New Work (Boston) + Thoughts on War and Peace (Characters Who Should Be Trampled)

I recently returned from Boston where the crew and I were attending the TransCultural Exchange Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts. The conference was great. We learned many things. The highlight of which was a workshop presented by German artist Ulli Boehmelmann on the logistics of mounting an international exhibition. (She was speaking about her experience in particular of presenting work in Russia). I found these artist-led workshops to be the strongest of the conference. Artist talks can be so impactful and encouraging and motivating in terms of narrowing in on what kind of art career I'm seeking. I've talked about this before, but it's so easy to become lost in the proverbial 'trees' - deadlines and paperwork and blog posts - and neglect the career 'forest' plan. My point is: it was a good week for thinking and planning and getting inspired. 

Plus we trekked around Boston. A city I haven't visited since I was 10. It's wonderful. We are already planning a return trip, one with no conferences. Just walking. 

The highlights. Make Way for Ducklings. Sloane Merrill Gallery and a wonderful show by Timothy Powers Wilson. And the Museum of Fine Art where we spent a good deal of time in front of a little Rembrandt (what a collection). 

Here is the Jones Gallery crew in the Common. 

In between workshops and gallery visits, I took a few photos and made some sketches. I'm now working on a few Boston paintings. 

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On another note. Regarding War and Peace.

I listen to audiobooks at the studio, which I have gone on about before. And because I spend some mighty long hours at the studio, I look for meaty, lengthy listens. And I love Tolstoy and Anna Karenina, so this month: War and Peace. 60+ hours. Yarr. 

I am almost finished. Narrowing in on hour fifty. While I knew the broad strokes of this book before beginning, I didn't know the minute details of the storylines. But now that I am immersed, Tolstoy's charms are wearing thin. I'm planning to read Anna Karenina again soon to clear my head of War and Peace

To mark my near conclusion of this epic audiobook experience, I've compiled a list of War and Peace characters, who, in my humble opinion, I would love to see trampled by a hoard of stampeding Russian peasants before the end of the book. Some of these characters have already met their demise at this point in the novel (I cheered), and as for the others, I patiently await their smushing by peasant herd. 

Those Who Should Be Trampled:

Pierre Bezukhov

Andrey Nikolayevich Bolkonsky

Princess Marya Bolkonskaya

Anna Mikhaylovna Drubetskaya

Julie Karagina

Natasha Rostova

Sonya Rostova

Among others. Especially Pierre. Please tell me he doesn't endure until the end.