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If your library has “Drawing from the City” by Tejubehan, you may find this slim book intriguing. Only 3,000 copies were printed (and you might also want to read about the publisher, Tara Books.)

Tejubehan is intrigued by the idea of women moving freely through the world, and so her work is full of women driving, taking trains, flying…even parachuting, as on the cover. In her own life, she largely moved on foot, traveling through India with her husband, a singer. They made their living by singing in the villages and towns.

Caste rules discouraged women from singing with their men, so she began to draw instead.

I’ve made several drawings copying bits of hers, and it’s harder than I thought it would be.


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Barca Negrero

Manuel Mendive (born 1944) is one of the leading Afro-Cuban artists to emerge from the revolutionary period, and is considered by many to be the most important Cuban artist living today, says Wikipedia.

This work is so beautiful that I did not immediately recognize the painful subject matter.


The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana should be on your itinerary if you go to Cuba. From the outside, a great, gray pile; but full of beautifully displayed art from the colonial period through last week.

Also full of interesting art is The Cuban Art Factory, which also looks like a great grey pile … but not in the same sense!

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I’m going to postpone buying another color printer and just add a scanner to our technology arsenal. We’ll see how satisfactory that is. Maybe I don’t need a color printer.

While I await the scanner, I’ll share an image from the kaleidoscope function of an app I discovered on my iPad, Photobooth. I think you can see the appeal.


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A piece that starts out as a way to use up the off cuts on your desk often takes on a life of its own. Often, one scrap is the catalyst, in this case, the fragment in the upper right [make that “left”] that is just barely legible as the word “each.”

Seen up close (yes, click on it!), the perky word “other” in rub-on transfer type is full of little cracks and other flaws. It’s a very old set of rub-ons.

Not every card that uses text has a meaning to me beyond the momentarily whimsical, but this one does: “Pay attention to each Other as you encounter him or her.” And “don’t expect perfection from each other.”

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Still life


The storms are not affecting my packing-up-house in any way, and I have reached the point where I can say “almost finished” without crossing my fingers behind my back. Son and husband have a plan to watch football together then take down the TV, computer, and cable connections. I’ve gotten OK with the idea of discarding perfectly good condiments, so ….

Time for an uplifting still life. The background comes from a liquor carton insert, and the dried rose was a gift from a friend a summer ago. It still retains its lovely scent.

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Overheard ..

… at the Bach Festival yesterday, as I sought my seat: “I don’t know why I thought it was today.” Totally ordinary or profoundly mystical?

I am going to practice lettering, and you will see those words again.

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice … I am still studying lettering, and I do love a dip pen, a nice chunky bamboo one, but I don’t claim much for this piece aesthetically. It’s “just” practice.
The brightness and contrast have been tweaked digitally. I can see that I would have liked the original better if it had been more vivid.

The quote is from Walter Mosley’s recent detective story “And Sometimes I Wonder About You:” I was looking at the closed door, thinking that all things are possible in life, but some possibilities are more likely than others. You can take it existentially, but in the story, the hero is standing at a literal door, with a bad feeling about what lies behind it and a compelling need to open it. So it works both ways.

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