Friday, March 5, 2010
Which one will it be? Up to three pieces are allowed entry in the Hygienic Fifth Crossing Annual Juried Exhibit this year. In the Third Crossing, April 2008, "Academia", a still life, Oil on Canvas was selected. For the Hygienic XXXI "Salon des Independents," I chose to display "Spring Freshet", a landscape, Oil on Canvas, and got an "honorable mention" in The Day. Um...let me see..."The Beach by Long Island Sound?"...Against the Wind?...The Race?...Seeing the Light?...On the Rocks?...and coming soon: Sealgulls All Around? Which one will it be?...(Denise...Denise Dances...2010)
ALIVE 'N KICKIN'! in New London, CT. My 48th birthday has just come and gone. I've made it thus far. If half my life is over, I will live to be 96. The second half of my life is sure to be better. God -- you owe me big time! (Is it OK to say that?) See the Book of Job! I do better in Groton. Joel Osteen once spoke of "places of blessing" unique to each individual. I am sorry to say it, City of New London, but Groton is the place of my blessing thus far. Only through extremely difficult circumstances have I come to be at the place I am now. (And with help from my Guardian Angels here on Earth and my One in Heaven who I promise not to ever forget.) I don't have good luck! (I'm a Pisces, the last sign in the Zodiac. I'm on a Spiritual path. When I do cross over into the Light, I ain't never comin' back!) There are no accidents. Don't forget; Ocean Beach is at the tip of New London. It is a place unto itself, far from the hustle and bustle of the City. I'm not saying I don't like New London; I do. There are so many things to like about New London. Albeit old, it is trying to be up-and-coming! Give us a chance! The art scene is alive 'n' kickin'! It's the best place to be right now. COMING SOON:THE HYGIENIC FIFTH CROSSING ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT! April 2010. Wish me luck!!!...* * * :)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Eleven viewers to my blog yesterday, March 2nd. Not bad! Thanx, everyone. I promise to keep it interesting. (Somebody call 911! I've got an emergency. On the dance floor. Whooooa!) -- Denise...Denise Dances...2010. She's baaaaack!
BIRTHDAY BOUQUET 3/3/2110 -- Birthday bouquet...Bean & Leaf Cafe...Sensual...Organic "Canna, Red and Orange" (1926)..."Red Flower" (1919)...Reverberates...All of life itself...to "Blue and Green Music" (1921)...Potent "Purple Petunias" (1925)...Ripe "Red Canna" (1925-28)...Erotic...Yellow Palpable "Spring" (Circa 1922)...Glowing...Blood "Red Cannas" (1927)...Emanating...Pulsating...Vital Life Force...Other Worldly. GEORGIA O'KEEFE: NATURE AND ABSTRACTION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT. (Oh, Denise. You're a hothouse flower.)by Denise Hickey. Circa March 3, 2010. "Better with Age."
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
SPRING BREAK! My own personal plans for Spring Break do not include a trip to Daytona Beach and partying like there's no tomorrow! I am thankful to see the SUN SHINE again, finally, after a loooong winter hiatus. Given the chance, I would hop the nearest plane to Sarasota, FL! For now, I plan to enjoy "a walk in the park:" Poquonnock Plains Park, here in Groton, which is busy with seniors, amateur athletes, and mothers and their children on the Tercentennial Legacy Playground where children with disabilities can play alongside "regular" kids; as I walk not one, but TWO laps around the track today (I rewarded myself with a Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bar with Almonds)! Any day that I can see the ground beneath my feet and the sun shine -- as well as to be OUTSIDE to enjoy it is a good day. Poquonnock Riverwalk beckons as well -- oft referred to as the Labyrinth (as you know, a Labyrinth is a maze of pathways which one walks in search of answers. Start at the beginning. Think of the question you wish to have answered. Address it out loud or to yourself. Address your angels. Walk the path before you. At the end, you will find the answer you seek. Keep it simple. Often the answer will be revealed to you in nature. Also, it could be a sound. A familiar scene. It could be found in the ducks and the swans themselves which grace the Poquonnock River, even in winter. Another place to walk -- near and dear to my heart -- is the Ocean Beach Boardwalk! Yes, it's that time of year again! Hope to see you there soon! ALSO, TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO WISH MY SISTER KELLEY A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY -- IN CASE YOU ARE READING THIS!!! (If you ARE reading this post today; I give you an A++! I promise I won't forget to call you today! Had to get outside! Carpe Diem! SEIZE THE DAY! (Denise...Denise Dances...2010)P.S. I hope for more SUNSHINE on my birthday, which is tomorrow. If we have snow, I may have to content myself with a walk to the Bean & Leaf for a lunch-brunch! But tomorrow is another day...!
