092718: Paris Revisited

I recently donated a print of the above image to a charity auction to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center (a most worthy cause, to my mind). The image, a favorite of mine, was taken on an upper floor of the d’Orsay Museum in Paris.

Digging up that print got me thinking about my other Paris images and that led to a pleasant afternoon rediscovering that photo library. Here is some of what particularly caught my eye. Above is another from the d’Orsay.

Louvre Window Study

Sortie (Exit)

Windows, Gare d’Austerlitz

Grand Palais



Staircase, Museum of Comparative Anatomy



Louvre Entrance


Book Stalls on the Seine

I’ll finish today with this picture postcard image of the Seine as it passes through the heart of the city.

I hope you enjoyed the visit.

Colorless Again

_MG_1857_01_LR_BW_12Before we dropped off into this latest deep freeze I managed to take some pictures of my favorite cephalopods in what is ordinarily a dry stream bed. The brief thaw exposed them and the melting snow had the creek running. Seems like I’m staying in that colorless world that I wrote about last week.


But before I explore that I’d like to tell you about an opening set for Saturday the 26th (tomorrow) at the GCCA Gallery on Main Street in Catskill. Entitled Visitors, Visitations, Visions, the show will display the works of 21 Hudson Valley artists including the following three of my own.

IMG_5502_01b_LR_10The Lost Boys


IMG_4068_01c_LR_10Enlightenment 1


IMG_4069_01e_LR_10Enlightenment 2


And in the upstairs gallery my good friend friend and wonderful painter Elin Menzies will have her work hanging as part of a two person show entitled Animal, Myth, Magic. the opening for both shows will be an early one – 2PM until 5 PM.

ElinElin Menzies, Crow and Crowboy Admire the Giant Poppy


So here I am stuck in that colorless world again. What I have assembled this week is a mix of images from my library that I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with. As you will see, they cover a range of subjects. Their obvious commonality is the lack of color. Are details and patterns more recognizable? Is there a greater purity to gray scale – no distractions? I don’t really have a position on that old argument about color versus black and white. A strong image is about content, composition, contrasting tonality, and a host of other considerations with color only being one. In this digital age, the image may suggest its fate.


IMG_7688_01_LR_12Eiffel Tower from the Trocodero


_MG_1128_01_LR_12The Louvre


_MG_0681_01BW_LR_10The Pantheon


_MG_0640_01_LR_12Jardin des Plantes


_MG_0115_01_LR_10Place des Vosges, Paris


IMG_7348_01BW_LR_10Saint-Eustache Organ, Paris


_MG_0639_01_LR_10Paris Alley


IMG_8934_01a_LR_10Route 32, Saugerties, NY


IMG_8224_02_LR_12Snowy Landscape





IMG_5698_01BW_LR_10Jack & Jill

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New Year – New Work

IMG_7810_2b_LR_12A new year begins so it is only appropriate that I begin 2013’s posts with some new and fresh work. I do not know what these two pieces portend, but that’s the idea, isn’t it? The fun and the beauty of the creative process, in fact the imperative of the creative process, is exploration. Like everything else, it’s more about the journey than the endpoint. The above image, thanks to the repetitive geometries, remind me of the early formalist Cubist work of George Braquebraque_femme-lisant_land the magical sculptural efforts of Futurist Umberto Boccione.2966152858_bf52d07979The second new work, below, is part of my ongoing exploration of the local fossils and my attempts to incorporate them into other new found contexts. We’ll see how it goes as I move forward.


It seems that I have not yet exhausted my library of images from the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy in Paris. I simply couldn’t resist the “Cabinets of Curiosity” that ringed the exhibition spaces. In these particular views (things that I’ve never seen before), animal organs preserved in large jars were so arresting that I couldn’t resist spending time with them. Did I step onto the Island of Dr. Moreau or a bad episode of Futurama?!images

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Of course I had to include some more fossils from that visit, as well as one horse skull.IMG_7584_01a_LR_10A Eurypterid, the official fossil of New York State.IMG_7515_01_LR_12 And two more crinoidsIMG_7480_01_LR_10


I’ll finish today with a few more images from Paris:IMG_7303_01_LR_10Shop windows in the MontmartreIMG_7302_01_LR_10…park structure on the Ile de la Cite_MG_1068_01_LR_12…The Church of Saint-Eustache_MG_0294_01_LR_12…and, finally, early morning on the Seine.

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