Monday, May 29, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good afternoon from New York on a cloudy Memorial Day Monday.

I am sure that many families who've wished for better weather are hoping that the sun returns in time for a picnic or other outdoor plans.

Clouds outdoors give me a great opportunity for an overdue blog post, showing you all some city views from late May.



Even though yesterday was also a bit overcast, I went out for a long walk, passing by some of my favorite brownstone buildings on my way over to the neighborhood Sunday flea market and farmers market. It's always a pleasure to make note of the old houses' decorative details.

The photo below of 108 shows a building that has recently had some facade work done.  I rather like the entwined vine motifs, but wish that the seams between the panels had been better disguised.


The two houses in the following photograph have also recently had some loving care.  I'm glad that the moss wasn't all scraped off.  You can tell that this is a holiday weekend by the plastic-encased newspapers that have been left on the front steps.


I only bought some Cameo apples from the farmers market and did not find much of interest at the flea market.  I continued my walk along other avenues and discovered a rather lack luster street fair along many blocks of Broadway.  Lots of fried food, grilled meats, lemonade, and somewhat suspect linens, carpets, handbags and cosmetics.  The straw hat stands had possibilities, but would have been busier on a sunny afternoon.

During the past week, while not reading detective novels, knitting and keeping up with the breaking news from the President's foreign trip, I've also been continuing to post photographs of some of my old paintings over on Instagram.


After having these paintings all to myself for decades, it's been fun to have a quick way to share them with other eyes.  If you all would like to see them, just click Here.

Thank you all for your visits and comments.  I do apologize for my not having done much visiting myself.  I promise to have a major round of catching up very soon.  Ahh, looks like the sun might be trying to break through, so I might now go out for another walk.

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  1. Frances, I enjoyed your tour and especially your paintings. You definitely have your own style. I always plan on doing instagram but never get around to it. Loved your site there too. Have a good day.

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    1. Here's a Thing, Donna. I have just left you a comment! Thank you so very much for your kind words right here. xo

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  2. good evening from North Wales where it is pouring down.Unusually,we have not had any rain for weeks and the gardens are desperate for it.It has been a Bank Holiday here today but I don't think many ice creams will have been sold.We cannot complain because we have had some lovely weather recently.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Being retired allows me to feel every day is a holiday. Tomorrow just might be a perfect ice cream cone day! xo

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  3. Go walk in the sunshine. We've had a nice day, too, and I hope you enjoy more of it.

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    1. Joanne, after I finished this post, clouds quickly came back. Sun possible tomorrow. Hope so, also because this evening and tomorrow are sunsets known as ManhattanHenge when the sun will line up perfectly with the crosstown streets of NYC's grid. Fingers crossed! xo

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  4. More interesting photos. Like your 'china' paintings.

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    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate your visit and kind comment. Best wishes!

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  5. I have "clicked" and ..... wonderful !
    Our sky is somewhat overcast but the weather is hot and beautiful.
    I so enjoy your walks when you take up along. Hope the apples were very nice. They sound fun if an apple can be fun ?
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thank you, dear Parsnip, for your "click" and your kind words.
      What I particularly like about apple shopping at the farmers markets is that it's possible to find some unusual apples that aren't in the grocery stores, and the the market apples aren't giants.
      xo to you and the hamish

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  6. Thank you for the photos of the architectural details, what amazing craftsmanship. We've had some hot sunny weather which broke into muggy storms at the weekend and yesterday ... but after months of hardly any rain it was lovely to go for a walk through damp grass and get our hair damp too.
    I'm enjoying seeing your paintings ... they are beautifully observed and full of rich colours.

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    1. Dear Celia, as always, it's a pleasure to share some of New York. I try to never take for granted the wonderful details to be found on the old brownstones...they appeal to me so much more than most of the gleaming tall towers!
      Thank you very much for your kind words about my paintings. xo

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  7. I often wonder what part of New York you live in. Are you far from Columbia Univ for instance? This was the base of my stay for my visit 40 years ago until we moved into the apartment of a stranger we met in a bar opposite Columbia. The foolishness of the young! The area became familiar.
    I am enjoying your paintings on Instagram and enjoyed this post too.x

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    1. Dear Rachel, I am in the West 70s, not too far away from Lincoln Center...and comfortably close to Central Park. It has been fun sharing some of my paintings with more than my apartment walls! xo

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  8. Dear Frances, I love the way you share New York with us. Always interesting and I especially like that you incorporate architectural details. I have also enjoyed seeing your painted cups. Looking forward to seeing more.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina, for this comment. I've definitely been neglecting my blog since joining Instagram, but still enjoy the blog community very much.
      There are so many sights in New York that are on the scale not always seen in news accounts or even in films. That's the scale I try to convey. xo

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  9. I do love these paintings you have been sharing on Instagram these past few days Frances. I hope you enjoyed that walk!

