• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Art Class aboard the Queen Mary 2

As is my wont, one of the first things  I did aboard the QM2 was to sign up for the Watercolour class. I like taking classes because they give me the discipline to put that first nervous stroke on the paper. This is the third time on this ship so I know exactly where to go. The class, on this voyage, was run with a firm hand but with great good humour by Louise.

Louise

Louise made everyone in her group, beginners as well as those with previous experience, happy to be in the class. It was a lively group! The images which follow were taken indoors so the White Balance is not perfect.

First exercise

Second exercise - monotone rendering

Homework

The St. Thomas Windmill - Homework

Island scene

Classwork

Classwork

 

Homework - I put up a picture of this house in my previous post

Classwork

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4 Responses

  1. Fabulous artwork, Ben! Not surprising, of course.

    • Bonnie. Thank you. I feel that I am beginning to paint with more surety and improving skill as I practice. I use a 9″ x 12″ block by default now and I would like you to see the original works–The photographs flatten their character considerably. Ben

  2. Beautiful!!

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