• Upcoming trips

    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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.



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




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