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Milton Glaser

A color drawing of a dog by his dead owner’s feet and a typewriter.
Milton Glaser’s poster for the Olivetti Valentine typewriter.

Today I called my mother in Italy and she told me she read in a newspaper there that Milton Glaser died last night, on his 91st birthday. Mom has one of Milton’s posters that he gave to me, and I gave to her. Although she never met him she was, like many, touched by his work.

It took me a while to absorb this, but tears came as I waited in line at the farmer’s market, later in the morning.


Zebras Drawing

Zebras pencil drawing by Simon Griffee.

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5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City, 2016

Lucrecia with Mom and Dad, Italy, 2011

Remembering Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years After His Death

A deluge drawing by Leonardo made on the end of his life.
A deluge, c.1517–18, by Leonardo da Vinci. Black chalk, pen and ink, wash. 16.2 × 20.3 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 912380. Larger version at Wikimedia.

Taking a moment from current life flux to note that Leonardo da Vinci, a great human being, died 500 years ago on 1519 May 2nd.


Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy, July 2012

Don’t confuse love with abuse.

I remembered this picture after seeing this ad by Bianca Guimarães, Danilo Boer, and my childhood friend Marcos Kotlhar.

Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy, October 2010

Art Makes Society Kinder #
We tested the hypothesis that engagement in the arts may act as a catalyst that promotes prosocial cooperation. Using “Understanding Society” data (a nationally representative longitudinal sample of 30,476 people in the UK), we find that beyond major personality traits, demographic variables, wealth, education, and engagement in other social activity (sports), people’s greater engagement with the arts predicts greater prosociality (volunteering and charitable giving) over a period of 2 years. …continue

Amber in Café Grand’Italia, Bracciano, Italy, November 2009

Love is Wise #

Hatred is foolish.

The Gift #

The artist appeals to that part of our being… which is a gift and not an acquisition—and, therefore, more permanently enduring. —Joseph Conrad

Washington Square Park, New York City, May 2016

Dad With Piccola, Formello, Italy, October 2011

Thanks for looking after me, dad. I miss you.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City, February 2016

Drawing for Amber, New York City, December 2015