Thursday, July 29, 2010

more sketching

wednesday sketching in battery park city again

minute and two minute gesture drawings

twenty minute drawing


on tuesdays in bryant park
the arcadia bird sanctuary
a new jersey organization
that rescues abandoned, abused
and neglected birds,
brings several, of different species,
to bryant park.

this is isabella. she's a parrotlet.

children experiencing the feathery weight
of a small green life
in their hands
or on their heads for the first time
is a pure delight.

as is cozying up to a feisty african grey
(this picture doesn't do miles justice).

Monday, July 26, 2010


if only the merchandise at
was as good as their
advertising campaigns.

or this view
from outside the brand new,
very first
in manhattan

a pet bunny
in bryant park

seating in bryant park.
every few days they
remove the chairs
from the lawn.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

back to battery park city

it is the most perfect place
not just for morning...

after coffee,
a gluten-free bagel
shared with sparrows
and the times
i attended two drawing sessions.

i have been wanting to sketch again
and this was the perfect push.

free! materials provided!

nature drawing 11:30 to 1:30

'figure al fresco' 2:30 - 4:30

it was hot and humid but
thrilling to get my hands
dirty with charcoal.
not that these are good
but i'm proud of them.

i haven't drawn a figure in decades.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


i may have found the perfect place
to read the paper,
sip ice (iced?) coffee and
relax on these steamy summer mornings.

just west of
the world trade center site
on the hudson river
it's breezy,
the chairs are comfortable
and there's lots of shade.

yachts bob gently in the north cove
and the statue of liberty is
visible through the morning haze.

further down the esplanade
on the way to battery park
the landscaping is most un-city-like.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


the paris scenes from the tv trailer
seduced me. i wanted to be astonished.

i've been a fan of director christopher nolan since 'memento'
and was delighted with his reboot of the batman franchise

in a post 'lost' world, in the midst of
a set of record breaking heat waves i was prepared
to enter the darkened chill of the imax theater,
lean back, dip into the popcorn and love the
"film of the summer".

because, although i read nothing about it,
in media saturated 2010 word gets in and
i knew that inception was set to single handedly
resurrect the summer box office.

here be spoilers but not many:

i knew that it was
about entering other people's dreams.

i was prepared to love inception.
i loved aspects of inception.

the visuals are stunning in a literal sense.
they hit you where you're most vulnerable:
in the imagination. if, as the script tells us,
nothing is more viral than an idea,
the idea of the film - that one can enter
other people's dreams and steal
from them - is exquisite.

most of the effects are real, not added in post production
which makes them that much more delightful
and the performances more than live up to the effects.

it's the story that lets them down.

a film that aspires to, borrows from and alludes to
masterpieces including but not limited to
'2001 a space odyssey', 'the matrix' and 'blade runner'
wants to be a game changer. inception is a beautiful
movie with the kernel of an ingenious idea that is, at heart,
a caper movie about corporate espionage.

the best recent movie in that genre - a movie that
wasn't just about stealing a formula, is tony gilroy's
'duplicity' which, by not pretending to be more, was.
with humor.

inception lacks humor. the only deliberately amusing moment i
recall involves a line pretty much borrowed from crocodile dundee

i applaud the achievement of inception while
wishing it was more satisfying.
it's worth seeing for many reasons, not least
the poignant face of marion cotillard.

the set pieces are brilliant although the
james bondian snow segment
went on far too long.

oh my. i just realized that
it snowed in the dream i had last night...

Saturday, July 17, 2010


at the Modern...
exquisite. until october

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010


gibson girl mannequins,
american woman exhbition,
metropolitan museum

woman on ramp,
guggenheim museum

georg jensen sterling silver object,
madison avenue shop window: $14,800.

silver metal clay pendant
i made at snow farm: priceless

Friday, July 9, 2010

at the zoo

it was foolish to enter the tropics.

but for the parrots...

o, and the victorian crowned pigeons...

the penguin area was delightfully cool

but the cacophony of children
sent me scurrying. earplugs next time

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

still hot

left: doug + mike starn on the roof: big bambu, 2010 (shadow)
right: franz kline, untitled, 1952

ho hum.
yesterday it was 103 degrees.

i spent the day
at the Metropolitan Museum
looking at art and taking pictures.

left: will barnet, 20th century
right: bodhisattva manjushri, late 10th-early 12th century

left: pablo picasso, 1908
right: africa, 19th-20th century

left: matisse, tree, 1951
right: glass vessel, roman, 1st century a.d.

left: doug + mike starn on the roof: big bambu, 2010
right: willem dekooning, attic, 1949

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


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