Thursday, August 21, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Mendocino Car Paint (August 21, 2014)

I saw this scene in Mendocino on a recent trip up the coast to visit the place. Another interesting composition resulting from a deteriorating car paint job. Unintended art.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Fallen Sign at the Airport (August 12, 2014)

I recently found myself at the outdoor international arrivals waiting area at San Jose Airport. On a concrete wall I found this intriguing pattern. After some thought, I decided there was probably a sign here that has fallen down or been removed. The pattern of squiggles was probably made by the adhesive that once held it up. Unintended art.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Gallery Floor (July 31, 2014)

Patterns on the floor at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, in Healdsburg, CA. There is always good art at this venue, but the floor is rather interesting too.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Torn Poster (July 28, 2014)

On a recent trip to Sacramento I stopped in Davis for lunch. Along a street I saw a metal box with peeling paint and the remnants of a poster on it. Looked like art to me.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Spilled Paint in a Parking Lot (July 25, 2014)

A parking lot paint spill. Driven over repeatedly, the paint has created a textured field of grey-blue next to a crisp white stripe. Serendipitous art.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Kiln Shelf (July 17, 2014)

Going back through old photos I found a number I took during Art Trails a couple years back at one of the several potters who participate in Art Trails, Sonoma County's largest open studio event, which takes place in October each year (I'll be participating myself, starting in 2014). This is a shelf in a kiln. Unintended art. Serendipitous art.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Patched Cracks (July 14, 2014)

This is not the first time I've photographed the asphalt patching on the cracks in the channel that gives Channel Dr. in Santa Rosa its name. Here's another view. The water level is low. The water is a strange yellow that adds to the abstract effect of the stark black against the concrete. Unintended art.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Back of Truck (July 2, 2014)

I recently found myself sitting behind a gaudily deteriorating truck at a stop light. I liked the colors but also the strange shadows. The light was such that the horizontal bars threw distinct shadows but it was difficult to see the bends in the metal responsible, so the shadows seemed somehow disconnected from the objects making them.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Prickly Pear cactus (June 27, 2014)

I suppose photographs of cactus pads have become a cliché, but the shapes of prickly pear cactus stems and the shadows they cast are fascinating nevertheless. Unintended art.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Ocean Beach Sand (June 24, 2014)

San Francisco's Ocean Beach is a long stretch of flat, monotonous, grey sand, but it forms small dunes along the roadway that parallels the water. These little dunes are fascinating. I love the patterns created by tiny sand slides, the wind-molded ripples, the lines made by insects walking across the surface. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Sidewalk Crack and Paint Splotch (June 21, 2014)

A found composition on a sidewalk. I like the lateral thrust of the crack and the bit of pizzazz added by the splotch of rust-colored paint. Unintended art.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Used Cloth Napkin (June 16, 2014)

I noticed this folded napkin left behind on a restaurant table. I love the folds. Looked like art to me. I just had time to get out my camera and photograph it before the busboy took it away from the table next to me.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Blue Paint over Street Markings (June 10, 2014)

Blue paint spilled and run over by cars added a layer to the existing yellow lines in a San Francisco street. Looked like art to me. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Studio Shadow (June 5, 2014)

A little serendipitous art found right at home. Working at my desk, I looked up and across the room to see light coming in from a window with blinds leaving shadows on a black backdrop. Unintended art.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Floor Texture (May 26, 2014)

Visiting art galleries usually involves looking at works of art on the walls or on pedestals, but I look at the floors, too. I found this interesting texture on the floor of Hammerfria Gallery in Healdsburg recently. Unintended art.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Gallery Floor Circle (May 21, 2014)

I recently attended an opening at Hammerfriar Gallery, in Healdsburg. There was much good art to look at, but I noticed this marking in a corner of the gallery's floor. It looked like art to me. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Red, Black, and Blue (May 11, 2014)

Red paint, black paint, blue paint. Some looks spilled. Some looks sprayed. I don't know what it signifies, but it looked like art to me.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Paint and Street Markings (May 7, 2014)

Recently on business in the Haight in San Francisco I had a little time between appointments to wander the streets. I found this patch of spilled blue paint run over by a tire atop a bright yellow street marking of some kind. I thought it an interesting abstract composition. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Serendipitous Art: White Board Doodles at the De Young (May 4, 2014)

In the museum store at San Francisco's De Young Museum are many things for sale--among them an easel equipped with a whiteboard and colored, erasable markers. One of these easels is set up in the store, and people play with the markers. Whenever I visit, I like to see what's there. Here's a view from about a month ago--surely gone by now. Ephemeral, unintended, serendipitous art.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Red Plastic Bowl on Wooden Chair (April 28, 2014)

A red plastic salad bowl (continuing the theme of my previous post) sitting on a wooden chair looked like art to me.  I like the way the direction of the bowl's concavity is hard to interpret. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Serendipitous Art: Stacked Plastic Bowls (April 25, 2014)

I liked the patterns created by these stacked plastic bowls encountered recently at a home furnishings store. Looked like art to me. Unintended art, serendipitous art.

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. Looked like art to me--unintended art, serendipitous art.
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