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Coit Tower – San Francisco

The 2nd day in San Francisco was another art day. All the days were art related.  That’s why I went there.  Today’s schedule:  the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill to see the WPA murals and the Asian Art Museum to see “China’s Terracotta Warriors” (the Terracotta Warriors will be a separate post).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs well as art, day two was a day of public transport.  Bus, Subway, Trolley, bus (and reverse)….sorry, I didn’t go on a cable car.  It was also a day of crowds:  many crowds…..on the subway, on the trolley, in the Coit Tower, and definitely at the Asian Art Museum.   At Pier 39 I waited for the bus that would take me up to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.  It was a blessed crowd-free bus.

I arrived 45 minutes early for the City Guides Tour of the Coit Tower and wandered around the grounds, peered through the fog at what was a barely seeable Alcatraz.

The interior of the Coit Tower has frescoes painted by many artists during the Depression.  It was part of the WPA program that FDR cooked up to get the unemployed “employed”.   Here are some photos of the frescoes.  They are supposed to represent California in one way or another: farming, industry, etc.

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The following frescoes are seen on the 2nd floor and in the stairwell.  Which you can only access with a City Guide.  This level seems to show the more posh side of California during the depression.

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Experiment in Paint

After work, I spent an hour or so painting.  The first painting was terrible.  It was a landscape that I started last weekend and over the week I progressively made it uglier.  It’s not finished and probably never will be.  As a matter of fact it will likely be scraped off of the canvas in the hope that the canvas can be used for something worthy in the future.  It will not be shared on this blog.

But I wanted to paint something.  So I grabbed a small canvas, about 8″x8″, and a small palette knife.  I’ve never painted with a palette knife but today I thought, what the heck.  Let’s give it a go.  It’s not finished but below is what came of the oil paint adventure.  Not beautiful, but not hideous either.