Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wednesday sketching

wednesday mornings in battery park city
are for landscape.
this willow doesn't look willowy
but then the gardeners in battery park city
trim them before they have a chance to
sweep the ground. as they should.

afternoons are figure drawing:
10 one minute sketches, 5 twos
and then i continue to do quick
sketches while everyone else is
doing 5, 10 and 20 minute poses.
so sue me.

i enjoy doing quick gesture drawings.

Friday, June 24, 2011

the frick collection

resolved: i will return to
the Frick frequently
just to look at this painting

the arch of constantine and the forum, rome
jean-baptiste-camille corot 1843

'In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert'
sheds new light on the extraordinary painting - always a favorite
at the Frick - after technical examination by a team of specialists
ten blocks north at the Metropolitan Museum. the special display
is up until august 28 when the painting will presumably return to
it's customary place in the collection.

the website has a superb multimedia presentation that
allows for really close examination.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

life drawing: eva

of all the models we have downtown
eva is by far my favorite.
her poses are always extreme -
the woman can stand like a contorted flamingo
for ten minutes...
she totally rocks.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

the lure of craft

it's a good day at a crafts fair
when i discover a new artisan.
today i discovered two -
an excellent day indeed.

it was a delightful surprise to find
the booth of fiona de jardin a lampworker,
among the more familiar offerings at lincoln center.

she's taken classes with some
of my bead idols - caitlin hyde
and kristina logan - but her style
is her own and her sense of color and design is gorgeous.

makes me long for the flame...

i tend to scan and quickly bypass the jewelry
booths. in no universe could i be said to 'need'
more jewelry. coupled with the price of
precious metals these days i try not to covet
what i don't need. the booth of jennifer walsh
lured me in with exquisite stones in beautiful, simple
settings. i was prepared to merely admire but this ring -
(the photo doesn't do it justice)
its east-west setting and calligraphic lines in picasso jasper -
seemed to feel it belonged on my second finger.

i'm sorry i didn't photograph more of the work of these two
artisans and hope to see them again at other fairs.
you can check out their work by clicking their names above.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

sketching nature

i had to skip the life drawing class
yesterday afternoon at battery park city
but i went in the morning for
nature sketching: trees and
willow branches

Monday, June 13, 2011


my friend the artist margaret wozniak
is once again showing her work at the
lincoln center crafts fair. her booth
is just behind the guy playing the violin
(or the cd's of himself playing the violin)
on the south side of the plaza. she'll be there next saturday and
sunday june 18 and 19. her work is exquisite.
if you go say hi for me. if you can't go check out her website
and her etsy page

Sunday, June 12, 2011

fragments ...

...of a week

Saturday, June 11, 2011

life intrudes...

...and the internet takes a back seat.

if you've been here before you know that i don't often overtly interject my personal life, preferring to allow my photographs and wanderings to speak for me. now, though i feel the need to share a bit - forgive me if it's tmi...

my mom, who turned 97 two weeks ago, was just diagnosed with wet macular degeneration in one eye - the other is blurry from cataracts which will be operated when this situation stabilizes. reading is her passion, her pastime, her retreat and not being able to read her beloved New Yorker magazine is depressing beyond even the treatment which involves a shot in the eye to deliver medication. she's a total technophobe but my latest idea is to introduce her to the idea of the newest nook - you can enlarge the type and you can subscribe to the New Yorker. but this is a woman, though strong of intellect, who has never used an atm machine much less a computer. wish me luck.

i guess that's the gist of this post: wish us luck. i'm an only child and my mom stubbornly still lives on her own.

comments appreciated, empathy even more.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


the challenge for june over at
jillsy's blog is water, hence these refreshing
entries, shot downtown yesterday

(that is the statue of liberty al the way at the left)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

sketching in august in may

it was a hot summer day today.
sticky, humid,oppressive.
as only august can be. or not.
still there was a good turnout
(and a good model)to sketch
in battery park city.

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