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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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