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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Greetings from the Big Apple

Where to begin?  With an apology to all those who have been asking after me!  I am alive although you would never know it to judge by the activity on this blog.  Since late January I have been deeply involved in two large science projects and, in whatever spare time was left, was readying my house to put it on the market.  It is now for sale and at the first open house many people apparently commented on the beautiful wallpaper -- Yay William Morris!  In June I am moving to Manhattan and am currently renovating an apartment on upper west side.  I think things are still going to be pretty busy over next 8 weeks as I get ready to move, pack up household, sell house, etc, but please keep checking in!  Lots of great travels coming up including transit through the Panama Canal in June, followed by visit to Amsterdam.  Back to Urbino, Italy, then Switzerland and Ireland in July.  And later in year I'll be spending a few months in India.  So lots of fodder for posts on art, craft, architecture, and neat stuff coming up!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Jackson Pollock's splatters really do look nicer than mine.  Make your own Pollock painting at  It's fun....a puzzle to figure out how it works, then more fun creating your masterpiece!

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)

"It is impossible to make a forgery of Jackson Pollock's work," Time magazine critic Robert Hughes claimed in 1982. It is a telling comment that gets to the heart of Pollock's authenticity as an artist." Lavender Mist about sums up his most ravishing, atmospheric painting....Pollock used the patterns caused by the separation and marbling of one enamel wet in another, the tiny black striations in the dusty pink, to produce an infinity of tones." 

---from the National Gallery of Art website

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody, Infinity Music Hall

What a combo!  A stunning renovation of an 1883 theater in northwest Connecticut, Infinity Music Hall, provides an incredible, intimate (300 people), and acoustically brilliant concert space within which to hear Al Di Meola, possibly the best jazz guitarist ever, play his new music "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody".  This followed a sumptious bistro meal served in the arty downstairs restaurant.  Love the horizontal bead-board everywhere.  I look forward to my next visit!

 (all pics from internet...didn't have my camera)

Go Al!

"The maestro is back and he is killing! Al D throws down beautiful nylon-string parts and blazing electric lines on this tango-riffic collection. The playing is spectacular throughout but tones, particularly on 'Paramour's Lullaby' and 'Full Frontal' are so cool they almost steal the show. Bravo!" – Guitar Player