Category Archives: Crone as art critic

Perfect Dinner Companions

” We never run out of conversation,” said John and looked adoringly across the table at his wife. “We’ve lived long enough to have a lot of stories.” “And we’ve lived long enough to tell each of them a number … Continue reading

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Playing at Watercolor painting.

My Tuesday night painting class finishes next week and I don’t know what I will do without it. It brings a joy that I don’t ever remember feeling in art class where the emphasis was all on faithful reproduction through … Continue reading

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Can you tell what it is yet?

I think I will become a conceptual artist, modeling myself on Sol LeWitt.  I got the idea at tonight’s watercolor class where the teacher talked about LeWitt and his wall drawings. The wall drawings, although the brain child of LeWitt, where … Continue reading

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Pastels at Dawn–and most other times of the day and night

Visitors to Northern Ireland this month should plan to visit Castle Espie in Co. Down where, in addition to the wild birds of the wetlands; a wonderful cafe (lasagne and chips/fries and no shortage of tray bakes); and a great shop, … Continue reading

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Have you no James Galway?

The rain started just about the same time as the show. Eighteen thousand people had been given free tickets. Only those of us who were related to someone involved in the production actually used them, turning out on a cold, … Continue reading

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You couldn’t dream it up

“I never had a rodent of any kind before” said the girl with the blue quiff ” and I always thought squirrels would be stand offish” . Reasonable assumption: after all, rats can be very remote, and hamsters are notoriously … Continue reading

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Start Up That Trades in Surprises and Smiles

I write in praise of Umbabox, a DC area startup company which takes you back to a time when you looked forwarded to seeing the mailman. Each month, for a small subscription, Umbabox will send you a present–a box filled … Continue reading

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Clean Pot, Dirty Pot: The Joy of Painting

I don’t care how dismissive my family is ( sister re last week’s efforts:”Oh Dear!”  Father on the same subject: “You’re very abstract” in a tone that suggested this was not a plus) watercolor painting is my new hobby. It’s highly … Continue reading

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Beautiful, strong, proud and black

I wish I could commission Kehinde Wiley to paint a portrait of my son. It is not until you see one of Wiley’s paintings that you realize that you almost never see portraits of young black men. Photos yes—either in gritty … Continue reading

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Shielded from the sordid perils of actual existence

There are people in my family who are regularly praised for their artistic talent, and I am not one of them. Nonetheless, I am very pleased with my efforts in watercolor class and found that, absent the involvement of brush-wielding blood relatives, … Continue reading

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