happy New Year to you!