Hello San Francisco! It's so nice to finally meet you! We only have 10 hours together. What do we do?
We begin with an espresso and a pistachio croissant at Sightglass Coffee, then we head over to the Japanese Gardens to meditate on the beauty of Mother Nature. We dance and twirl on a big stage at Golden Gate Park, and watch a group of women do Tai Chi. After that, we go to the heart of the city to a restaurant called Leo's for oysters and a lobster brioche.
With a full belly and a happy heart, we spend the next several hours exploring the SF Moma. I am surprised by the way I feel. The museum feels foreign and disorienting. I realize that I've changed. The Hawaiian jungle now feels like home.
After the museum, we walk to the Ferry Building and shop for a gourmet picnic. Then we take our aching feet to an absinth tasting, and to Blick Art Materials to buy my canvases for the following day's class. In the twilight, we drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. My eyes swell up with tears. This is a dream come true for me. I have wanted to visit this city ever since my "hippy days" in High School. I am overwhelmed by gratitude for this experience.
On our way to Sonoma (our home for the next few nights), we deviate slightly from our fresh, local and mostly organic diet for something very out of the ordinary: In and Out Burger. Don't judge. We're on vacation.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.