20"x16", oil on panel. A quick (though large) sketch from our visit to the palazetto Cenci in Rome, home of the RISD program there. That's the director Ezio Genovesi talking things over in one of the studios with my husband, who knew him there many years ago.
One evening last week , just after watching the sun go down from the roof of our hotel in Boughrar- listening to the evening prayers, watching the storks fly into their nest nearby-I stood in the darkened stairwell of our hotel which afforded a view of the little market across the tiny street (the "hahn-oot"). These men were chatting there. It was a peaceful moment and good to be able to draw them, so close at hand, while they were at ease with themselves.
Sixth floor of the RISD Museum, looking from the elevator, through the lamplit galleries, toward the sunlit hallway. I love the way the glass display case captures the cool, bright daylight and makes it into a free-standing shape in the middle of the otherwise warm light of the room. That's the mummy case on the left with bit of a Chihuly Chandelier seen in the upper right of the case. 8"x10", oil on clayboard.
I dreamed last night I was lost in the dark, cold underground catacombs of Paris. The word "dank" is the right word. ... I was trying to find my way up and out and back to my fancy pink hotel but could not even remember its name. along the way I was taking photographs of other lost things--- animals, letters, and even some children. It was scary, but no more scary than being fully awake in this world, and almost as beautiful.
When I finally found my way above ground everything was very colorful and loud and I found an old lady watching a parade. I asked her how to get back to my hotel and she shrugged her shoulders, "I don't know, ma chère." And then she smiled and said, "I've been here, watching this parade, for a long time. And one thing I've learned, the wind will not tell you the way."
Two interiors from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC: admiring ancient carvings and, on the way to the Rose Center for Earth and Space, looking through, out and across the snow toward 81st St. . Both 8"x10", oil on panel.