Friday

The reason for my absence



Two weeks ago I received a phone call from a friend I have know for the last twenty-eight years, asking if I could help and this would require traveling to southern California. Before our conversation concluded I knew what my answer would be, but I would need to first discuss this with the family. The following day I learned a little more for my purpose and we each reassured one another. I started packing clothing for a week, pulling a couple of books to read in the evening, along with my notebooks.


As the days progressed and we were reaching the end of last week, it became clear it would require staying a little longer then first agreed, but just passed midnight and the start of Thursday, I arrived home.





I have no regrets, though I never did get to read any of my books, visit LACMA, I did spend nine hours at The Getty, being overwhelmed by more than 250 large prints of the late Irving Penn, along with several other special exhibits. Over the next several weeks I will write about these exhibits and share photographs of the Getty’s architecture, including the pleasures discovered in an envelope sent to me from one of my followers in Colorado.


Having been out of my element and routine, it will take a couple of days to regain my footing so I can catch up on all the posts I have missed, considering I had mostly no Internet, let alone the evening news from New York to know what was going on else where.


Before closing I would like to welcome my latest followers, Caterina Giglio, La Dolce Vita; Kim Hambric, Merlin’s Musings; Anna Mavromatis, My Ephemera; Ange, Words on Wood; Victoria Pittman, by the same name; and our mystery person, a Londoner ex-patriot 'forever' living in Western U.S, Hot Toast and Jam.


Please have a look at the sidebar under Special Exhibits of the month, where you will find a link to the Getty and the Irving Penn exhibit and a little further down my recommendation for the blog of the month, artist Deb Schmit’s and her exceptional paintings.



9 comments:

iNdi@ said...

welcome back...

Lawendula said...

Welcome back!
Looking forward to hear more!
Eine schöne Weihnachtszeit, Dir! :)

La Dolce Vita said...

Welcome back and rest up! and thanks for the link! blessings!

John M. Mora said...

Penn, Steichen and Avedon could mix art and fashion....the quality of the Penn prints themselves must have been gorgeous.

Ansel Adams in particular you needed to see the print - the details in the shaddows.

My best.

Ange said...

Welcome back Egmont! HOpe you managed to enjoy the company of your friend in need as well. I myself will be posting less for a while. I have several complicated and interesting wood projects to work on... Finished with the crafts. It's art I'm ARFTER ;-)

Warmest wishes
Ange

Wild Somerset Child said...

Welcome back; it's hard tore-acclimatize after time away but I am sure your presence helped your friend.

jeannette stgermain said...

Sounds like you had a very stimulating visiting at the Ghetty. Just a couple of weeks ago hubby told me that one can also visit Paul Ghetty's own (estate)house in Malibu -which is also full of art.
Something for a next time:)

Crayons said...

Bonjour Quatre Saisons,
This is my first visit, and I already feel at home. I just love reading good prose in a blog, especially if the person has something to say! I'll be sure to visit again soon.

sophie munns said...

Just dropping by to say hello and welcome you back Egmont. No doubt your friend was grateful for fine companionship and support - such a consolation in life I think! The gift of time itself for another is very precious and often all too rare as we get older.
Now just getting into your groove again and Xmas is almost here..I guess that will shift routines somewhat as well..
Cosyy nesting!
S