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Autumn in New York

the Chrysler Building as seen from 5th and 42nd, on morning No. 1, back on the streets of New York City. perfect weather for a trip to the city: toasty and warm, sun blazing. and what scenes in every direction: people of all shapes and sizes, colours and bouquet, happy and sad, horns blaring constantly, the odd mouse scampering this way and that on the side streets. for a complete and detailed playback of the scene read page 36 in SUN INFINITY MOON.

we were camped on 5th and 40th, right across the New York Public Library and what an entrance! wow. we were in a carved in stone agenda so there was no time to play with the bookies on this trip.

it’s what i’ve been saying for years! i watched the many folks and wondered if any of them have been up north of the city, into the woodlands.

ah yes, autumn in New York. i was humming the tune while walking down 5th, enjoying every scene and whiff. we didn’t have lunch at the Ritz…

me playing “cowboy” out front of St. Pat’s cathedral. folks were going in and out of there at that hour of the day.

the New York City skyline as seen from the north side of Columbus Circle. we’ve been here before but the last time the December winds were howling and it was gosh darn cold! on this day though it was a balmy 25 C. very nice.

Rumours, on 8th and… i’m not sure where we were at this point, but it was time to pull over for an afternoon splash. we didn’t have our paperwork so it had to be the patio. across the street i saw Rumours and of course wondered if Fleetwood Mac ever played a surprise acoustic gig in there. well that did it, pretty soon “Hypnotized” started playing in my mind.

waiting on the splash, on the patio, across from Rumours, on 8th. this was right around the time the kids were let loose from school and so we had front row seats to what the NYC youth of 8th Ave, just south of the Columbus Circle, look like these days. it was quite a show!

chilling with the locals in the East Village. we took a walk down that way one afternoon after all the chores had been settled. let me tell you those streets down that way were getting very spooky, the deeper we got into the village…

no time for art galleries or museums on this trip. i had grand plans about visiting the Guggenheim but no dice. while out walking the streets i was thinking about Edward Hopper and maybe walking up on the famed Nighthawks cafe! Eddie is definitely one of my personal fave artists in Art History, and one day i’m going to Chicago to see Nighthawks up close and first hand. with no art viewing i began stewing up my own Ed Hopper style images and here are a few of them:

“40th as scene from 9 floors up”, iPhone. i got to looking at this one and thought nope! Eddie would have had someone in the scene so here is attempt No. 2!

“man shackled to desk, grinding”, iPhone. i couldn’t find the right black and white contrast with the onboard tools on the cellphone and the old MacBook pro wasn’t mustering them either. so this one is a miss!

“masked Indian waiting on the 9th floor”, iPhone silvertone. this pose isn’t quite working for me on this one but we’re warming up to the idea and of course loving Edward Hopper’s work and life story even more.

and so that was our Autumn In New York! no lunch at the Ritz but time well spent in every direction! we’ll go again in the spring time, hopefully the covid thing will be in the past by that point in time and we won’t need all that paper work, everywhere we go.

New Art Cards from Mark Seabrook!

This just in: my first batch of art cards featuring some of my favourite paintings! The cards are blank on the inside, are 5×7 inches, and comes with a coloured envelope and a clear plastic wrap! Awesome! This is the first batch, we have another bundle coming in soon featuring more of my fave paintings from over the years.

If you want to place your order directly, send me an email!

And so here we are into another summer! Miigwetch. My old twinravens summer mission statement from that ultra and super wild summer of 1995 still stands! And stands tall! So here it is again for good measure, a cool 26 years later! Live, love and learn!

Day Filthy 13 in Quarantine

got home to the range on June 10th, woke up the 12th and saw this! wowza! everything i’d imagined! nothing but bird song and the river. complete peace and victory too!

another morning on the range, another fab sunrise. i’m still on Scotland time and so am up around 4 a.m. my dad always used to say: if you’re awake, say thanks, and start your day.

looking to the north and the back part of the open range. out there it is wild! the horses are out there but beyond them, who knows.

another sunrise on the range: i’ll be honest! it’s very weird out here alone like this. almost feels like being on the famed “desert island”. for LP’s i have: Al Stewart Year of the Cat, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits, Wings Venus and Mars, Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Zeppelin Physical Graffiti, T Rex The Slider and Bob Seger Night Moves. that’s it!

we’re out here waiting for our next gig but thank goodness we have some reinforcements moving up. there should be a gang arriving on Tuesday of next week. i hope so! because if i stay out here any longer, on my own, i’ll end up like those 2 guys in the movie: The Lighthouse…

(oh boy… )

sunrise this morning, on day Filthy 13, Friday, June 18th. she’s a doozie. and thank goodness for the splash of rain! i was up around 3 a.m. and saw the lightning flashing to the south, no thunder! i took a stroll on the front lawns and the fireflies… wow. what scenes they create. thank goodness they don’t fly in pairs… if you get my drift.

no art! my painting supplies are still in O Town. i’ll be going there next week to get them. and my guitar!

