Year: 2005

  • Homeless in NYC… no more!

    Thank you to everyone who wished me luck and for your prayers. I have (finally) found a home for the school year. I will be staying at the International House. Built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Cleveland H. Dodge family in the mid-1920’s, it was designed to foster interaction between foreign and american…

  • Back in Brooklyn, er… the Upper West Side

    After a comparably uneventful flight back to JFK, I find myself once more in the Capitol of the World. First order of business is to find a new place to live, which involves scouring the digital For-Rent pages and sending off many, many emails. To which I seem to receive only a few replies, and…

  • Sweater Pics

    I’ve had a request to post images of some of my older sweaters, since I didn’t get much knitting done over the summer (I knit about half a Broadripple Sock in sage green, and spent the rest of the time hanging out with Jeremy). So last night I took a few pics; bear in mind…

  • Jeremy’s Farewell Party (and a Recipe)

    Last weekend we got together with a bunch of friends from work to watch movies and share a potluck dinner, partly as a farewell to Jeremy for the fall semester. It was my job to bring desserts, and I agonized long and hard over what to bring, changing my mind several times. I didn’t settle…

  • Portrait Final

    True to his word, Paul sat for a third session last night and I was able to work for another three hours on his portrait. I was able to fix a few drawing problems and get a little more chromatic in general. Overall I’m pretty happy with the final work. The photo is a little…

  • Portrait Underpainting

    Paul was kind enough to sit for me again last night. While he watched the epic Ben Hur, which clocks in at a solid 3.5 hours I labored to produce an underpainting. It utilizes a dead-palette, which is why it has that sort of earthy look about it. If I can squeeze in one more…

  • New Portrait Painting

    My good friend Paul as agreed to sit for me. The time is short, but but I think there is enough to get in one portrait painting before I return to NYC. I still need a lot of work on heads, it is definitely my weakest area. This is the drawing on linen for the…

  • Weekend Baking

    Despite the heat, I did quite a lot of baking this weekend. I took pictures of most of it as I went along, but Jeremy has those pictures on his laptop, so they’ll have to go in another post. I do have a few pictures from Sunday, though, so I’ll talk about that. Sunday Baking…

  • Of Roast Chicken, Cookbooks, and Le Creuset

    A continuation of my excessively long list of culinary discoveries this summer… 5. One of my goals this summer was to practice roasting whole chickens. I’ve only done it twice, which is less than I had hoped, but they came out great both times, so confidence is high. They were both Cooking Light recipes, a…

  • Of Strawberries and Tea

    While Jeremy was away at school, I tended to make the same few dishes over and over again: ones I knew I liked both fresh and as leftovers, and that made enough to last me several days. This largely translated to soups and stews, and a few casseroles and pasta dishes. I did the same…

  • New Drawing

    The first part of my summer vacation definitely was less productive than it could have been. Sure, I have procured gainful employment, but I have found it difficult to spend large chunks of time in front of the easel. Fortunately, I think that spell has passed, and for the last couple of weeks I have…

  • Part of Being a Homeowner

    Recently, I noticed that one of the hot-water pipes in our basement had started to drip. Nothing too serious, but as they say, ‘a stitch in time…’ Here’s a picture of the culprit… Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but there is a 1/2″ coupler, connected to a short run of 1/2″…