Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two Birthdays, a visit with Alfred Quiroz

My good friend, film critic Bob Campbell, celebrated his birthday in the special room of King Fisher where we had had the memorial dinner after poet Steve Orlen passed.

painter Gail Marcus Orlen looks on.

That was Saturday and Sunday Hether Grey celebrated her birthday at Saint Charles bar. Nadine brought the cake and a smile.

Heather gets serenaded

more warm love

Adam and Heather

a studio visit with the fabulous Alfred Quiroz

Alfred closes his studio to take me to dinner along south 4th avenue

Alfred needs not say a word ...but he does and that is fine.

a fantastic Alfred Quiroz I am busy buying.

Alfred and his extended family outside Temple Gallery. only name I remember is Helena.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Used to Be Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. first dinner at Gail's then party at Darren and Gary's. That'/s changed. Now its Chrstmas/Hannakah and a party at Bonnie's

If you enlarge this enough one can see me stealing internet outside Sunrise Cafe on Christmas day. I have NO shame.

Marian and Gail and I share the first night of Hannakah.

Marian reads in Hebrew the words for the first night of Hannakah

Gail lights the first night's candle

Gail reads the english while her son, stuck on the wall, listens from LA

Gail serves homemade latkes

this year's first snow on the foothills below where I live

a big man I photographed at the fish market at 5500 south 12th avenue

the large succulent I decorate outside my house. The Home Association doesnt like when I decorate outside my house

Lucien (the son of Crystal and Naim) pretends to sketch Eva at Bonnie's Christmas dinner. 

the lovebirds back from Europe (Al and Hannah)


Al makes a point. Hannah listens

Naim pontificates while Crystal listens. he mentioned he was tired. last night he and Crystal missed going to bed because one of them put on a Prince album and they danced into the night. Peut etre Lucien had to put himself to bed.

Crystal at the dining table

ok ok I obsess on Crystal if I'm with camera and she is in profile

Thank God she found new sunglasses so she could meld back into the wall (I dont think so)

Steve Romaniello drives us to Maynards for breakfast

We then drove over to my dear friend and recently departed, Avril's house where her parents are staying during their period of grief. They sit below Steve's painting of Avril, his good friend.

Steve and Marta discuss

Marta listens while Daniel makes a point under Rembrandt light.


the boys play with their toys beneath a portrait of Avril.

from Sabino Canyon looking towards where I live in the foothills

nature's parking lot

Friday, December 23, 2016

Twas The Nightmare Before Trump

Life is funny. Dylan says the first will be last and the last will be first. i loved the human being that was Obama. Now the karmic balance brings a President that hires from Exxon. That couples with Putin.
Anyway, these are images I made this past week or so.

a sky island sandwich looking towards the Tucson mountains

Emily announces the Clif Taylor SnowBird concert at the Hotel Congress. He asked that she wear a tuxedo and I happened to have a grandfather's tux I bought at a gypsy swapmeet in Aix En Provence in southern France. Note Mr. Hankey's South Park Christmas poop around her neck.

how many times have I seen Clif Taylor on his knees tuning up. many

Clif sits in with Rock Roll and Remember. he from Nantes, France. she from Tucson. they played some of the best music I have heard in the last ten years. hooray!

President Terry Etherton and director Hannah organzing my collection of photographer Rose Redfield photographs for Etherton Gallery

Marian Marcus and her daughter Gail Marcus Orlen at the Arizona Inn (a place we go regularly)

Gail and I have been rubbing noses for some time now. Dont forget she has a show at Etherton Gallery in March of her fine paintings.

a corner of my living room sliced by sunlite

Hanaa trying on a Christmas dress. I met her last week at Sawyer's happening party.

Hanaa in profile

Hanaa when she arrived and before she was `krollenized' (a term coined to describe sun proofing some of my father's fabric-Boris Kroll Fabrics.

Hanaa accessorized

Emily being languid

Emily with mountain dew

Emily with a heart pinned to the butt ofher tuxedo

Amanda and I meet secretly for graduation present lunch at Gandhi's on Ft. Lowell

matching the clothes tot he food at WELCOME diner

me abnd Larn Poland at Old Peking on Speedway

miniture matadors I bought down on 5500 block of south 12 th avenue

my cabinet on the shelf above my ktichen sink

frightening how beautiful Emily can be

but same goes for my friend Bob Campbell checking the scores at WELCOME diner.


the entrance to where I live. maybe the saguaros will protect us
from ourselves