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TRAVEL PORTRAIT 73: November 11, 2018
A Clear-Cut Sculpture

A Clear Cut Sculpture

Time frozen in motion--
From a photograph,
Paint a picture,
Compose a backstory
By adding color to
Saturate perception.

Brittle bark crumbles
At the most minute
Bend; a tree sways at
The slightest breeze,
Uneasily creaks.

An arborist determines
That pruning the crown,
Clipping the canopy,
Blunting the branches
Will not resolve the
Overarching stability
Issue, which is failing
Structurally.

A felling is the decision,
Given the burgeoning
Proximity is about to
Extend beyond the
Property limits; a
Truncation at the torso
Is the mission, given
That the iron hoop fence
Indicating the border
Between the yard and
Pavement is about to be
Uprooted.

After the calculated
Subtraction, what remains
Is a truth to the materials
Garnished with a chaotic
Garland of ivy, weedy
Leaves, and blue wild
Berries.

The oak, once considered
A threat, is presently a stump
Rendered as a century's
Old remembrance, is
Almost unnoticed if not
For the shadow cast and
The concentration of light
Foregrounding the phantom
Contrast of moods,

The comings and goings
Of fabulation, compulsions
Recognized by the pedestrian.

Travel Portrait Archive | EatIngredients Archive
11/11/18 A Clear-Cut Sculpture Time frozen in motion--from a photograph, paint a picture, compose a backstory.
 
08/16/18 Cavern Cairn Uncanny scenery fathomed within the scultpural earth.
07/02/18 Archaeological Semblance Proper sunlight, angular beams flood the horizontal strata and expose a sculpture, reveal a reclining figure, a vestige enshrined.
04/12/18 Temporal State Take a moment to enjoy some slow-art.
02/25/18 Out of the Wilderness [part eight] Frank, watching the scene play out, wondered what was said that would cause their private conversation to become a disciplinary and rebellious confrontation.
12/17/17 Flash and Shadow Stationed in the waiting room among the furniture stands an artificial artifact.
12/03/17 Out of the Wilderness [part seven] A whoosh of air flowed down the hallway carrying the scent of his musk cologne. Brian waited for his masculinity to be detected before he entered the living room.
11/19/17 Trolling Abstraction Such a challenge are stripes if not incorporated into a flag or used as an imaginary path to indicate a crosswalk.
10/31/17 Autumn Dimming Brightness A picnic umbrella, withdrawn, stands off-center, vividly gaudy and useless.
09/16/17 Out of the Wilderness [part six] There was a gunshot. Alerted, Frank awakened alarmed. He fluttered his eyelids, then rubbed them with his right hand.
09/09/17 Concrete Poem This graffiti epigram quips on the keen aphorism: a conversational commentary with an editorial afterword.
06/25/17 Out of the Wilderness [part five] Frank stepped through the doorway of Brian's apartment. On his immediate right was the bathroom where his host ran immediately because of the need to 'empty the bladder'.
04/30/17 Out of the Wilderness [part four] Frank was seated in a small booth facing the entrance. His arms rested on the table. Sooner than later, Brian walked into the diner.
04/09/17 A Near-Sighted Long View A window of modulor human height, boxed in a deeply chiseled bevel, looks upon the museum piazza.
03/12/17 Out of the Wilderness [part three] Frank figured he would go to Brian's apartment building to see if his prospective mentor was at home.
02/05/17 Out of the Wilderness [part two] Towards the end of the month, Frank phoned Brian at his place of business to find out what is the best weekend for a visit in the next.
01/08/17 Out of the Wilderness [part one] They met at a gallery reception for the opening of a group show. The theme was straightforward: Young Artist-Curators with Potential.
10/26/16 Subterranean Dreaming Portrait of the artist's brain flushing toxins during sleep.
06/16/16 Timber Don't miss the trees for the woods.
02/01/16 Untitled Rock Formations Tectonic mysteries abound along the Forbidden Drive.
12/03/15 Bricks & Mortar A Metaphorical Retronym
09/22/15 Repeater Variety Show Enjoy a rare look back at a hodgepodge of ingredients from previous culinary musings.
06/25/15 Landscape Flow The landscape flows through time.
06/16/15 Paths, Alleyways and Side Streets An actual imagined metaphorical journey
04/01/15 Paleontology
A prehistoric adventure.
02/03/15 Building Nature: immaterial details Uncanny sightings while driving through the neighborhood.
07/06/14 Nature Calls The plan, encapture via enrapture the salamander; flatter to shame with superabundant fascination.
04/14/14 Swiping Windows You don't have to let your fingers do the scrolling.
03/29/14 Moody Monday - Having [No] Fun Having a bad Monday? Have a taste of some schadenfreude.
03/08/14 Red Light Clichés: Stop Thinking!!! Take a moment to stop thinking.
10/14/13 not that FUNNIES Ed says that it's okay if you have to groan.
04/30/13 trUnk Ed takes a walk along the Schuylkill River (Kelly Drive) to check out the trunks.
04/07/13 la monarchie de fleurs Ironically, Ed sees a garden full of hegemonic paradox in natural beauty.
03/23/13 Details and Constructs Ed ponders some elements of urban architecture.
03/11/13 The Pilgrimage:Capacity - Act 4 He attends the ceremony at St. Peter's Square.
03/11/13 The Pilgrimage:Capacity - Act 3 He visits the Colosseum.
03/11/13 The Pilgrimage:Capacity - Act 2 He visits Pompeii.
03/11/13 The Pilgrimage:Capacity - Act 1 The first day.
03/11/13 The Pilgrimage:Capacity He (Ed) travels to Rome for the canonization of Katherine Drexel.
 
