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    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    November 3rd. Saw the much acclaimed “The Nap” by Brian Bean. By coincidence, Christine and I watched the world snooker championship on the BBC while we were in London last May; the play is about an elaborate con pulled on the championships. Billed as a comedy, it has, in the cast, a transvestite Mrs. Malaprop. The actor/actress playing the part did not have the timing to make the most of the mis-pronounced humour. There was a very clever coordination between the real table on which the contestants played (one of whom was a real snooker champion) and the screen above  it showing the action. The con included a somewhat unconvincing fake execution which scuttled the comedy in my view.

    October 3. Attended a beautiful memorial to the late Robert Mann at the Manhattan School of Music. The highlight was  sandwiched  between Mozart and Faure – Robert Mann’s setting of The Swedish Match Girl. The story was narrated By his 96 -year-old widow, Lucy. The piano quartet included Nicholas Mann, Robert’s son.

     Ocober 8. Susan and went to the 92nd Street Y to see a pre-screening of the film “The Oath” followed by a question and answer period by the author/director and a well-known television personality. Susan was,  I think, impressed–it is an obvious Liberal political piece–I was put off by the gratuitous violence and expletive-heavy dialogue.

    October 9. Susan, Christine and I saw a most-marvelous production of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” at The Kaye Playhouse. The action was brilliantly played out by the actors in the pit of the theatre with the audience rising in tiers all around them.

    All the actors were superb, but Jay O. Sanders in the title role gave a commanding performance and the audience was spell-bound from beginning to end.

     

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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