what is a mensch? and...parade 22 process / by Philip Tarlow

2:44PM update: below are shots of stage 4 of parade 22.  since the bottom half of the painting needs to be worked on when i'm fresh, and i didn't get a great sleep last night, i'm stopping for the day. the entire bottom half is a reflection in the large plate glass divider. it's very subtle how the entire reflection portion needs to be kind of greyed out. i usually accomplish this by brushing on a thin layer of paint, diluted with a lot of the medium i use. then, while that's still wet, i work into it, so that all the colors pick up a little of that underpainting & end up giving the illusion of objects reflected in glass. included in that reflection is my shoe, as i stood taking the photograph, which dwarfs in size all the other reflected bits since it's just inches away from the glass partition. that will only add to the illusion of looking at a reflection and to the overall mystery of what, exactly is going on here. my vision is that the take-away will be that what's going on here is a deliciously painterly surface giving you a level of pleasure akin to a dish cooked to perfection.

i may not be able to work on parade 22 tomorrow, as we have to leave mid-day for alamosa, about a 50 mile drive.

1:31 PM update on greek election: official projection for syriza now 150 seats, 1 seat short of the 151 majority

1:00PM update: this is where parade 22 is at right now. continuing work....

greek election update: it's looking like syriza is 4 points short of a majority in parliament, with a projected 147 out of 300 seats. we'll know by tonight how it played out. whatever happens, this is definitely a historic moment for greece, with it's first leftist government since WWII.

A mensch is someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being "a real mensch" is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous. (Rosten, Leo. 1968. The Joys of Yiddish. New York: Pocket Books. 237)

by Abe Rubenstein April 22, 2007 in the urban dictionary

last night our friends dan & lilly came to dinner. dan, a specialist in infectious diseases, told us the story of how he's been lobbying the CEO of our nearest hospital in salida, colorado to have a doctor on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. until now, there was a doctor on call, but only a nurse practitioner on duty late at night or weekends/holidays. while the board had been considering this new policy (it's a small, 22 bed hospital) they hadn't been able to reach a decision. dan put them over the line. imagine yourself with life-threatening symptoms arriving at a hospital where no doctor was present, and one couldn't show up for at least an hour or two. 

so, you visitors to my (almost) daily blog, THAT is what i call a mensch!

....continuing work on parade 22 today. pics later this afternoon, as available.