02/21/13 The Pilgrimage: Rittenhouse Square He (Ed) drove from West Philadelphia to Rittenhouse Square to take pictures reminiscent of early twentieth century photography, pictures taken of buildings and parks in New York and Paris.
01/13/13 The Pilgrimage: Resuscitation He (Ed) get's an earful...of encouragement.
01/13/13 The Pilgrimage: The Conference Bubble Revisiting his past, he (Ed) recalls his desire to attend a international conference.
10/31/11 On Being Patient #13
Recuperation: the Recovery of a Keen Being
Perniciousness aside, when I was admitted to the hospital, as I had before, I was asked if I had any religious beliefs that would become a factor regarding my medical treatment options. I claimed that I did not have any doctrine-based concerns.
10/31/11

On Being Patient #12
Successful Dilemmaa: A Cut-Out of Alacrity

I did not fuss over the taste matter for fear that the issue might rouse a pedigreed reaction as opposed to a symptomatic classification. If either fear (or both) were provocative, I did not want to delay. I wanted to move bravely onward to solid food as quickly as possible without a hint of this incident.
10/31/11 On Being Patient #11
Clearance Level
For the past two weeks, my concern, the obsession for the latter part of August, has been the consuming of enough dietary fiber--a discomforting, but welcomed distraction from thinking about the upcoming surgery to remove the glands that are producing high levels of cortisol in my body.
07/23/11 Redeeming Qualities: Sources of Frustration After several days of dining on culinary musing repeaters (and Maw drinking her power protein powder fruit smoothies), we set aside an evening to partake of Continental To-Go from the Orient (aka Chinese Takeout) for dinner.
07/07/11 Acclimation: Try Try Again As I progressed towards my second pituitary tumor resection, my physicians had some concerns about the amount of stress that could be potentially placed upon my heart, while under anesthesia during the surgery. A stress test was ordered.
08/15/10 The Lite Imaging of Pithy Epiphanies Water falls, then evaporates, clouding the 'lustration of photo synthesis. A trial surveys, then abates, appraising tribulations of stress.
04/07/10 The Gab Hagglefest: Speed-Coaxing, Pressure-Pointing In this two-part travel portrait, Ed and Eddie, father and son match wits as they banter for their own benefit--each working an angle for the consumer good.
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07/29/09 On Being Patient #8
Precise Obfuscation: A Cafeteria Commentary
Ed concludes that he is healing--the economy???
06/21/09 On Being Patient #7: I Love Medley Nostalgic, scatterbrain daddy (Ed) variates audiably about bread, downloading, information and love.
06/13/09 On Being Patient #6: A Philosopher's Progress Ed takes pause detailing abstract limitations, composes a theory, and applies the theory to his psyche.
05/25/09 On Being Patient #5: Operation Staycation During his time of crisis, Ed tries to remain playful.
05/18/09 On Being Patient #4: Recuperation Ed looks out his bedroom window while the birds encourage him to rest.
05/13/09 On Being Patient #3: Reversion Triggers Ed extends his art appreciation penchant to sleuth his predicament.
05/10/09 On Being Patient #2: Strike or Spike Multitasking Ed juggles his work, vacation and sick time--on schedule?
05/02/09 On Being Patient #1: Introduction This portrait is a grand round, a gross clinic in the removal of a tumor that is causing, within me, Cushing's Syndrome. This portrait is about a pituitary case requiring Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery
09/01/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 7 I asked myself, "How might these images reside within me as an aesthetic lore, as a magic from which I can gain a belief in being engaged with Art daily, while living a li[f]e?"
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08/25/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 6
Having a hand in this infliction by smearing myself with the flagrant solar salve, I remain haunted by the experience recalled--with birds tweeting in my head.
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08/10/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 5 The Overseer had zoned my attitude, thus conceptualizing the aesthetic lore for which I sought secretly.
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07/27/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 4 We ran our errands, completed the itinerary and were back at the cottage within a few hours. Eddie was anxious to get out of the car. He wanted his easel, drawing paper and tackle box full of his art supplies.
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07/13/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 3 The lobsterman read through the downloaded directions, then scanned the rental documentation, then skipped over the tourist information.
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06/27/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 2 I drove over to the intersection leading to the expressway. I checked to see if my downloaded directions to Maine were still tucked away in the overhead visor, then I reset the odometer.
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06/16/08 Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 1
I wanted the artist's itinerary (aesthetic-lore).
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01/17/08 Manifest Destiny [c. 1970] A mean business, these Art Matters. All this blackness over (a) b(B)eauty.
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10/28/07

The Velvet Shadow

Controlled Substance Culture listen
05/11/07 Ed contemplates the meaning of belonging. listen
05/10/07 Ed tries not to smile while eating lunch. listen
05/02/07
Ed knows where he's going, and he isn't going to tell!
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04/25/07 Gallery hopping or not, Ed finds what for he is looking. listen
04/19/07 Ed is able to contemplate his day. He begins to realize that his breakfast chats are becoming more pointed and direct. What is going on here? listen
04/12/07 Ed takes a stroll around downtown Santa Fe. He is drawn to the Cathedral. listen
04/08/07 Ed finally gets to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. He realizes that the "magic" of the artist is not gone. Ed discovers that (t)his "reality" is an ever-shifting perception. listen
03/31/07 Forgetful and neglectful, Ed will not let his vacation be hindered! listen
03/29/07 A cottage with a view... listen
03/26/07 With all the scenery, Ed manages to arrive at the B&B enthusiastic. listen
03/22/07 Ed is off on his way on vacation to... This is his correspondence of his adventures eating some of the surrounding areas' ingredients. listen

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