Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paradiso kisses

As a boy, Salvatore spends all his free time at the local movie house.  During the films, he often hears the audience booing whenever there are missing segments,  a local priest has ordered anything romantic to be censored. The deleted scenes lay in a pile in the projection room.

Years later, Salvatore returns to his childhood home, and receives a reel from the widow of the former movie house projectionist. It contains all those censored scenes...mostly kisses.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A good soak

There are shower people
and there are bath people.

I've always enjoyed a good soak.

For me, the ultimate luxury is a
freestanding bathtub. Add a plaster vaulted ceiling,
 a French window and muted blue tiles and
you can call me gobsmacked!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thread of a story

Amazing yarn portraits by Daniel Kornrumpf

Monday, February 11, 2013

Yan Nascimbene

I was so sad to hear that Yan Nascimbene passed away this month.

Watercolor requires great precision and agility, but the delicate light and
refined layout of Yan's watercolor paintings made them truly magical.

Yan Nascimbene


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book in a box

Most of my books are in storage, but when we meet again I'll be open to 
purchasing a great bookcase like this one:

SJ Bookcase


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Life, with a soundtrack

Friday, February 8, 2013


Another reason to visit Venice, Italy:

3457 San Marco

Pigments for artists

I wonder, what is the price for a jar of cobalt blue?

Or a heaping spoonful of alizarin crimson?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Portrait of an artist

Portraits by Duane Michals

 Willem de Kooning

 Andy Warhol

Balthus and Setsuko

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kubrick at LACMA

I was in LA over the weekend and visited the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see
 the Caravaggio exhibition before it heads to the east coast.  Yep, amazing.

Afterwards, I viewed the Stanley Kubrick exhibition  and was surprised how 
extensive and interesting it was.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snow (Yuki)

Yuki is the Japanese word for snow. 

These Japanese illustrations of snow are especially delicate.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ilonka Karasz

Lovely New Yorker covers by Ilonka Karasz