Tuesday, November 7, 2017

on the passing of Barbara Valianti

it wasn't supposed to go down like this.  we were supposed to be raising hell in the old age home.  we were supposed to be wise old crones together. instead she slipped away in the early hours yesterday.

I thought there was time,yet for us to laugh and finish our paintings.  i thought there would be time for a proper goodbye.

now there are no words for the hole in my heart.

rest peacefully, my friend...i know our paths will cross again.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Georgia O Keeffe; living modern

finally made it to the o'keeffe show at the brooklyn museum. i love stieglitz photographs of o'keeffe, but i love her paintings more. i would have preferred more painting,less photos.
speaking of photographs, i took a bunch of blurry pix at the exhibit .
the iconic hat         





an  early drawing



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 her shoes
some dresses



sculpture

some paintings












Tuesday, July 4, 2017

recent work

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still life


homage to klimt



water towers



collage featuring brancusi sculpture

Sunday, March 5, 2017

dreams of paris

i have this recurring dream: i finally make it to Paris but i can't get out of the hotel room  .the scenarios change each time...a different reason why i can't get out.

sometimes the doors and windows are locked.  i can see the iconic tower but i can't get to it. once the building was under terrorist 's control;once under government control.  often times its because i have no money and fear an encounter with the concierge . sometimes its just because of my daily living anxiety...how hard it is for me to just go outside.  those times i am alone,but occassionally i'm with someone who is preventing me from leaving the room.

always i am fully....achingly aware that i am only here for a short time which adds to the frustration and desperation to get out/ the time in paris won't last long and all i can do is gaze out the window and watch the city from inside.  how like life...so short...and still,i observe far more often than i participate.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

i've lived most of my life in boxes...big brick buildings;tall, square rooms.;heavily .barricaded from the outside world.....except for the glorious years in national city where i had an outside life with real earth under my feet and space to make art everyday. many   thanks to jeanne and quentin where ever they are.'

i've hidden my self in boxes, too.  Large and sharp edged, packed in layers of flesh as substantial as brick.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

christmas day 2016


libations!!'
yellowtail merlot and fireball whiskey. [ not together]


presents!!!

smiles!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

rain falls in my thoughts today...;
a rare reflection; not quite dark, 
but shrouded



Monday, August 15, 2016

book review; Understanding Exposure


Understanding Exposure, by Brian Peterson, is just what I needed to get a grip on understanding the many important things about exposure; typically called The Exposure Triangle (apeture, speed, and ISO).
The book is filled with good photographs that give examples of how a picture can change when these settings are changed.  That was a good teaching tool.
As a beginner, all this information can be a bit overwhelming, but with a lot of practice (i.e. picture taking), and this tool in my pocket, I'm sure my photography will improve little by little over the years.
There is a good section in the book that explains some special techniques, using polarizing filters and graduated neutral density filters. 
There is also a comprehensive section on using different types of flash in your photography.
I'm sure I will refer to this book many times, and am glad to have it among my reference books on photography.

For more information, click this link:  More Info
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

caroline's birthday extravaganza

some photos from caroline's birthday bash

annette and donna


donna and susan

donna, annette, charlie and basha

birthday girl, caroline

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

book review:Wonderland

9780399578465 (450×450)

This book,Wonderland;a coloring book inspired by alice's adventures,by Amily Shen is just beautiful. The illustrations are whimsical and great fun to color. the pages are bright and the perfect weight for use with markers as well as pencils. Even the dust jacket can be colored.

i can't say enough great things about this book.  my only criticism  is the omission of a major Wonderland character , the caterpillar.  Aside from that, Wonderland is a very fun coloring book.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books, for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

coney island paintings

 madam zola
acrylic on board
 old steeplechase
watercolor on paper
 cyclone
acrylic on canvas
 you must be this high to ride
mixed media on canvas
the old parachute jump
ink on paper