Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

Special focus on the Visual Arts (or when I am being extra artsy with the camera)

SUN GLARE, 46th Street, Early February

  Specifically February 4, 8am, on 46th street between 7th and 6th avenues.     Do you too see animal faces in the steam?  A boar, a schnauzer, a fox?       … or maybe Fuchur AKA Falkor the … Continue reading

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TELL TALE CAMERA TEST

Yesterday I met my Director of Photography Jason Chua at the film equipment rental place to do some camera tests in preparation for our upcoming “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” film shoot.   For me that mostly meant standing … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – A Stroll Through the Gilded Chateau

Take a walk with me inside the opulent grandeur of Luis XIV’s showcase We approach the palace, or chateau, from the municipality of Versailles. An equestrian statue of Louis XIV greets the tourists at the first gate:     This … Continue reading

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OOO! LOOK AT THE LIGHT!

Pics with a Touch of Light plus a complimentary light-hearted music quiz   Light Music Query #1: Which musical features this dance into the light? (as ever, the answers are tucked into the tabs below)   Above, my gym’s basement … Continue reading

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A HIGH-FLYING MUSIC QUIZ – while in sunset dappled skies

  It’s time for another Notes from a Composer musical quiz! All musical tracks and/or musical quiz queries will be somehow related to air travel, to tie in to these shots I took out the cabin window of our sunset … Continue reading

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6TH AVENUE, MIDTOWN, DECEMBER

  I think my phone’s camera has astigmatism. The way artificial light gets smeared, blurring the images, especially at night. Reminds me of why I need glasses at the movies and theater under stage lighting.     And last night … Continue reading

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MARK TWAIN NEVER GOT TO THE LOUVRE (but I did)

  A trip to the magnificent Louvre museum with Mark Twain.  Well actually Mark Twain himself never got there, but he wrote about not getting there in “The Innocents Abroad”, and that satirical anecdote about what happens to unwary, blustery … Continue reading

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EXITING ETERNITY’S GATE

  Ed and I had just seen Julian Schnabel’s movie about Vincent Van Gogh, “At Eternity’s Gate”, and were exiting one of the more tucked away screening rooms at the Landmark 57 multiplex, which required walking down a long, narrow, … Continue reading

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SENSUAL RODIN

We start with a famous thought.  We end with a famous kiss.   Rodin’s Thinker greats you in the courtyard of the Rodin House in Paris.  And so he will be the introduction to this post of some of Rodin’s … Continue reading

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JON BUNGE’S SHAPES AND SHADOWS

  The other weekend artist Jon Bunge opened his studio up to the public as part of the Gowanus Open Studios 2018.     I’ve known Jon for many years.  His work was always abstract.  The black and white pictures … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – Reflections in the Hall of Mirrors

  Paris provided a wealth of imagery and perspectives for me to share – it’ll probably take me a year to process it all in blog post sized bits (here the first one two three four five posts). Why, alone the long … Continue reading

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TELL TALE OMENS

  What is this about? Have I decided to add cartoonist to my jack-of-the-arts-box?     No.  I am quite aware that my drawing skills are more on the feeble side. These sketches are for practical reasons, which however are … Continue reading

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Sensual Statues of the Musée D’Orsay

Tensions of the world making you anxious? Here is much soothing, sculptural sensuality but also some less comforting, chiseled objectification Continuing my fascination with sensual statuary in Paris, the greatest concentration of such aesthetically, artistically, and, let’s admit it, amorously … Continue reading

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Sensual Statues in the Streets of Paris

Nude statues are all over Paris. I don’t know if statistically there are more nude statues there than in other European cultural capitals, or if the nude statues of Paris are particularly more sensual than elsewhere, or if it is … Continue reading

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MONA LISA & ME

Yep that’s me.  And that’s the Mona Lisa.  And this is a little tale of how I spent some time with her. It starts with a trip to Paris.  And a whole day set aside for the Louvre, the immense … Continue reading

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FALLING INTO JACKSON POLLOCK

This Sunday I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and found myself in front of their monumental Jackson Pollock “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”.  And once again I had that hallucinogenic experience I often have in front of Jackson Pollock’s … Continue reading

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