• Upcomimg Trips

    July 9 to 12 To Rehobeth Beach with Susan and Craig. Possibly take in a visit to Chincoteague to sample the seafood.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.

     

     

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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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