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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.