Monday, March 1, 2010
The ECSO is on 94.5 Fine Arts Radio on Sunday, Feb. 28th. A QUICK REVIEW...A PROVEN WINNER...Live at The Garde on Sat., Jan. 23, 2010. Did you hear the applause? Whew! Yeah. That was me! TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA, CONDUCTOR. Symphony No. 104, D Major; "The London Symphony" by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) I found to sound pleasant and flourishing! Concertina da Camera by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) echoes a French jazz cafe. Incidentally, Ibert's parents desired for him to attend business school. He first studied Drama and then Music. The piece featured Stephen Charles Page, Jr., on the Alto Saxophone. I had difficulty in appreciating this piece. It seemed to be all over the place. After Intermission was the real "piece de Resistance." (Sorry for not being original!)OK. So, my tastes tend to go "against the grain" and I STILL find myself forced to fly "below the radar," so to speak!!!... Petrouchka, a 1911 opera by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) I found to be entrancing! an incredible piece! It is the story of a Russian puppet who comes to life and develops emotions. Composed by Stravinsky in 1910-11, for the Ballets Russes, it premiered in Paris on June 13, 1911. "More than a few observers were taken aback by music that was brittle, caustic, and at times even grotesque." The music characterizes the Shrovetide Fair known as "Maslenitsa," a Russian carnival similar to the Mardi Gras where the people rejoice before a long fast. "Stravinsky's rapidly changing rhythms depict the hustle and bustle of the fair." The Charlatan casts a magic spell on three puppets whom he brings to life: Petrouchka, a Ballerina, and a Moor; whereupon they perform a vigorous Russian dance. The Charlatan imprisons Petrouchka into a small cell while he pursues the Ballerina. Petrouchka feels the human emotions of bitterness toward the Charlatan and love for the beautiful Ballerina, whom the Charlatan pursues. Rejected by the Ballerina, Petrouchka collapses. The Ballerina is attracted to the Moor who leads a comfortable life. Petrouchka breaks free to attack the Moor and is forced to run for his life! In the final movement, it is early evening as the snow begins to fall. Colorful characters come and go upon the stage at the Carnival. Petrouchka rushes across the scene at the peak of merrymaking, chased by the Moor, who slays him with a single stroke of his sword. The Charlatan is questioned by the police, but he holds the puppet Petrouchka above his head. At nightfall, after the crowd has disappeared, the Ghost of Petrouchka appears on the roof of the theater as he cries in angry defiance. Now alone, the Charlatan is terrified to see the Ghost of Petrouchka. The scene is hushed, leaving the audience to wonder who is real and who is not. (But, you would have known that, had you gone to see the ECSO and read the program at The Garde Theater in New London on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at eight o'clock in the evening.) The next concert will be on Saturday, March 13, 2010. Tix available at the ECSO Box Office, Corner State and Meridian.
GREAT PROBLEMS, GREAT PLANS...You are facing a situation much like the Rear Guard, the last to have contact with The Enemy. There appear to be many experts on the scene. When the time comes for change, you won't be able to do it alone. Try and you will suffer a humiliating defeat. Help will come from the allies. From...The "Y CHING" Book of Change. Used copies available at the Book Barn in Niantic. (I would like to express my THANX and GRATITUDE to all of my Guardian Angels, here on Earth and my One in Heaven. I couldn't have made it without each and every one of you!!!)...(Denise...Denise Dances...2010)"I know you. You're not happy unless there's trouble. And I'm all right with that." -- Emma Roberts is NANCY DREW.