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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.


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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 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


The St. Thomas Windmill - Homework

Island scene




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



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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