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TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

Saturday, July 31, 2010

BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND - ALL OF A TREMBLE...






           For more BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND, the 'new home for the monochrome maniacs', do visit Dragonstar's presence here! 


WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - A REFRESHING SIGHT THESE HUMID DAYS!




    There is both motion and reflection here in busy Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn - reflecting the ambience  of the neighborhood.  Available walls are professionally hand painted advertisements and the graffiti here appears to be on the way out.  Restaurants open their windows and customers sit outside to enjoy their lunches  and dinners.



            For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS please visit James at Newtowndailyphoto here!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MOTION THURSDAY - BLOWIN' IN THE WIND...THINKING OF MARILYN

   These dresses really were billiowing - so many women are wearing long sexy-looking dresses now - so cool for this heat wave.  This street vendor should do well!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

MACRO MONDAY - WHAT IS THIS?









AN INSECT WITH STRIPES, BUT NOT YELLOW?




                                    For more MACRO MONDAY do visit LisasChaos meme here







Saturday, July 24, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - AT THE FOOT OF THE GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH SCHOOL STEPS .....


                      A drop of heaven on earth, perhaps.....for a while.


For more SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY please visit HeyHarriet here!

BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND - ACTUALLY, THEY ARE CARROTS





     Yes, seen at the Farmer's market, I have found more appetizing displays of this crunchy veggie than this one!


            
      For more BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND do visit Dragonstar here!  
                                (The new home for monocrome maniacs!)


Friday, July 23, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - DESIGN RAZZLE DAZZLE ...





I can't recall what kind of a car to which these headlights belong!  I was just captivated by the shiny, sculptural shapes, and the reflections created by the design, from where I stood.   PS I believe I am reflected in the foremost headlight.  I just noticed that!




                         For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS do visit Host James here!



SKYWATCH FRIDAY - THAT MACKEREL SKY AGAIN!

    EARLY ONE MORNING THIS WEEK 



     FROM MY 10th floor KITCHEN WINDOW,  NYC






                               For more SKYWATCH FRIDAY do visit SKYLEY here!



PS   5 am Friday sunrise - kitchen reflected in window!

Monday, July 19, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - WHERE HAVE ALL THE ARTISTS GONE?

SURRENDER THE BOOTY AND SPEND,  SPEND,  SPEND...



There's no other choice really.   Create cash flow again to bring back
 jobs.   NYC's Mayor has just closed the door to those at one level who will not 
                  be covered by The President's call today to extend unemployment
        insurance benefits.  Why don't the politicians get it, whatever one did for a living?




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THE SCENE BEFORE THE 19TH JULY, THE LAST DAY OF WORK 


Union Square Park, NYC

Sunday, July 18, 2010

MACRO MONDAY - THE LAST OF THE DAY LILY..

    
     GO TO http://wwwjarvishouse.blogspot.com/  (HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND) to find out about a sale of plants in different colours at Farmingdale College...      


  PS:  PLEASE VISIT PREVIOUS WEEKEND REFLECTIONS POST FOR UPDATE ABOUT ARTISTS BARRED FROM SHOWING IN NYC PARKS.  THANKS!    


    
    If you are a Day Lily fancier and would like to add variety to your garden, take a look at Lori's splendid series of day lilies photographed at Jarvis House in so many different colours.  


DO VISIT LISA'SCHAOS HERE FOR             MORE GREAT MACRO PHOTOS!


SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY - PAPYRUS



                                              IT REALLY DOES WELL IN A SUNNY SPOT!



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PS   See former post:  an update on the ruling to bar artists from showing their work
                                                                    in NYC's public parks


Where will Donna Lee Michas go now if she is not one of the lucky ones?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - THE POLITICS OF OBSCURITY...

My image of an image behind glass is obscured by 'reflections' that interfere with the real viewing of the artwork - 'reflections' that are a microcosm of a growing larger problem - and that is the politics of curtailing certain inalienable Constitutional rights to folks who live here by politicians whose agendas are different from those of the people.        If you don't want to read the rant that follows,  just view my WEEKEND REFLECTION and move on!





For more WEEKEND REFLECTIONS do visit Jamie here!


On July 19, 2010, many NYC artists who have the right to sell their work under the First Amendment Right to Free Speech in public parks, will be barred from doing so.  It may seem like just a local issue to many, both here and abroad, yet it is but a symptom of a world wide issue stemming from recent mishandled economic problems that continue to plague some nations as wrong-headed party politics and corporate interests deliberately set out to obscure common sense action for the sake of the party that is not in power and wants to be.  

Art and artists are usually the first victims of government tightening, whether they be teachers of art or the artists themselves.  As I see it right now, the US banking system seems to be at the root of slowing cash flow, busy protecting themselves from further wrong lending,  instead of selectively speeding up the need to lend money at this time.  The government needs the banks to lend because no lending leads to no spending and no spending leads to unemployment.

Spending is what is needed now to move the economy away from a continuing recession and loss of jobs.  But the city of New York doesn't see it that way - the tax paying artist is to be removed to make more room for larger vendors who can pay higher fees and who, therefore, will charge more for their wares.  Tourists will not be getting the bargains they look for offered by artists willing to sit out there, come rain or shine, who are not charging extra for the overheads of an  elaborate cover for themselves.  They ingeniously make do with the very small spaces allotted to them.

When a population hears the politicians arguing about how to manage a weak economy, the natural response is to draw in one's horns - to switch off the lights, don't spend money except as needed, and for employers to fire anyone whose job is considered redundant. It is a psychology of fear that bodes ill,  the beginning of the end.  Particularly an end for many artists who do not expect the lawsuit to re-instate their rights against the city reaching the Supreme Court within the next 4 years.


As in many cities and countries, there is world of independent artists who depend on their otherwise unrecognized skills to make a living in this way.  It is an accepted tourist attraction, and exposure here is a step towards being discovered by a buyer, collector or a gallery owner.   Artist, Donna Lee Michas, commented - "The cumulative sadness in the park was sickening tonight",  as she and other artists anticipate joining the ranks of the unemployed.  


In the end, it is not really just an issue for artists.  Everyone is affected by the mishandling of the economy, and the politics of greed needs to be recognized and stopped.   





          

Friday, July 16, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - ONE SUNLIT CLOUD...


    ONE NYC MID-AFTERNOON BETWEEN WELCOME SHOWERS -





     CELEBRATING SKYWATCH'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY!



For more SKYWATCH FRIDAY do visit the Skyley meme here!



Monday, July 12, 2010

RUBY TUESDAY - ON BECOMING MORE BIKE FRIENDLY!

According to the AARP BULLETIN (July-August 2010) a national trend has seen a 43 percent increase in bicyclists between 2000 and 2008 as communities create 'Bicycle-Friendly' networks in tandem with park and highway improvement projects.  

     


                                                                                















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