Saturday, April 19, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Truck Paint (April 19, 2014)

This is the third photo of three I took a few months back of a truck with a prettily deteriorated paint job. Look like art to me--unintended art, serendipitous art.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Painted Wood Floor (April 7, 2014)

Another photo of the painted wood floor of a gift shop along San Francisco's Valencia Street. The arc of missing paint has been rubbed away by the opening and closing of the shop door. Unintended art, Serendipitous Art.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Poster Fragments, San Francisco (April 3, 2014)

On a walk along San Francisco's Valencia St. a few weeks back I found a large wooden board pasted over with bills and posters overlaid with graffiti and more bills and posters. Some were stapled to the board, some glued. Once in a while, I imagine the whole thing is cleared, leaving behind whatever sticks. Here's another view of the board. Unintended art, Serendipitous art.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Old Warehouse Door (March 29, 2014)

I liked the look of this old warehouse door. It's an interior door. It looks like it once closed off a meat locker or something similar. I just liked the textures. Serendipitous Art.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Pale Green Gourd (March 26, 2014)

Looking back through some photos I took last autumn, I found this close-up view of a gourd that I saw in front of a grocery store. I like the waxy-looking surface, the pale, grey-green color, and the shadows. Unintended art. Serendipitous art.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Serendipitous Art: White Paint on Asphalt (March 22, 2014)

White stripes over white stripes on black asphalt. An almost symmetrical composition, but not quite. Looked like art to me. Unintended art. Serendipitous art.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Serendipitous Art: White and Orange Tree Bark (March 17, 2014)

As today is St. Patrick's Day, I suppose I should have found something green to post, but I offer this pretty tree instead. I love the dull orange and off-white patterning--the irregular dark areas and the lines of little dots. Unintended art. Serendipitous art. I did snap this photo outside the Green Music Center--maybe that counts?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Circular Cover (March 12, 2014)

I don't know what this circular cover covers, but I liked the way it looked--pale against a grey background, almost like the moon, and surrounded by maroon. Unintended art.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Copper-clad Rudder (March 9, 2014)

I've recently visited the Maritime Museum in San Francisco a couple of times. My attention has been focused on the beautiful murals and mosaics there, but among the displays is a charred rudder fragment from the Niantic, a ship turned into a hotel that burned in the Great Fire of 1851. This piece was pulled from the mud in 1978. Unintended art.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Posted Bills on Wooden Wall (March 3, 2014)

On a walk in San Francisco recently, I came across a very photogenic wooden wall covered with flyers and other material. I took many photographs of it. This photo features a red X and a purple circle. The board itself appears to have been painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Orange X on Painted Wood Floor (February 26, 2014)

Another X to contemplate. I found this colorful X on the floor of Serendipity Cards and Gifts (appropriately enough) at 803 Valencia St., in San Francisco. The woman in the store thought me a bit strange for asking her about the floor. She didn't know if it had been designed to look the way it was, or if the colored marks had worn through from a layer below the mostly blue paint now on the floor. She seems never to have thought much about the floor at all, but it was full of pictures. More to come.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Blue Sidewalk X (February 22, 2014)

I don't know the meaning of this mark I found along a curb in San Francisco recently, but I liked the blue, the white circle, and the X inscribed inside it. Or, perhaps the circle was painted around the X. Whatever the reason for the existence of this little composition, it looked like art to me. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Stacked Terra Cotta Tiles (February 18, 2014)

Flat tiles, curved tiles. Stacked, like giant crackers. I like the contrast between the two shapes and the gaps between the piles. Unintended art.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Shadow on Metal Wall (February 13, 2014)

Tree shadows on a corrugated metal wall created this composition I found on a walk to the post office in Healdsburg, California. I liked the patched spot and the covered graffiti on the wall overlaid by the shadows--an element that will come and go with the sun. Serendipitous art, unintended art.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Rusted Siding (February 9, 2014)

Rust on metal siding. I liked the contrast of the straight lines created by the edges of metal plates and the irregular patches of rust. Unintended art.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Stove Flue (February 5, 2014)

I saw this composition on the flue above an old stove at the home of local potter John Chambers. It's interested me before on visits during open studio events. Recently I got a satisfying photograph of it. Unintended art.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Chalk on Sidewalk (January 30, 2014)

I noticed this chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of a friend's house recently. It was made by the children of the house--part of what game or ritual, I do not know, but it looked like art to me. Unintended art, Serendipitous Art.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Found Art: Stairs and Shadows (January 21, 2014)

The stairs at one of Healdsburg's better galleries interest me because they are made partly of wood, partly of metal, and the railings cast interesting shadows on the steps. I recently saw these shadows. Serendipitous art, unintended art.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Found Art: Outdoor Grill (January 17, 2014)

The most mundane of things, when seen from the right angle and in the right light, can be visually arresting. This is an outdoor barbecue grill at MacKerricher State Park, in Fort Bragg, California. Unintended art, Serendipitous art.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Found Art: Black Cloth (January 13, 2014)

This black cloth was hanging in front of the glass pane in a door somewhere. I liked the pattern created by the uneven application of whatever colored it black. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Found Art: Farm Equipment and Red Barn (January 9, 2014)

This rusted piece of farm equipment looked like a sculpture in a museum against a bright red backdrop, lit obliquely by late afternoon sun. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Found Art: Copper Door (January 6, 2014)

I found this beautiful copper door in San Francisco not long ago, along market street. I love the pale stain against the patina and the letters scratched into the stained area. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Found Art: Shadow on Tree (January 3, 2014)

First unintentional art of the new year. I liked the rich green of the lichen (if it's lichen) growing on this tree and the way the shadows played over the scarred surface of the tree trunk. Found art.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Found Art: Broken Whitewashed Windows (December 31, 2013)

An abstract composition created by broken panes among unbroken panes in a panel of whitewashed windows. Found art. The last found art of 2013 from Serendipitous Art.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Found Art: Old Fence, Glen Ellen (December 28, 2013)

I recently came across this old fence in Glen Ellen, California. The colors are subtle and beautiful. I like the patterns made by the gaps and the knots as well. Found art.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Found Art: Architectural Abstraction (December 24, 2013)

Inside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in San Francisco, there are some interesting views to be had of the complex interior walls. Here's an abstract composition from one of the stairways. Found art.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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