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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Raccoon at the Picnic

Here’s a sketch inspired by a clip of a  pet raccoon Susan sent me – enlarge for detail :

 

A welcome, but uninvited, guest . . . .

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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:

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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