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    1. Glad that you are liking the pictures I've been sharing, Gina.
      New York is a grand walking city. It takes 20 uptown/downtown blocks to equal a mile, so it's also a wonderful way to get some exercise. The crosstown (east/west) blocks are mostly much longer...and that's where the pretty old brownstones are. xo

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  10. Useful to know about blocks per mile measurements in New York. I did find stopping for all the crossings slowed us down quite a bit. I spotted one of your cup paintings on a rare visit to Instagram and thought how beautiful your mother's cup was with the gilding.
    Our Columbia resident is now in Japan! An even bigger time difference and ahead instead of behind. It's all very confusing.

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    1. Great to see your comment here, Lucille. Thank you for the comment on the tea cup painting over on IG.
      Wow...you have definitely raised a world traveler. Yes, those time zones might be confusing, but how proud you much be.
      Best wishes to you and to your amazing son. xo

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  11. Oh this is so beautiful! Lovely post Frances...
    Let´s have a great weekend!
    Titti

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    1. Thank you, dear Titti. I'm so glad that you liked this post. Looks like we are in for a cloudy, even rainy span of days...but it's still possible to a great weekend. xo

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  12. Just caught up with this and your previous post, Frances. It's great to catch those pictures of your paintings on Instagram - which is great to dip into especially when I feel lately as if every day starts with a starting pistol firing! Cxx

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    1. Chris, I have really enjoyed letting folks see some of my old paintings...as well as still sharing the city views over here on the blog. How I do admire you own ability to get up and out early every morning! Impressive, dear Chris. xo

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  13. You are true artist in the way you record your surroundings and share them with us. I have so enjoyed seeing your lovely paintings on Instagram. Your painting style is very appealing to me. The way you shape your brush strokes into forms and backgrounds is gentle and powerful at the same time. I look forward to seeing more! xo

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    1. Oh Carol, thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I think you know how much I admire your painting, and so it's particularly encouraging to read your kind words here. xo

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  14. I love those decorative details. And I enjoyed seeing your paintings -- you have a delicate way with a teacup!

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    1. Vicki, I appreciate you comment. Perhaps I will discover this summer what I might manage to paint with oils. xo

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  15. You are so talented, love your teacup paintings. I know that you sell your knitting - have you ever sold any of your paintings?

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    1. Yes, Margie, long long ago i did exhibit my work. Nowadays, I am contemplating having some greeting cards printed that would reproduce some of my paintings. We shall see. xo

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  16. I just love the blue teacup!!! It´s something nostalgic about that painting for me...
    Have a happy weekend Frances!
    Titti

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    1. Titti, I dearly love blue and white china, and that particular cup is a real favorite. Old china like that cup and saucer do carry a lot of history!
      Thanks for the weekend wishes...it's finally hot and summery over here. xo

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  17. Hello, Frances! Promise to be back here soon!
    Hope you are fine! Hugs.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for your comment, Rossichka. Sorry to be an infrequent blogger recently, but I do keep finding so many other interests are filling up my days and weeks!
      I know you much be as busy (and creative) as ever. xo

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    2. Hello Frances, though an Infrequent commenter, I do enjoy your Blog posts. Sincerely hope you will not abandon blogging for the shallow casual world of almost no-text InstaGram. Its very name repulses me. What's the darn rush that everyone seems so enslaved by? What will happen to Writing?
      Crankily yours,
      Diane in Denver

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    3. Diane, I assure you I have not completely abandoned blogging. Just having a bit of a break in order to fit lots of things into my current daily hours! Thanks so much for your comment.

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  18. Great pictures, and I hope you enjoy lots of walks in the sunshine. Your teacup painting here is so lovely and I am so enjoying seeing other beautiful paintings you have done when you share them with us on instagram. Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment, Helen. I am still planning to devote more future time to the joys of blogging. Just having a bit of a break. I do miss keeping up with everyone over here! xo

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