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“Robert Dorr”, The Concord Embroiderist — A Modern Artistic Master.

by Anura Guruge

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That I named my daughter after the Italian Great ‘Titian’ might be a clue that I am ‘into’ art. I, furthermore, have been lucky enough to know quite a few artists, of varied ilk, from around the world, over my long life — with at least one of them, David Shepherd (1931 – 2017), quite famous (with astounding commercial success to boot).

So, it was a tremendous, serendipitous, joy to meet an undoubted master — deservedly famous and successful — in Concord, New Hampshire yesterday, at the ‘Kimball Jenkins’ School of Art, 20th Birthday, Open House. That Master was Robert Dorr — Master Embroiderist who also does mixed media, pottery and weaving.

Though I have lived with inveterate embroiders, some of whom were quite proficient, until I had the honor of meeting Robert yesterday I had never thought of it as a bona fide PURE ART — up there among the best. I was blown away. Some of his pieces involve thousands (or more) hours of work. Though it crossed my mind that it may be sacrilegious, his talent, labor and dedication reminded me of my idol Michelangelo! Da Vinci never had the patience.

Yes, I was delighted to hear that his work, deservedly, commands good prices from museums – and I also learnt that there are embroidery-specific museums. Wow. Made my week!

Though he was new to us, he is well known and celebrated in New Hampshire — a longstanding member of the ‘NH League of Craftsman‘. You really need to check out his work. He is on Facebook too — with quite a large following.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017 Movie: Lavishly Produced, Easy To Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the IMDb.com page for the movie.

The trailer on YouTube.

We had not been to the movies (at a theatre) since August, when we went to see ‘Dunkirk‘. Given that we didn’t have much planned for the Saturday we decided to rectify it. None of us are “Star War” fans — though I have seen most, if not all of them. We were also not in the mood to see “Coco“. So, with I in the lead, we decided to see “Murder on the Orient Express“.

We knew the story line — and I am quite au fait with fellow Brit Agatha Christie. What I was eager to see was the cinematography. I knew it would be lavish — and I was not disappointed. Not sure how much of it was computer generated, but it is very artistic, dramatic, luxuriant and easy on the eye. Great humor and the recreation of Da Vinci’sLast Supper” setting, in a tunnel, is brilliant.

All together a good experience. Lingers with you. Very clever. Made me want to read the book!

We saw the movie at our ‘local’ — the “Regal 10” in Concord, about 40 minutes from home. They had a police presence. I, being who I am, had to go up to the policeman — who was very pleasant — and inquire why. They were expecting long lines for “Star Wars”. So, they were just being careful. Interesting.

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by Anura Guruge

Titian, THE GREAT Renaissance Artist, After Whom My ‘Teischan’ Is Named, Died This Day 441-Years Ago; August 27, 1576.

by Anura Guruge

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Tiziano Vecellio, Titian, suffice to say is one of my all time favorite artists. There are 5 Italian Renaissance artist that I consider DIVINE and beyond compare: Michelangelo, RaphaelTitian, Sandro Botticelli & Da Vinci.

When I learned in 2005 that we were going to have a baby I wanted the baby to be named after ONE of these five GREATS — albeit with a unisex name since I do not believe in learning about a baby’s gender before they are born. That I picked Titian in the end speaks volume. As far as I am concerned he was the ‘most normal‘ of the five in terms of ‘family values‘ plus I like the range and variety of his work. As I tell people, I, however, faced a problem with the name ‘Titian’. I did NOT want a child whose name began with ‘Tit’. I knew that they would NOT thank me for that. Hence, Teischan — ideally pronounced as close to Titian. Plus, teischan.com was readily available and I had registered it 4-months ahead of her birth. I had the Website up and running, with pictures of her birth, 12-hours after she was born — on the same day.

A framed copy of this Titian classic has hung in Teischan’s room ever since she was born.

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by Anura Guruge