Back in Canada

but we’re not home! right now i’m in the hotel lock up going on 3 days. home is a short 5 or 6 hours up the highway when they let us out. i’ve got a little blue car waiting for me and up there where i come from, is a river!

the grand and glorious sunsets at the town of Ayr! we certainly saw some beauties and thank goodness this time around we shot some video! most of them i posted to my youtube channel yesterday. we left the town of Ayr at 2 a.m. June 6th. hustled up to the Glasgow airport for 6 a.m. went to Schiphol for 9 a.m. and away to Canada, 7 hours, Schiphol to Toronto. it was a great day for flying and KLM took very good care of us.

the sunrise at Ayr was also amazing. and the swans… what lovely and elegant creatures. i loved watching them swim past. i could definitely hear The Swan (Saint-Saens) playing in my mind as i watched them work their way past me.

one last look at the scenes around the town of Ayr at sunrise-they really gave me and Joe the clubhouse seats in this town! the free show was on going, looking out those windows.

one last look at the studio! that last day for the few of us they had come in started at 650 a.m. and ended at 1045 p.m.! when i walked out of there for the last time i was thinking i sure am glad they don’t need us on Friday!

flying into Schiphol on KLM. beautiful morning for a flight and we were all glad to be on it! this covid bizz makes getting around from place to place a bit of a hassle… still worth it though! the grand scenes in every direction over 40 plus days: wowza! what an adventure!

one last look at Scotland, down there somewhere is the town of Glasgow. it was another beauty flight, NOT packed in like sardines but this time given the run of the place! and those super gorgeous KLM stewardesses certainly took great care of us!

right back where we started: at Pearson International, Sunday afternoon, June 6th. goodness by the time we got off the plane, through customs, and over to the Sheraton for lock up, this boy was TRASHED! all used up. so i was happy to hit the bunk and try and sleep it off.

now if they asked me to go again: you bet i’d be on board with that trip! but the next trip for me is north! to the great Manitoulin Island! a few days on the range is going to be exactly what the doctor ordered!

Tourist Action: Scotland (2)

we’re 29 days on the road! 11 of which were spent in that dreaded quarantine but we’ll forget about that and instead remember the beauty scenes in every direction over here!

in Dunfermline on Saturday, May 15th: there is some major old time history in this town! you’ll have to boot up the town name for all the details as there are many!

the Stirling Bridge on May 16th. this 15th century beauty is just down stream from where the wooden bridge used to be.

the skies over Stirling always seem to be filled with such drama! this is the view looking north, from the foot bridge that goes over the tracks at the Stirling train station. the hotel we’re staying at is to the right of the frame.

the east coast at the town of Dunbar, on May 17th. that’s the North Sea out there! it moves quite differently than say the water rolling in at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island! huge amounts of power down there! spooky to this anishnabe! those cliffs are filled with sea bird nests and so you can imagine what music they make. and that fresh ocean air is quite different. yes. this place needs to be seen again. Dunbar is just past Edinburgh and a measly 17 local bucks to get there from Stirling. one of the locals said they call the place: Sunny Dunny, for the micro climate they have there, and yes it was a beautiful day. and warm for a change! no need for 2 hoodies!

Church of Scotland, town of Dunbar, lawn bowling club out front, North Sea out back.

Church of Scotland, looking north. to the right and about a 15 minute walk north is that wild and rugged coast line. i had to stop at the cemetery and see a few names, didn’t find the two i was looking for!

the Volunteer Arms, an awesome club just up from the harbour and those wild cliffs. and so this artist and artsy friend of mine used a word in a recent email: tipple. i’d not heard the word spoken until i came upon this patio with a few of the very friendly locals up there enjoying an afternoon splash. they saw me approaching, my CANADA hoodie advertising, and one of them shouted down: it be time for a tipple lad? we got to chatting over a Tennent’s er two and i soon learned they had relatives in Grande Prairie. they asked how long would it take to drive from my home to Grande Prairie and I said about week, if you pulled over for the night. that one caused a gasp from everyone about the place. i told them you might as well go all the way to Alaska if you’re up that far. (we’ve driven it a couple of times!)

the Scottish country side flashing past the windows on the way from Dunbar back to Edinburgh on the afternoon of May 17th. lovely scenes out that way and i’ll be sure to go back before we leave for home.

railroad bridge over the river Carron, town of Larbert, May 18th. i’ve been rolling across that bridge going to and from, saw that trail as we rolled past and got to thinking: i’d like to see that up close. it was a pretty dreamy little scene! bird song in every direction!

Larbert Old Church, that’s what they call the place. some of those stones had dates on them going back to 1790! still looking for those 2 names!

back in Stirling, on the walk way over the rail yard, those skies of Stirling! always filled with wild and dramatic clouds!

more to come but i think the boss wants us to report in tomorrow, so our tourist days might be behind us for a little while.

