The Gaze (Work in Progress)

Gazing at the gaze…

Foxy Brown’s Fox Boogie!

Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase

Françoise Nielly Les Diaboliques

Hopper’s Rooms by the Sea

Sergio Davanzo’s Pittore ~ Sonnet 18…

Arne Quinze The Sequence Brussels…

Marco Perego’s Talk Is Cheap...

Kehinde Wiley Officer of the Hussars…

Kal Gajoum Piccadilly Traffic…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House

Domingo Zapata’s 11 Minutes Exhibit…

Picasso’s Les-Demoiselles d’Avignon

Kent Bellows Gluttony Self-Portrait…

Thomas Saliot Close Up Water

Bansky Warhol Basquiat...

Gentileschi Bourgeois O’Keefe

What was she thinking?

To see her muse

To be her muse

It is not enough to gaze at the gaze

How did he feel?

What did she say?

I cannot simply be a spectator in a cheap seat

or, a participant on a glancing spree

I imagine her backing away

Viola!  A masterpiece!

A glass of wine

A bottle of wine

A toast

Apollo 13*

It’s over


Some ritual

Dirty paint

A bath

A bird in the fist

A shout

A sandwich

Sex on Fragonard’s swing

with fiddles and strings,

and Citizen Cope,

Sublimated and subliminal guilt

Sin and complicated insanity


Let yourself out!

I have a canvas to make,

a gaze to paint

Red red red.


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*Maggie’s Farm

Brianna Perry’s Marilyn Monroe