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Inland Empire Panorama   Leave a comment

Inland Empire Panorama by kenne (09/03/06)

The Inland Empire is a region east of Los Angeles, covering more than 27,000 square miles
of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The area has a population of approximately 4 Million people.

Empty Chairs In Waiting   3 comments

Getty Museum Art blogJ. Paul Getty Museum (06/17/04) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

O sun!

Why have you moved on?

A minute too early.

Water over the dam.

Umbrellas ready to fall.

Empty chairs in waiting.

— kenne

Museum Staircase   1 comment

Getty L.A.-B&W-art-72Museum Staircase — Photo-Artistry Image of L.A. by kenne

The city is named for the angels,

And its angels are easy to find.

They give off a lubricant odor,

Their eyes are mascara-lined;

At night you can see them inserting

Gold-plated diaphragms;

For breakfast, they gather at poolside

Where screenwriters feed and swim.

— from Hollywood by Bertolt Brecht

A Morning Distraction — “If It Doesn’t Taste Good, Put Ice In It!”   1 comment

(First posted July 27, 2010)

While reading the poetry of Writers in Performance Series presenters this morning, I became distracted by an email message from the Tom Re: A Cover Song Request in Memory of Warren Zevon. Russell seems to have great respect for Zevon’s work, but probably none more than “Carmelita,” which he combines with Charles Bukowski’s, “Crucifix In A Deathhand,” on his Modern Art CD. By putting the two together, Russell demonstrates his appreciation and understanding of Bukowski’s words and the lyrics of Warren Zevon. “Crucifix In A Deathhand” is my favorite Bukowski poem.

Crucifix In a Death Hand

yes, they begin out in a willow, I think
the starch mountains begin out in the willow
and keep right on going without regard for
pumas and nectarines
somehow these mountains are like
an old woman with a bad memory and
a shopping basket.
we are in a basin. that is the
idea. down in the sand and the alleys,
this land punched-in, cuffed-out, divided,
held like a crucifix in a deathhand,
this land bought, resold, bought again and
sold again, the wars long over,
the Spaniards all the way back in Spain
down in the thimble again, and now
real estaters, subdividers, landlords, freeway
engineers arguing. this is their land and
I walk on it, live on it a little while
near Hollywood here I see young men in rooms
listening to glazed recordings
and I think too of old men sick of music
sick of everything, and death like suicide
I think is sometimes voluntary, and to get your
hold on the land here it is best to return to the
Grand Central Market, see the old Mexican women,
the poor . . . I am sure you have seen these same women
many years before
with the same young Japanese clerks
witty, knowledgeable and golden
among their soaring store of oranges, apples
avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers –
and you know how 
these look, they do look good
as if you could eat them all
light a cigar and smoke away the bad world.
then it’s best to go back to the bars, the same bars
wooden, stale, merciless, green
with the young policeman walking through
scared and looking for trouble,
and the beer is still bad
it has an edge that already mixes with vomit and
decay, and you’ve got to be strong in the shadows
to ignore it, to ignore the poor and to ignore yourself
and the shopping bag between your legs
down there feeling good with its avocados and
oranges and fresh fish and wine bottles, who needs
a Fort Lauderdale winter?
25 years ago there used to be a whore there
with a film over one eye, who was too fat
and made little silver bells out of cigarette
tinfoil. the sun seemed warmer then
although this was probably not
true, and you take your shopping bag
outside and walk along the street
and the green beer hangs there
just above your stomach like
a short and shameful shawl, and
you look around and no longer
see any
old men.

– – Charles Bukowski (Source:

There’s a video on YouTube of Russell in a live performance talking and singing about Charles Bukowski, Warren Zevon and Dave Van Ronk that will give you a better feel for this morning distraction.


Seeking Answers   Leave a comment

Getty & Huntington 2011René Magritte’s Delusions of Grandeur II, Getty Center — Image by kenne

Seeking answers where

Delusions of Grandeur float

In a sky so blue.

— kenne

The Zen of Visual Imagery — The Second Time Around   2 comments

GettyReflection6.17.04 Art III blogImage by kenne

(First posted June, 2009. This posting serves as a reminder.) 

I love all facets of making visual imagery,
e.g., writing, music, cameras, catching the moment,
editing the moment to share my perspective of the experience —
I could go on and on. For me, visual imagery is a passion.

In recent years I have been able to spend more time with this love,
even getting into digital video and taking on a lot of digital media projects.
However, as with any endeavor, especially the ones you love,
doing it full-time can reduce the love affair to being just another relationship.

Often, creativity suffers in the relationship.
Rather than being artistic, you become a technician, lacking originality and flair.
Sometimes you are so focused in the routine, your passion becomes an obsession.

The moral:

Don’t do what you love full-time.

Make sure the love is surrounded by other endeavors,
which in turn nurtures the creative juices of your art.

Only then
will you begin to feel the juices ooze from your pores.

Only then
will you experience real love.

Only then
will you truly be alive.


Panoramic Views of The J. Paul Getty Museum   1 comment

J. Paul Getty Museum — View from Tram Station at Parking Garage

J. Paul Getty Museum — View from Tram Station at Entrance

J. Paul Getty Museum — North View of Plaza

J. Paul Getty Museum — View from Central Garden

J. Paul Getty Museum — View of L.A from the South Pavilion: Images by kenne

Click here to see a slideshow of all J. Paul Getty Museum Images taken November 25, 2011.


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My Take — Outdoor Sculptures At The J.Paul Getty Museum   3 comments

“My Take” — image by kenne

The J. Paul Getty Museum has graced its beautiful campus with a diverse collection of outdoor sculpture art. This image contains two such works. The one in the foreground is Robert Adams’ “Two.” In the background to the left of Two is Mark di Suvero’s “Gandydancer’s Dream.”  Each is beautifully placed in the garden’s area of the Getty Museum, providing a view of parts of Los Angeles. Each sculpture represents a dramatic work of art, yet each left me wondering about its symbolism. My image is an attempt to express my take on the art and its location.


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