Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week 47

We spent the day doing a whole lot of nothing as we were tired from the evening before. We were recovering from a night of performance art, walking through Chinatown to find some late night eats, and good conversation and company with friends until the wee hours of the morning. Saturday was definitely a rest day.

Jon and I are taking a portrait a week for a year. You can view our entire set of portraits here.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Week 46

We took some time on Sunday to finally check out Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. This is one of the many large scale outdoor installation on the grounds. 

Jon and I are taking a portrait a week for a year. You can view our entire set of portraits here.

Monday, November 11, 2013

What I Saw: KAWS

My little brother came into town for a few days. Per his request, we had an art filled weekend and managed to catch three Kaws shows, two in NYC and one in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Danny's best friend drove in from Massachusetts to join us on our adventures. It had been over a year since they had seen each other! We savored every second of Danny's trip.

Just look at how happy those two are to be together again. Also, it blows my mind to have a photo of my brother at the subway stop to my neighborhood. Blows my mind.

So, Kaws - do you know who he is? I first found out about him through Danny. Kaws has designed a number of toys and is also a prolific painter and sculpture. The first show we saw was a collection of his paintings.

Honestly, I don't get his paintings. His technique and line work is definitely impressive, but what I love are his sculptures. When we got to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for his show we were all totally blown away. The juxtaposition of these enormous sculptures paired with huge, classic bodies of work was stunning.

We drove from Philly directly to the last Kaws show in Chelsea. This show consisted of only three sculptures but they were enormous. They were my favorites of the weekend.

Danny kept exclaiming through out the weekend how this had been the best trip to New York that he had ever had. He also mentioned how it was so nice to see me in Brooklyn. You see, this was the first time he has visited me since I've moved. I know that sounds strange, but before Jon and I were married and doing the long-distance thing, I would be in Ohio quite often. Consequently, I got to see my brother and our family on a pretty regular basis. After the wedding, Jon and I have been back a few times but it has not been as often. Having my brother here in New York was amazing. We are so close and we count ourselves lucky to be such good friends. Watching his excitement and wonder while looking at the work of one of his favorite artists was a joy to experience. His enthusiasm for art and motivation to practice his own craft is inspiring. Having this time with him was really a gift. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What I Saw: The Catskills

One of the great things about living in New York City is the close proximity of some serious mountains. It always blows my mind that a complete change in scenery is available by only a couple hours of travel by train or by car. This weekend was no exception.

Jon and I spent the weekend in the Catskills for our first wedding anniversary. We stayed in Phoenicia, one of many charming small towns in the area. We booked a one room cottage at the Phoenicia Lodge and I highly recommend this place. The owners are so gracious and kind AND are former Brooklynites. When we arrived late in the evening on Friday, we were greeted with freshly baked cookies and an exhaustive list of hikes and sightseeing around the area. We decided to get up early on Saturday for a hike to the Giant Ledge.

The forecast called for rain later in the day but thankfully it held off until we were finished with our hike. We knew that most of the leaves had already fallen from the trees but the hike was still beautiful. Being outside in nature is something that I will never, ever pass up.

We got to the top and found a ledge where we could have a snack and enjoy the view. It was unbelievably still and quiet. The view was amazing.

We decided to head back and returned to our cottage for some downtime before our dinner reservation at Peekamoose Restaurant, another great recommendation from our hosts. Everything we had was excellent, but we were especially blown away by the charcuterie board, complete with house cured meats and the most delicious chicken liver pate I've ever tasted. Seriously, this stuff was unbelievably delicious. 

They were also kind enough to surprise us with an extra little something with our dessert to help celebrate our anniversary. We were definitely surprised.

Sunday morning we slowly made our way back to Brooklyn. We crossed the Hudson River and took the scenic route down, making some stops along the way to whatever looked interesting. When we arrived back to the city the NYC Marathon had just ended, making the drive a little complicated but we were both in high spirits after a beautiful weekend. We just laughed at the ridiculousness of other drivers and made our way back home.

Week 44

Jon and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary this weekend. On Friday, I took a train out to a little town near his workplace. He picked me up and we continued on to the Catskills. We stayed in a one room cottage and hiked to the Great Ledge. Much of the leaves had fallen off of the trees in this area, but the view from the top was still a stunner. We briefly shared this ledge with another couple who had celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. Every year they go on a hike together. They told us that we have many more beautiful anniversary hikes to enjoy. 
Jon and I are taking a portrait a week for a year. You can view our entire set of portraits here.