Marie Antoinette

Kasey recently styled a fashion shoot using Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun as her inspiration - a woman who styled Marie Antoinette's portraits and survived the French Revolution to tell about it (and go on to style other aristos, albeit across the Channel).

I'm really not much of a model, but thanks to my newly whitened, appropriate-to-the-era hair color, she enlisted me as her subject. Enjoy.

Borrowed Art

The collage above was created from a W magazine and one of my favorite Martha Graham quotes:

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it."

It hung on our door as a poetic sort of welcome mat till our neighbor Luigi asked if the "poetry" was mine. I said no - and felt sheepish. The irony struck me: the fact that I was hiding behind someone else's words went against the very point of the quote, and my reason for displaying it in the first place.

The next day I took it down, burned a portion of it, saved the ash, and began to compose.

A new collage will hang on our door in due time - and yes, the poetry will be mine.

Bird Seeds

No, it's not a pet shop window. I spotted this avian display at a regular (or rather, not-so-regular) home while walking down a lane in Uxbridge.

Do you see the painted birds perched on the bottom branch? Two of them are in a deep in conversation, but one is highly intent on watching what I'm up to.


Where'd I go?

Well, you know how sometimes you have to shut everything off and everything down because you're on the verge of . . . something - maybe you don't even know what - and all your energy has to go toward pulling off that one thing?

Yep, well, that's where I am.