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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

First Sunday at the Clark

The Clark
We took advantage of the "First Sunday at the Clark" again this past Sunday -- free admission on the first Sunday of the month, October through May.  Here are some of the masterpieces I focused on this week.  Pinch me... do I really live 15 miles from one of the great art museums of the world?

Sunrise in the Woods - George Inness, 1887
Self-Portrait - Renoir, c. 1875

Self-Portrait - Renoir,1899
The Print CollectorsHonorĂ© Daumier, c. 1860-63
The Artist's Gardener - Carulus-Duran, 1893

Man Reading - Attributed to Rembrant van Rijn, c. 1648

The Thinker - Auguste Rodin, modeled 1880, cast 1906

The Parisian Sphinx - Alfred Stevens, c. 1880

West Point, Prout's Neck - Winslow Homer, 1900

Portrait of a Man - Jan Gossaert, c. 1524

Portrait of a Man - Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, c. 1500-20

Friday, March 25, 2016

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of Art
Yesterday was a perfect, sunny day for a drive over the Petersburgh Pass to Williamstown.  The usual timing for sandwiches at Papa Charlie's Deli and then a walk over to the Williams College Museum of Art.  I subscribe to the Destination Williamstown feed, which had alerted me to a new exhibit I knew we'd enjoy -- Not Theories, but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer." That exhibit was terrific.  They asked that no photos be taken of it, but were okay with photographing the rest of the exhibits.

This museum is a hidden jewel.  No admission is charged, although donations are always welcome. It's not too small and not too big -- just right when you're getting the March stir-crazies.

Both Sides Now exhibit

As always, click on an image to enlarge it.

From the WCMA permanet holdings:

Her Past Record - ca. 1900, John George Brown

The Head and Right Hand of Michelangelo and a Subsidiary Study of  the Right Hand of Aristotle: Studies for the Apotheosis of Homer - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, ca. 1826-27

Bust of Abraham Lincoln - Sarah Fisher Ames, ca. 1864-66

It is my understanding that Republican Abraham Lincoln was not considered a bully, narcissist, misogynist, con artist, phony or fraud. His opponents never called him "Lying Abe Lincoln," and he never tweeted photos of his opponent's wife's GQ magazine spreads.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Taconic Lake Symphony

Our lake is singing this morning.  Once or twice a year, during extreme temperature fluctuation, the lake plays a symphony caused by the expansion and contraction of ice sheets.  This one, on February 19, 2016 is a beaut!

Put on the headphones and crank up the volume.....

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs

I have become a huge fan of farm-fresh soft-boiled eggs. There’s no competition on the health/taste scale. And they’re very accessible in this area.  There’s a stand on Rt. 22 in Petersburgh selling them (with a smile), at least 3 stands on Breese Hollow Rd. in Hoosick, another good one on Rt. 7 in Hoosick just east of the Creative Custom Woodcraft shop, one on Fox Hollow Road in Petersburgh, one on Babcock Lake Road near Route 7, and many more. 

One soft-boiled egg per day (no toast allowed!) has played a big part in my losing 30 pounds (and counting) since I retired in June.  I just gave each daughter “the equipment” to make them the way I do.  The key being a Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler that sells for less than $10 and is available on   However, I complemented all this with how I do it -- a major motion picture, The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs.  Roll it…

The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs (video)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Clark

The Clark
Last weekend, I got my periodic fix at The Clark, the amazing Clark museum in Williamstown.  I have to pinch myself every time I go.  I find it hard to believe I live in rural Grafton, NY and yet less than 15 miles from this world class art museum.  I never tire of the Winslow Homers, John Singer Sargents, George Inness's and Frederic Remingtons in the permanent collection.  And the special exhibits are always a joy.

If you haven't been there for a while, give yourself a treat.  And if you're on a tight budget, make it on the first Sunday of the month through May 1st since no admission will be charged.

One of my favorites: A Street in Venice - John Singer Sargent

Friends or Foes? - Frederic Remington

Autumn in Montclair - George Inness

Undertow - Winslow Homer

View from the inside of the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando Architects & Associates.