Monday, May 10, 2010

Pie in the sky

After dropping off my kids at school, I meet up with a girlfriend and we go to the much loved The Getty Museum .  It's an absolutely beautiful place, and especially neat for me since I remember watching it being built during my daily commute several years back.  They just so happen to be featuring a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.  According to wikipedia, he was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.  Gee wiz.  I know I wear a lot of hats, but damn, that's beyond impressive - I'd take just one of those titles. And, on top of that he's considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time!  Of...all...time.  I feel good about myself when I can make a good pie crust from scratch and get my kids to school on time every day.  

I know, I know, I should not compare myself to this absolute genius.  He's super smart and all that, but I'm not sure he could've handled raising twins, so, it's all relative.  I do know that I am fascinated as I walk around the exhibit.  I totally appreciate his astounding attention to detail and vision.  If he needed something, he invented it.  If he wanted to understand better than anyone, he studied it endlessly.  Such tenacity!  Such foresight!  Wow.

While I am there, I also admire works by Monet, Van Gogh, and Tissot, among many many others. I was particularly moved by this emotional painting by Abraham Soloman called "The Acquittal":
I learn my friend, Emi, loves the color and simplicity of this painting by Claude Monet called "Wheatstacks":

We joke that after I'm done with my Artist's Way work in a few weeks, I'll paint a similar painting for her to hang in her newly remodeled bedroom, along with baking her one of my soon-to-be famous meal pies like I keep promising:
I'm not so sure about the painting part yet (it's on my to-do list to take a painting class), but I do know I can make a mean pie.  Just look at that color and texture!  Can you even imagine the complexities of the different flavors coming together as one as a grand symphony of yummy mouthwatering goodness?  Granted, it's still a work in progress, as my expanding pie crust thighs will attest to, but each time it gets better and better and that's what counts.  Yep, that's me, channeling a teeny tiny bit of Leonardo's inventiveness. 

I didn't exactly commit to twelve weeks of the Artist's Way to find creative success making meal pies, at least I hope that's not my only calling in the end.  I want more than that for sure.  But, from what I've found true in the past, is that one creative expression can lead to another and another.  It's about the process and feeding the creative longing that matters the most.  In the Getty gift shop, I saw a magnet that had a fitting quote from Da Vinci that read: "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."

If all I do for a little while is continue to feed myself with increasingly better and better meal pies, then that's just what I'll do and try not to be too hard on myself.  I think I'll be okay, as long as I keep looking and dreaming upwards with an creative open mind...oh, and step up my visits to the gym.

*the Monet and Soloman pictures are from


  1. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you make Getty level work after you finished the Artist Way. It was miraculous for me. Really, the Artist Way and blogging for me have both been amazing in teaching my discipline. That may not sound as cool as being one of the greatest painters of all time---but for me it is almost as big of an achievement.

  2. I have YET to taste one of those pies. I look forward to it! And so glad you are happy and creating.