Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Stills: The Color Orange

Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of showing my fiber art instructor for the week, Jeannette DiNicolis Meyer, around San Antonio. She was going to have an awfully long wait at the airport and it seemed only right she experience the lovely Riverwalk and visit the Alamo before flying back to Oregon.

Kudos to her patience; I'm afraid she had to experience my asymptotical* way of finding things while driving--by using the direction of the sun and general orientation to the plaza tower rather than a map. Then there was finding parking during the congested spring break (and, of course, remembering where we left the car) and navigating the paths and bridges below street level along the river. We did pretty well.

* approaching ever nearer but  never quite arriving at the destination. New word courtesy Jeannette's husband.
 

Oddly, we saw a front end loader hauling structural debris out of this building with the bright orange dumpster. It was nice to see so many downtown buildings being remodeled.


This cafe on the river had their orange umbrellas up.


Some orange-ish stone steps across the river. Artistic detail abounds on the Riverwalk.


Someone was wearing orange, perhaps unknowingly complementing the sky. Jeannette is in the foreground. The Alamo is always smaller than one thinks it might be, perhaps because its legend is larger than life. Many do not realize the majority of the men who died here were mercenaries from other states and countries. I always wonder--once they knew they were so greatly outnumbered and no back up troops would arrive--why they did not leave when given the opportunity. It must have been a guy thing. Farmer Rick's burning question about the Alamo? What was the last tune Davy Crockett played on his fiddle before the siege.


I just want to say what an awesome teacher Jeannette is, and I hope you will explore her work and her book Speaking in Cloth: 6 Quilters 6 Voices. The above quilt is from her Storylines series, and below from her Self Portrait series. She hand dyes her fabric to produce these gorgeous colors.


I also had the great opportunity to meet many other talented art quilters taking the workshop who gave me additional inspiration and suggestions. To everyone--a great big thanks!!!

For more images of the color Orange, visit Sunday Stills!

14 comments:

theegggather said...

Sounds like you had a nice adventure. Good shots - I like the umbrellas.

Ed said...

Great shots, I'd like to get back there someday and get some pics of the old missions..:-)

Shirley said...

That's a nice walkway, I'm a fan of stonework. Lovely place.

dibear said...

Oh how I love San Antonio! I've taken many wonderful trips there. Glad to see they are fix'in up downtown. :) Nice orange selections. :)

Sandy said...

San Antonio. Definitely a fun place to take photos! Love the umbrella image the best! Well done!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Just lovely, every last one. The umbrellas were my fave! I would love to take a walk across the river on that walkway. So pretty!
I liked your narration along the way, too. Those art pieces are beautiful. I'm in love with orange and purple now. :)

~Lisa

Regular Guy said...

Very nice pictures (like the umbrellas and the angle you shot from), love the new word. I'll have to work that one in here and there. Saw San Antonio last February when our youngest graduated Air Force Basic Training.

Amy said...

The orange umbrellas are my favorite; nice shots of the color orange!

Callie said...

Thanks for the visit to Texas. I love Jeannettes work with fabric too! Lovely colors!

moresecretwhispers said...

the umberella photo is my favourite!
love the leading lines

thecrazysheeplady said...

So what would the word be for "the only two places I've ever seen a rattlesnake is where we are right now and where you are going tomorrow"? :-D

Brenda said...

I love the umbrella shot!

photographerpainterprintmaker said...

Umbrella photo is beautiful. The quilts are incredible. Love that stone walk as well.

NitWit1 said...

Except foe the opressive humidity, San Antonio is a favorite of mine.

Love to go back but my COPD just would not allow it. I'll enjoy via your photos.

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