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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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Artwork – ‘The Pomegranate Years’

I painted this piece in remembrance of the seventeen complicated, sweet, and, sometimes, turbulent years Ethel and I spent together. I have depicted her flamboyantly dressed as usual, reading her beloved ‘Times’, wearing a typical Ethel expression–An expression lit with the innocent pleasure of new discovery. It is an expression I will never forget.

 

I intended to surround the main theme with a frieze of vignettes of the institutions which gave us so much of our common joy of living but I began to be afraid that the design was getting cluttered and was detracting from the central subject. Below are pictures of two treatments, click twice on each and let me know what you think:

 

"The Pomegranate Years'  12" x 17" on Arches paper.

“The Pomegranate Years’ –  12″ x 17” on Arches paper.

 

. . . . with frieze added

. . . . with frieze added

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4 Responses

  1. I like it with the frieze….it’s awesome and very Ethel

  2. Love it Ben.

  3. I feel the Frieze is a great reminiscence, but feel it is too cluttered.

  4. Thank you all for your interest (including those who left Facebook or e-mail messages). The preferences were about evenly matched–with the frieze or without it. I retrieved my carving tools from Susan’s house and am now in the process of carving a frame for the painting. It will take some time but when it is finished I will post the final result. Ben

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