Swimming with Niki de Saint-Phalle

Niki de Saint-Phalle - "Nana" - 1968
Niki de Saint-Phalle – “Nana” – 1968

Its just been a number of quick posts this last month, but that is a-okay. I enjoy seeing images more than anything else really. And today I am looking at the work of Niki de Saint-Phalle. Her work has been showing up for me in random places all week really. In different books. In my email inbox. I’ve paid attention… maybe because its kind of cold here in Utah and I’d like to spend some time with her and her people swimming in the warm ocean.



Niki de Saint-Phalle - "Bathers or Dancers" - 1980-81
Niki de Saint-Phalle – “Bathers or Dancers” – 1980-81
Niki de Saint-Phalle - "Nana Star" - 2000
Niki de Saint-Phalle – “Nana Star” – 2000

Hunters in the Snow

"Hunters in the Snow" by Pieter Bruegel "The Elder" , 1565
“Hunters in the Snow” by Pieter Bruegel The Elder, 1565

Today was the first real snowfall of the season in Salt Lake valley. I found myself in the canyons walking through some flurries in November, but still, no real snow. Even now, I suppose the valley didn’t get too much. But the hills got a fair amount earlier this morning.

Even though it wasn’t coming down to hard today on my walk (it was just sticking to the ground), I did enjoy taking my dog up into the hills. I like the way the trees, valley and streams look in the winter.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking of Pieter Bruegel‘s painting “Hunters in the Snow” for various reasons. I like to look at it, and it seems like a great day to post it here on ArtDuh.

Bye Bye, Reuel’s

Going Out Of Business
Going Out Of Business

I learned the other day that the local Salt Lake City art supply store, Reuel’s, is going out of business and will be gone for good after Christmas Eve. This makes me kinda sad.

When my family first moved here to Utah, before I was able to drive, I remember hoping on my bike and riding everywhere. I rode that bike all over, but my usual destination was either Comics Utah (they were in a little shop in Sugar House at the time), or Reuel’s.

Back then I’d usually pick some fancy mechanical pencil, colored pencils, brushes, or one of my many many sketchbooks. But what I really loved were their art books. I’d spend a lot of time flipping through those, especially the ones that had reproductions of ancient symbols. As I got older, I bought more and different supplies, always from Reuel’s (if I was able and they had it in stock. If not, I went to Zims, who has also gone out of business recently). Canvas, clay, paint, paint, paint, paint, pastels, markers, paint, easels, paint, additional sketchbooks, and even more fancy-ass mechanical pencils.

I guess with this post I want to say “so long, and thanks for all the fish!”