Thursday in Pitlochry

the boss cut us some slack so i hit the rails on Thursday and went straight back to the town of Pitlochry! that was our rallying point back in 018 and i sure spent a few hours over at the Coach House playing the waiting game. also spent a few loverly afternoons at the McKay, enjoying their dining.

when we were up there in 018 i took a lot of photos but no movies! not sure what my problem was around that but anyway on Thursday i had the cameras rolling.

i also thought, when rolling out of that town in 018, i’d never see it again!

hey it was COLD up there! no b/s. i had my spring wear and man you needed your winter gear! i walked up and down the streets a few times and caught a chill. in a normal world i’d just pull into one of the little shops and warm up with something but in these times, if you want a splash, you can’t have one in the club! you have to stay on the patio! what is the world coming to? needless to say standing around in the freezing winds with a splash never made any sense to me so it was a short visit to the town of. i did have lunch at the McKay and i’ll say this: the haggis was tasting mighty gamey! the neeps and tatties were awesome but the haggis needed to be followed by something off the red wine list!

2 hours of sightseeing was all i could manage in those frosty climes so it was back on the train and rolling south. up there in Pitlochry there are some mighty high cliff faces, big trees, and big green but just south of there it turns into rolling farmlands, low hills and a lot of sheep! saw some deer, pheasants, swans (one of them was on the nest!) and a bunch of other smaller birds we don’t have in Canada. beauty scenes in all directions, a brand new landscape for this boy. i tried to film the scenes flashing past the windows but the camera kept focusing in on the window itself and not the scenes beyond! darn!

so here is a short vid i made of that fun and frosty adventure!

Wednesday in Stirling

they cut us loose and let us out on Wednesday morning and oh my goodnezz… walking out of there and into sweet freedom was a brand new experience! lovely bus ride from the Glasgow Airport Hotel to the town of Stirling, sunny and beautiful.

looking south across Forthside Way

three types of weather in one afternoon! we had a blaze of sunshine, lovely, an awesome show of clouds rolled in from the west, next thing we knew it was snowing, or hail… and then pounding down rain! all in the space of about 2 hours.

scenes along Barnton Street, Stirling

i love seeing the architecture! and of course chatting it up with the locals (of all ages!)

at the corner of Murray Pl and King Street

so where is everybody? the empty streets of Stirling! wow. this virus scare is everywhere!

and so that evening after a three hour walk about we returned to the hotel patio and settled in for a nightcap. next to us were two lovely Scottish gals, 18 and 21, blond and full of spirit. we got to chatting with them and yes, it was not easy to follow what they were saying and so the younger one said to the older, stop speaking that, you have to speak english or they won’t understand us! what was that language they were speaking? the Gaelic of Scottish?

it was lovely sounding and they were lovely! silly me, how come i didn’t get some pictures? and i’ve said this before, these gals up here are TOUGH! it was a balmy 2 C yesterday and i saw them out there with their mini skirts, fishnets and clodhoppers, cruising past where i was sitting: No. 2 Baker Street.

now we are well aware of the history around this town! at some point we’re going to take a walk over that famous bridge and take a good look around.

here is a short video of those awesome clouds! (and just 2 short hours into FREEDOM!)

Day 6 behind the Wire

in their books we’re on day 5 of being locked up but in my books we’re on day 6. they don’t count the day we arrived and let me tell you we arrived here first thing on Saturday. and so it is life behind the wire, locked up! i haven’t seen any of the boys since i got here. i get out for my 15 minutes and haven’t seen anyone! i snapped this one this morning at around 630. we have the parking lot and that’s it!

turns out that is the M8 up there. the south view windows at the hotel look out onto that so i’m very happy i have the north view which is the airport and the mighty hills of Scotland out beyond that. plus i have a tree outside my window and…

so yeah. we’re in here. and we’re not getting out till mid next week! which leaves plenty of time to get busy with this:

it would be very cool if we could find a brand new print of this on our desk the Monday morning after we get back. a horror story… rechecked while in lock down…

(so get going lad! (oh yes: over here, i forget that it is us Canadians who have the heavy duty accent!))

twinravens ART on the street!

in Unionville, Ontario on the morning of April 10, 2021. nice work! and big!

and back in November of 2020, in the town of Vanier, Ontario. also very cool!

it would be super cool to get this on a huge billboard somewhere! (anywhere!)

and this one too! of course if these were on billboards i’d have to pull over and taken another look!

a little memory lane while we’re at it, music by James Cohen. artwork by Mark Seabrook. most of these pieces are away in private collections.

bottom line is this: we need to keep working!

Coming Soon!

here is the top half of the promo the folks at the Lunar Lanterns in Unionville have in Now Magazine. cool.

those paintings are some of my fave “Mukwa” pictures, acrylic on canvas board, 16×20″, in private collections except for the blue one at bottom right/left. (i had to keep that one!)

so it’s up there in Unionville, at the Varley Art Gallery, happening in April. i hope to see it myself, up close!

starting to get there… photo of the artist by the Great Terry H., photographer/teacher. that’s yours truly out there on the Manitou River, late in July 2020, deep in Indian Country while the pandemic goes on.

yes… starting to get there indeed…