Monday, December 30, 2013


My first run in weeks.
The afternoon sun in my eyes.
Shadows long and dark.
The lightest light, the darkest dark.
The makings of a painting.

Chiaroscuro - the use of strong contrasts between light and dark

Georges de La Tour uses chiaroscuro in this portrait.
The Choirboy by Georges de La Tour c1645
Oil on canvas 66.7 x 50.2 cm
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Leicester Arts and Museum Service
image from here

Louise Kittel uses chiaroscuro in this still life.
Proud Pitcher with Pears by Louise Kittel
image from here
Louise Kittel introduced me to oil painting. Her constant admonishment, "get to the lightest light and the darkest darks".  

Igor Kraguljac uses chiaroscuro in his is 2008 Master Thesis: The Implementation of Chiaroscuro in Photography and Cinematography (Thesis here)

Photo by Igor Kraguljac from here

Emotions during the holidays can be akin to chiaroscuro. Our hearts may fill with extreme joy or drop to devastating sadness. 
The end of my run.
Late afternoon sun highlights the bay front.
My wishes for you in the New Year.
Be kind to yourself.
Admire our beautiful world.
Tell a loved one that they are loved.
All the best,
Thank you so much for all of your support this past year!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sag Harbor Snow

Saturday was one of those sing Christmas carols in the car while running errands sorts of days. A light snow falling, tips of trees edged in snow. Sag Harbor in its Holiday finery. A lovely sight to see.
The American Hotel with pine bough and red ribbon.
Snow was just starting to coat the roof tops.
A woman with her son and dog kept stopping to take photos.
I felt like asking if they'd pose for me too.
A stop inside Sean to browse and warm up.
The manager of Sean is Vincent Brandi.
I have written before about his artwork here.
Vincent is both artist and retailer.
Today the shop had offerings from both categories.
It was wonderful to say hello and see his work.
Vincent's painting studio is being downsized.
There is a sale on at Sean.
Grab… and go…
MONC XIII is named for owner Natasha Esch's family
The back shed at Bloom looks like a fairy tale cottage.
So much more to see.
Until next time...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Expect the Unexpected

Three boys in green elf suits standing out front of the Southampton Center were my clue. A Christmas Market was on. Go in? Oh yeah.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a series of glorious gilded Venetian paintings hanging in the Southampton Center. Completely unexpected.
The Angel Gabriel Angel Annunciate 
The paintings are a beautiful. How did they get here? Thomas Moran brought back a gondola from Venice, perhaps paintings of angels and Madonnas were a must buy souvenir for the wealthy tourist of the time.
Antonio Vivarini was one of the first to utilize Renaissance style.
Perhaps the Parrish Museum inherited some "lesser" Venetian paintings.  Paintings without  provenance, possible clever reproductions? A Christmas market would be a great place to display them. They looked good to me! A happy discovery. Who knew?
"After Boticcelli"
The paintings create a lovely backdrop. 
I do need to find out the rest of their story.
Goods created by local entrepreneurs.
Tanya Tracy of Tanya Tracy Gourmet Home Cooking had a table full of gorgeous baked goods. I bought a couple of jars of chutney. A spoonful of the rum raisin on my vanilla ice-cream later that night was delicious!
Art by John Rist above the Friends of the Library table.
Flying fish sculpture by John Rist

At the very back of the gallery another surprise.
More paintings by local artists.
I admired these two by M. Denise Le Brun
Ice Boats on Hallock Bay
M. Denise Le Brun
Old Field / East End Barn
M. Denise Le Brun
The market runs Fridays through Sundays in December.
Expect the unexpected this holiday season
You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Marders Open House 2013

Marders annual open house always inspires.
Wreaths and pine boughs are on display outside.
A heated tent shelters fragrant narcissus, terrariums and guests from the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. Is this Blossom the Possum? A sweet volunteer gently held a possum for children to pet.
Across the tent, owls, a mallard and this red-tailed hawk .
The Rescue Center visits Marders often.
Check Marders events calendar.
Inside Marders garden shop - an extraordinary display.
I can't stop looking up.
Giant lit spheres fill the rafters.
A rainbow of preserved botanicals overhead.
Beautiful arrangements below.
Looking up again, a figure in the trees. 
A gown of flowers, a crown of horns, a hen in her arms.
Musicians serenading from above.
Below flora and fauna gift ideas.
Marders offers Cire Trudon candles.
Cire Trudon originated as a wax merchant in 1643. Their candles lit the palace of Louis XIV in 1687 and lit Versailles again during the filming of Sophia Coppola's 2006 Marie Antoinette.
A mandarin duck.
Various winged creatures are everywhere you look.
Above, beautiful glittering mistletoe.
A winged being presides over a bee themed display.
Beautiful bee ornament.
Magnifying glasses highlight a table filled with books.
Delicious sweets provided by Laura Ferrara Catering and Events.
Each rose is a cup cake.
Clay garden pots turned into lamps.
Outside, a gallant gentleman in flashing antlers is ready to assist….
...when you ask to bring this wreath home.
Or create your own wreath.
Marders will hold wreath making classes on December 8th and 15th.