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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

  • 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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Flowerpot Art

On our way to Montauk last year, we came across these two  humerous flowerpots.

Top and . . . . .

Top and . . . . .

 

 . . . . . bottom

. . . . . bottom

The subject of the following watercolour skctch is the life-guard’s rescue boat, fully equipped and ready to go–with bathers enjoying the surf in the distance.

 

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This boat was on the beach at Atlantic City when Gillian and I visited last year.

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Party Pots

During my visit to Susan’s house to commemorate the 4th July, I painted this sketch of Susan’s whimsical flowerpots to commemorate Kelsey’s upcoming birthday on the 17th July. It is now mounted and framed and I intend to give it to her this week (See previous post: “Kelsey’s Tea Party”) :

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"Kelsey's Tea Party"

“Kelsey’s Tea Party”

 

Latest paintings

Here are two sketches I made while visiting Nicaragua with Susan and Craig:

Nicaraguan Interior

Nicaraguan Interior

 

Nicaraguan Exterior

Nicaraguan Exterior (The bird was a resident  constantly protesting human interference)

Artwork – 21st Century Nymph

Here is my latest watercolour. 11″ x 14″ on Arches paper:

Click on the image for detail

Modern Nymph

Modern Nymph

Latest Watercolour and a found project

Harlem Meer has, as I have previously mentioned, become an easily available source of inspiration for my painting. I find its constantly changing mood , from gloom to glee, according to the cloud conditions, fascinating. Here is my latest scene:

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Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer      14″ x 9 1/2

And here, the artist, wearied from wielding the brush, rests serenely (albeit, briefly) upon the summer soil:

Photo sneaked by Nereida, a friend of Christine

Photo sneaked by Nereida, a friend of Christine

It was while I was searching among my art drawers for an actual matt (rather than the computer generated one shown in the image above) for the Harlem Meer sketch, that I found, at the bottom of one of them, the following partially carved project:

Partially carved design

Partially carved design

The wood is a perfectly grained Honduras mahogany board, 18″ x 13 1/2, 1 1/2 inches thick. The design is taken from a Giancarlo Impiglia poster. It shows Dorothy and I in our opera-going garb standing before our apartment sliding doors.

It has lain in the drawer, undiscovered, since Dorothy died over twenty years ago. Now that I have my carving tools back with me, I am going to have a shot at finishing it. It will take me several months but I will post the piece when  it’s  completed. (If successful)

 

 

 

 

Latest artwork

When Kim was vising here in the Fall, she asked me to paint a portrait of her mother, Dorothy.  Looking through my archival photos, it was difficult to find a pose upon which to base the painting; when Dorothy was photographed outdoors, she always seemed to be wearing fashionable sunglasses (which hid the familiar expressions by which we  all fondly remember her).

However, I found an indoor one which (with a little maneuvering) did the trick,  and, I thought it would be a great souvenir if I included Kim herself in the painting. I sorted through the old photographs again and found one of Kim at an age that would be approximately contemporary with the one of Dorothy.

It so happened, that, just before her visit, I had completed the carving of the second black Walnut frame. I had made the blanks many years earlier at Susan’s house. The size of the frames was dictated by the random lengths of the valuable lumber. The second accommodated a canvass 14″ x 11″. I took the frame with me to the Elbe and passed it on to Kim–She is now waiting only for the painting to put in it. Here it is:

(Click on it  (twice) for detail)

Watercolour, 14" x 11" on 300lb Arches paper

“Dorothy and  Kim”, Watercolour, 14″ x 11″ on 300lb Arches paper

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