The first love of my creative life has always been textiles, and I have quite a few fabric-y things piled high in the studio. I am just this week completing (and I mean before the week ends) a quilt that started with an inspiring class in... 1999! Several times I almost called it quits, but I'm so glad I persevered, because I love it now. My guild's next show is in late March, and so I have set a rigid schedule to help me have a good showing there. I'm sure I will be glad I did.
So instead, this week I am sharing the first installment of visual candy of my recent trip into town to gather and participate in that good holiday vibe of early December. I always take the sketchbook and journals with me, but when there is a short time and much to capture, there is nothing like a camera. I love to see how much energy I can pack into my shots, and so share a bit of the excitement with you.
|The Hotel Monaco, just south of the Chicago River is our favorite place to stay in town. They have just redecorated and the room was quite elegant.|
|The view from our third floor window took in the Trump Tower|
across the river. The crystalline blue makes it look
like a computer-generated image to me.
|In Daley Plaza, we drank hot spiced wine and ate gooey chocolate soft pretzels. Two "porcelain figurines" posed in front of the giant Christmas tree.|
|Hanging out at the Christkindelmart is a nice time to stop and look around at the dramatic beauty of the city buildings.|
|I love all the overlapping reflections and intersecting lines. Just a pop of red.|
|Always on guard and always on duty.|
It was hilarious to watch them warming their "heinies" in front of the memorial flame in the plaza (especially since it wasn't a terribly cold day.)
|An elegant Macy's Window foretold the exciting decor to be found inside. (Although it's still Marshall Fields in the heart of many locals, I am a Philadelphian, and the fabulous building reminds me of the Wanamaker's of my youth.)|
|Trumpets on State Street|
|The amazing tree in the Walnut Room restaurant|
|Real tree "skirts" along the sidewalks are always holiday festive.|
|Sometimes "The Bean" makes you catch your breath with how it appears as delicate as a bubble.|
|It is mandatory for tourists and locals to visit and take|
photos of their reflections.
|When you walk under Cloud Gate (the real name of the artwork,) the reflections multiply and produce dizzying effects. If you aren't careful you can walk into the surface.|
|The girl behind the camera|
|The sun was beginning to set and we headed off to the Art Institute for our afternoon coffee at the Modern Wing.|
|Lines, textures, colors (and this was just a hallway out side the lavatories!) I think it would be a good start for an interesting painting or quilt.|
|Crown Fountain "spews" water from the ever changing faces|
on the two 50 foot glass block towers. (Well, not in winter; but in summer kids of all ages frolic in the water.)
Note the moon directly overhead.
|Heading back to the hotel, the magic glow of the city at sunset.|
The building on the far right is the Aon Center,
previously the second tallest building in the city
(before Trump was completed.)
Hope you enjoyed!
Next time: a bit of the night, plus an arty stop at the Chicago Cultural Center.