Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flirting With The "Green Fairy"

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Absinthe At Last!

I finally removed the red wax seal and used a manual corkscrew to remove the cork. No special absinthe glass, so I made do with a small cordial glass and diluted the 120 proof absinthe with 5 to 1 icewater, and it turned that milky white. Either I didn't drink enough, or diluted it too much. None of that "clarity" mentioned in the YouTube video, but I did fall asleep while watching an interesting Netflix DVD, "Lovely Bones." I was expecting artistic inspiration, but all I did was print out some of the photos I took on Thanksgiving. In fact, I found a digital ala Jackson Pollock I did some time ago, no Absinthe involved. What was I on that day? Probably too much sugar!
Abstract absent Absinthe

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Absinthe Makes the Heart.........

After seeing this "CHOW" video, I decided to invest in a bottle of St. George Absinthe Verte. Opening the bottle was a challenge. It comes corked, with a red wax seal. With the glass "lip" I had to use a manual corkscrew. That first whiff when I popped the cork was very nice. I didn't have a proper Absinthe glass, but I used a small wine glass, and approximately 5 oz. icewater to 1 oz. absinthe. Well, I didn't feel particularly "clear" or "creative," but I did fall asleep while watching an interesting Netflix movie. That's not quite the effect I was anticipating. Perhaps a second drink or a lesser dilution...but since this stuff is 120 proof, I'm not sure I want to try it.

I did have fun googling Absinthe paraphernalia and there are some beautiful water fountains, glasses and posters...all very expensive. I will definitely not buy any of them.

I did take photos which I'll post later. Who knows..perhaps the "Green Fairy" did encourage some creativity after all.


Thanksgiving in Bloom!

Apparently this little rosebush in my sister's garden didn't know that it was Thanksgiving Day, the end of November, and past the rose-blooming season!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

All You Need Is Love!

Scott Kelby Photowalk NYC 7-18-09

"Imagine" - John Lennon Memorial in Central Park

Got an e-mail about the PBS Channel 13 show 9:00 pm, Monday, November 22nd, and it reminded me of this photo I took in Central Park, July 2009

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.

I Luv NY!

Brilliant Stop Motion that captures the places, people & beauty & energy of New York City!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jackson Pollock & MOMA

Quote of the Month:


—Jackson Pollock

A good quote to use when taking visitors through the contemporary galleries at the Newark Museum.

I must get to MOMA for the Abstract Expressionists Show sometime this month.

If only I had enough clear floor space somewhere, I'd love to fling around some paint!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dead Leaf Series



As I walked along the street yesterday afternoon the last of the Autumn leaves were swirling on the ground and in my face...it was quite a windy day. I picked an assorted bunch and then late that evening, had fun playing with them and the little P&S Fuji camera.

I used a pop-up of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Calif., as a backdrop and perhaps I'll turn out a series using my own photos of Gehry buildings. Another thing for the "To Do" list!

Thanksgiving Past


A bounteous Thanksgiving at Vicki & Marty's home - 2007. Yes, somewhere among all those "side dishes" there is a platter of sliced turkey.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Going Out in a Fiery Blaze!


A beautiful Japanese Maple - Scarsdale, NY
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Friday, November 05, 2010

Me and Tina

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Actually it's a red fox headband I got in Montreal many years ago on a trip with three NYC clothing designers! It was a most interesting experience.

I was getting out a poncho to wear tonight and this was in the bottom of the garment bag...just feeling silly. I probably should have done this for Halloween.

Now I know why people love Photoshop...and I think I'd better learn how to use it. You can wipe away a lot of wrinkles, crinkles & under-eye bags! OK...Learn Photoshop gets added to the To Do List.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Advice from an Artist

The refrigerator magnet says it all! Its based on a 68x58-inch acrylic painting by John Baldessari. When he gives advice, he wants to make sure you can read it!

Afternoon Light

Afternoon Light
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French Decorative Arts Room at the Metropolitan Museum. Tea anyone?
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