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    February 26. Saw concert versions of two my favourite Puccini operas at the MSM: La Rondine (Act I) and Gianni Schicchi. Both made the very most of the small stage and were cleverly directed by Kenneth Merrill from the side of the auditorium. The young cast had an hilarious time putting on the show – and so did  we!

    March 2. Saw “Twelve Angry Women”, a play on the well-travelled jury deliberations theme, at the Producers Club. It is fast moving, ding-dong exchange of ideas with “whodunnit” detective analyses interspersed. Sadly, only one of the twelves actresses really could project; the others could not, for the most part, be heard clearly enough for our old ears to pick up the nuances of the dialogue, even in the  Club’ s intimate auditorium.

    March 3.  Carnegie Hall hosted Edith Monaco in a solo piano recital on Sunday evening. She played a nice, but not too exciting,  programme  ending with Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an exhibition”. She seemed  totally concentrated on the accuracy of her playing and did not glance at, or turn the page of, the music in front of her.

    March 20. The MSM celebrated Pincus Zukerman’s 70th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his ‘Performance Program’. It was an extraordinary musical event: an awesome display of the incredible young talent that the Master and the MSM have nurtured.

    Of the solo violinists performing, the most exciting, for me, was  Jesus Reina who chose pieces by Paganini and played them in a manner reminiscent of Sarasate. But the highlight was Bach’s ‘Concerto for Two violins’; for the first movement, Mr. Zukerman led in his 12 year-old protégé, Nathan Gendler who played opposite the Master with the absolute confidence of an old hand who had begun his concerting at the age of six!

    For the second movement, Pincus Zukerman led in SoHyun Ko, a young lady of sixteen. She played her part with equal talent and confidence.

    The two youngsters played the third movement  by themselves (The Master staying off-stage while they wowed the sold-out audience!).

    The programme ended with Mr. Zukerman conducting the MSM Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak’s ‘Slavonic Dances’ and everybody (Orchestra and audience alike) singing him “Happy Birthday”!

     

     

     

     

     

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Painting – The “prop” table

Watercolour painting is an untidy pursuit; with familiarity, once-meticulously clean water jars, palettes and easel become cluttered with interesting items and pigments that one might want to include in a sketch one day, or, maybe, not.  This sketch is of my own current clutter and wish list: click on the image for detail:

The “prop” table

 

 

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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 . . . .

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)