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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Artwork – A commission!

Kelsey London Crawford needed a label for her scrapbook. She commissioned me (through her agent, Kiowa)  to execute the design. Here is the pen and ink design and the finished product:

As you can see, my patron was thoroughly delighted with the result:

Kelsey London Crawford

Here are two completely different styles of watercolour painting:

The first is an abstract for which I have supplied my own narrative and the second is a waggish tilt at commercialism:


    The title of this painting will not mean anything except to me, my fishing partner, David  and the folk of Cochrane in northern  Canada. It is the name of one of the fishing lakes in the Northern Wilderness.

     Imagine having to slip out of the snugness of an all-comforting sleeping bag in the middle of the night (as one often must),  barefoot it across the cabin and into the coldness of the dark night to the nearest tree. (Not the one designated for the purpose by Billy, the outfitter, which is some way away from the safety of the cabin). With not a sole within a hundred miles, one cocks an anxious ear for the sound of a wandering bear among the strange rustlings of the wind and nocturnal wildlife. In the odd light of the northern night, the line of stunted trees across the lake takes on a sinister aspect. However, one may be lucky and see weirdly changing images and whispy strings of colour in the sky caused by the Northern Lights. In which case one’s thoughts may be diverted  by the sight of a moose spotted during the day or hooking a trophy pike. But not so much as to divert one from getting the job in hand done as quickly as possible and back into the cosy warmth of that sleeping bag!


One Response

  1. Ben,
    As an alternate titile for Chappa, how about “God’s notion of graffiti”? It is really beautiful and would make anyone want to leave his own mark on nature,

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