PBS - Simon Schama's Power of Art
This is a series of 8 shows about masterpieces that changed the way the world looks at art. We watched the first one, on Picasso and Guernica. It was a powerful account of Picasso's life and his state of mind at the time he painted this impactful piece. This Simon Schama is kind of a drama queen at times, but I was trying not to hold that against him and just enjoy the history lesson. Next up is Van Gogh and Wheatfield with Crows. There is still time to catch the rest of the series, so set your Tivo now. Definitely worthwhile.
Inside the Actor's Studio - Elton John
Wowza, a 2 hour interview, an old one, from 2005, but we had never seen it. Elton was way more down to earth that I would have guessed. I especially loved his talk about fear and creativity. He was talking about working on Lion King and Aida, about how he had some fear around working so far out of his box. And how he strongly believes any artist needs to push them self through fear because to take risks is to grow as a creative. I love that concept. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Well....I had heard a lot about this movie, how stunning it was from an artistic standpoint. And it was certainly well done. But just so violent and filled with evil I guess I had a hard time with that. Thank goodness we didn't see it in the theater.
And lest you think we just watched TV all weekend, we also slept in, took a walk, cooked some food, read books, cleaned out magazines and (drum roll please) talked about vacation plans. That would be a real vacation like where we take a trip that doesn't involve any one's family or business interests. Hmmmm, what a concept. We are still formulating plans, but Santa Fe and the surrounding area is our top choice at the moment.
And I even painted and finished a new work. Stay tuned for photos.