Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Cohasset inlet: from the terrace

The edge of the terrace was a bounty of orange day lillies, blossoming astilbe spikes and then startling shrubberries tumbling over an older gardener's ornamental insight, down the seaside slope through a few great trees to a light blue band of sky and deep blue bits of Atlantic ocean, Cohasset Harbor inlet occaisional craft crossed, in, then outward, either side of the orange buoy

.............Several of us had painted into glancing late afternoon shadows, then we surprised ourselves with delicious contributions to our pot luck supper. The next day, Saturday, folks arrived and went back or to new motifs as high tide filled yesterday's tidal flats and climbed the ledges, soaking, submerging the bands of knotted kelp or egg wrack sea weeds on Saturday morning, after onsite picnic lunches, the motifs changed with the shift to afternoon light and shadows, and watching the changes as the tide is running out..... Some headed home, a few of us took a couple of hours to enjoy Cohasset Harbor restaurants and others just strolled about with clam shack carryouts.
Sunday morning high tide arrives and yesterday morning's waterline inches back up the rock faces and floods the lagoon again. The weekend sketches and paintings of two half day high and low tides were collected and everyone reviewed and packed up.

Monday, April 7, 2008

JAZZ: Patricia Adams

................... J.McK. knew I needed to get out. She and George invited me to join them at Sunday morning Jazz Brunch at Ryles. Patricia Adams had me listening to the wonder of her lyrics in a way..... "I hadn't since Nat 'King' Cole" was how I told it later. I did several quick ink line drawings on the cards I always carry around. The DIVA noticed my glances shifting between stage and my hand. I could have been a critic? I met Patricia because she came right over at the break to find out. She saw my drawings, asked, "Could I have them?" and before I could answer she turned and shouted into the rest of the room "Emmanuelle!". Hallelujahs!?? and an Amen? I didn't know what to expect next. The safest answer at the time was "No". "Just to show them to my art director. I'll bring them back". And I then found out Emmanuelle LeGal was her art director's name and she was sitting a several tables back. These did end up on her CD along with a later watercolor for the cover.

JAZZ: Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Kenny Werner

Wonderful surprises off those warm wooden walls in the Kresge auditorium at MIT. This trio of long time friends were the guests for this evening perfromance.

Werner has backed me up with his unerring video eye, and my early viewing let me marvel at the physical distancees across the stage and the in musical intimacy between them.