Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sag Harborfrost

Sag Harbor's Harborfrost festival began with a Polar bear plunge.
The Polar bear plunge raises funds for the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps. They were standing by, just in case.
Harbor frost began in 2010 as a remedy for cabin fever.
A dad with his three daughters: Elsa, Anna, Elsa
Ice Sculpting
So many fun things to do.
Excellent remedies for winter blues in the dead of winter.
Dead of Winter by Michael Kotasek
Watercolor 28" x 26"

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Surreal Kingdom

"Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery,  far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life."
The Surrealist artists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination.. via
Far from the Tree by Samy Charnine
oil on canvas 36" x 48" image via
Metamorphosis by Vladimir Kush
There Once Was and There Once Was Not by Margo Selski
Oil and Beeswax on Canvas 40" x 30" 
I met my sister in Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon. It may have been the lack of sleep (2:45 wake-up for a 5:00 a.m. start) but the day felt like a surrealist dream. The runners all in costume, from tutus and sparkle skirts to favorite Disney characters. Every mile or so Disney characters assembled to meet the runners. We mostly gaped in awe, but did stop for the Fairy Godmother. I was teary eyed and my spirit soared as we approached Cinderella's Castle through the cheering Main Street crowd. The entire experience was surreal, from the iconic geosphere of Spaceship Earth to the eerie purple jellyfish at the Seas with Nemo exhibit. We absolutely had a magical day.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Wednesday Group at Ashawagh Hall

We visited The Wednesday Group's  show at Ashawagh Hall in the Springs last weekend. The first work that caught my eye was Aurelio Torres' painting, Indian Wells Net Fishing. Imagine, we travelled half way around the world to see net fisherman and I have yet to see net fisherman here in the Hamptons.
 Indian Wells Net Fishing by Aurelio Torres
Artist clubs have been a tradition in the Hamptons since the Tile Club. The Wednesday Group was founded in 2010 by a group of artists to support and inspire each other. I enjoyed seeing their work at Ashawagh Hall. This is just a sample.
Beach Hut by Gene Samuelson
Lunch anyone? by Gene Samuelson
Still Life by Pam Vossen
Starry Night Cat by Frank R. Sofo
Landscapes by Deb Palmer
Mashomack Preserve by Alyce Peifer
Alyce Peifer and her beautiful cloud studies.
Exhibiting Artists from the Wednesday Group included:
Frank R. Sofo also wrote and illustrated a series of books featuring the feline heroine Veronica and her adventures with historic artists.

Monday, February 15, 2016

February Freeze

Old Town Pond
Old Town Road
Gin Lane 
Flying Point
Town Pond East Hampton
Below freezing temperatures kept us mostly indoors this long weekend. The wind was whipping at Flying Point. I could see where winter storms had taken their toll on the shoreline. Blue sky, clouds and snow were a striking backdrop for Gin Lane mansions. 10 Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius), good weather for being indoors with a book. Children were skating on one side of East Hampton's town pond as swans enjoyed a sliver of water yet unfrozen on that same pond. We visited an art show in Springs. While chatting with a couple of the artists, Hugh offered up that we were artists too. They were so kind to share painting stories.  I had to laugh when one said,"Everyone out here is either an artist or a writer, Hollywood or Wall Street." An interesting mix, for sure.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Bling

The Gardiner Windmill is beautiful in the snow.
In East Hampton at Golden Eagle Artist Supply. Outside cool temperatures and hues, inside a warm rainbow of color. 
A case filled with heart adorned boxes draws the eye.
Bling Boxes by Michael Weisman
Artist Michael Weisman holding one of his creations.
Weisman depicts a Girl Group with jewels and paint.
I was fortunate to meet Artist Michael Weisman at Golden Eagle this weekend. His blinged-out beautiful work is scattered throughout the shop. I loved seeing his pop-infused portraits, cards and boxes. If you can't make it to East Hampton you can also find his work on Etsy. Perfect for Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sunset Sail

Last day in Cape Town: the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Ferris wheel at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Center.
Victoria Basin.
The Port of Cape Town is one of the busiest marinas in the world. It is a huge commercial shipping venue as well as an extensive pleasure boat anchorage. The icing on the cake of our visit was a sunset sail. Our catamaran was moored at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
So many beautiful boats.
Seriously.  Look at all of the masts!
Permission to come aboard Captain!
Leaving the harbor, numerous huge ships.
At the helm.
View back toward Cape Town and Table Mountain.
The wind in our sails.
Gorgeous anchorage at Clifton.
I looked into the sun. Who were the paddlers on boards?
Clifton Life Savers having a workout.
It seemed a beautiful dream.
As I blissfully enjoyed the ambiance and views....
The Clifton Life Savers were jumping off rocks into the sea.
Loving life.
Warming up the shipboard braii (BBQ). So spoiled.
We passed a pirate boat for charter also on a sunset sail.
As the sun set we headed for port.
It was such a beautiful night and a perfect conclusion to the vacation of a lifetime. Thank you SO much Sean, Jill, Scott, Lindsay, James and Kieron. Without you we would never have discovered Cape Town's amazing beauty. Spending time with you was completely off-the-charts wonderful. Miss you already. Love xox