Category Archives: history

New Orleans Gumbo Report

On Magazine Street over margaritas and sherry-soaked scallop tacos, a New Orleans friend put it this way: “we are drinking people with a parading problem”. He was talking about his relatively local wheelbarrow parade, but he might have meant the … Continue reading

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Friday Figures- Don’t Look Back

Off to a new adventure- four days in New Orleans. On a mission to see tiny courtyard gardens behind wrought iron gates, to wander crowded, noisy streets to the tune of horns, brass band or auto. Looking for the odd … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little Skyscraper on the Prairie

Frank Lloyd Wright was not an overly superstitious architect, for there is a 13th floor in his Price Tower masterpiece. Wright’s only skyscraper was commissioned in the mid-1950s by the H.C. Price Company in Bartlesville. Their corporate headquarters until 1981, … Continue reading

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The Best of 2011, A Motmot’s View

1) Best Rediscovered Antique Food: Apples and Cider. If there’s a characteristic product of New England, it’s not maple syrup, it’s apples and cider. In drawing the ruins of cider mills, I obsess over apples,  modes of milling them for … Continue reading

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The Artist Emerges

After many months, I just looked up and realized just how late it’s gotten- while I was busy, the forest changed from a symphony of green to an arboreal fiesta of reds and yellows. People are stuffed into coats and … Continue reading

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Drawing at the Edge of History

Oh the chimney’s fallen down and the roof’s all caved in Lettin’ in the sunshine and the rain And the only friend I’ve got now is that good old dog of mine And the little old log cabin in the … Continue reading

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Birds and Boulders: new drawings

I’ve been hearing complaints that this hasn’t been a great migrant year (unless you happened to be in Central Park this spring- they had a splendid run) but to my  eyes, it’s been glorious. An hour each morning with binoculars … Continue reading

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