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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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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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:

Chappa

    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!

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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,
    John

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