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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday This & That

Antonio Lambino Keeping Haiti on My Mind - find it at blogs.worldbank.org (published 2010-02-12)

Via Horses Think I became aware of:
Zoe Crosher
The Unraveling of Michelle Dubois
DCKT Contemporary
195 Bowery
Ground Floor
New York, NY
(exhibit closes tomorrow!)

Magda Biernat
Clic Gallery
424 Broome Street
Ground ZFloor
New York, NY
--through March 2, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Forest

Whistlejacket by George Stubbs - A Painter I Heart

This blog is a sort of diary. And even though I am a photographer by trade, I don't blog much about photography.
For a while that made me think that I was turning from the medium. And then the obvious became clear (sometimes you can't see the forest because of all the trees): I don't write much about photography because that is not where I draw from for my work.
As an undergrad and especially as a grad student one is constantly ask to write about one's photography. And if one is pursuing fine art photography one will be asked some more. I like to say as little as possible about my work. I hope that it can speak for itself and if you must have the back story, then this blog would be a good start.

Wedesday This & That

Oh the joy of steam heating and old plumbing :)

I like to drop of my vegetable scraps at the Farmer's Market with that nice European lady, but an alternative is to do the composting yourself. If you are interested or just want to read about this process one good resource is: www.nyc.gov.
I don' t want the responsibility of the worms. But I do think it is pretty cool and maybe at a later point I can give it a try.

Terry Richardson has a blog (well it is more like a flickr page, but it is worth checking in on nonetheless): www.terrysdiary.com.
My friend Jon Shireman also joint the blogging world: www.jonshireman.com/blog.
And Emily moved her blog to a new address: www.emilyshur.com/blog.

Also I read the following posts this morning while having my cup of tea. Neither article speaks about a situation I am in, however both gave me some ideas:

Nora Dunn's Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change your Life
Erica Douglass' Outsourcing Life: Unconventional Advice for When You’re Financially Secure.

That's all folks. I am in the middle of dealing with the consequences of a leak (see above) so I gotta run.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

And While We Are At It....Elizabeth I

Princess Elizabeth, c. 1546-7. Attr. to William Scrots.

Because I have been posting paintings of historical women, I figured I might include another: Queen Elizabeth I of England also known as the Virgin Queen.
The above is one of my favorite portraits of Elizabeth I. One of England's most well known Monarchs, the daughter of Henri VIII.
Period movies taking place during medieval times are not my thing, but I did like Shekar Kapur's Elizabeth because Cate Blanchett gave such a stunning performance.

Elizabeth's Coronation Portait

I read that the costumes in that movie were based on Elizabeth's coronation portrait , which is also a beautiful portrait - I love Elizabeth's long flowing red hair & alabaster complexion against the royal blue background, but this work feels more interpretive (as customary for a coronation portrait) than the one above. To me the first portrait gives us perhaps a better idea of what Elizabeth the person not the myth looked like. Below then is a(re) portrait(s) of Elizabeth in later years.
In 1562 Elizabeth supposedly fell ill with small pox which scarred her skin and also left her nearly bold. She then used make up and wigs to control her image, as we would say today.

Elizabeth I , "Darnley Portrait", c. 1575

Looking at Elizabeth, Christina and Nicole-Barb, makes one reflect on the plight of women through history. Christina and Elizabeth both rejected marriage and had no issue; Nicole-Barb remained unmarried after the early passing of her husband, with whom she had only one daughter.

Elizabeth I of England, the Armada Portrait, Woburn Abbey (George Gower, ca 1588)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Guilty Pleasures: Cookies & La Grande Dame

La Veuve and her grandaughter by Léon Cogniet

My friend Mere got me reading the biography of Barb-Nicole Posardin Clicquot otherwise known as the Veuve or Widow Clicquot (by Tilar J. Mazzeo). It is a fascinating story.
Veuve Clicquot is my favorite Champagne. I know not all people agree and I am not a true connoisseur. But I like how Veuve tastes, I like the crisp bubbles, I like the packaging (and the history/legend behind it) and most importantly - relatively speaking- Veuve does not break the bank (at least not if you purchase it at Astor Wines).

My other (guilty) pleasure comes courtesy of Insomnia Cookies. Brainchild of a couple of UPenn grads, Insomnia Cookies sell oven fresh warm cookies until 3 AM. See, I knew their was an advantage to living near NYU. My husband rightfully suggested that Insomnia Cookies add at least one wholesome/vegan cookie to the menu and I agree. But in the mean time the traditional chocolate chunk is really nice, especially hot out of the oven on a crisp New York winter night.
Visit www.insomniacookies.com for more info or to find a location near you.