Monday, January 3, 2011
A Little Art, A Little Woe
Greens away from finishing Summer Woods, I've been hunting for the best fall companion for my Four Seasons series. I've found four fall sketches to choose from plus the top photograph. The blue in the photo is how the scene photographed--and I like the gray tree structures with light highlights--a change from the dark structures in the other two paintings. I have to beef up the golds, tans and reds and gray down the blue. I definitely have to get rid of the green bush in the lower right corner. I thought I would rough in the canvas this week. Of the sketches I like the strength of the one on the left, top line. Line is what intrigues me the most--as you can see in the "The Buck Stopped Here" photo in the right column. It's the designer in me.
I had some bad news yesterday: our favorite restaurant in Cancun is really history. My son had told me so on Sunday, but I couldn't believe it. It was such a money-maker. It was the place to eat. It was in the New York Times. I checked it out on line. And sure enough La Dolci Vita is "temporarily closed." I'm devastated. There's nothing temporary about it. Some new owner is opening up a new spot called Spavio's--with a new venue. I liked the old. That's where I wanted to go for my birthday for the Francesca salad, the lobster ravioli and Mexican wine. In 2008, Honey eating on the balcony was one of the few pictures I took. Why is it that our favorite things fade away?
Off the top of my head I have lost: Fabergé Tigress Cologne; Paco Rabanne Calandra Cologne; Estee Lauder Blue Flame nail polish; the Cadillac Seville; Dutch Twin cookies--and Hydrox cookies; The Bijou, another dining experience; Kroger's Easy Peel Shrimp, 21 to 25 in a bag for nine bucks; straight leg jeans that come to the waist; and if I sit here long enough, the list would grow. Nothing mentioned is that dire to life, but they were pleasures that I enjoyed and made life fun. What have you lost?