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Sunny morning at my studio. 

I'm experimenting with a new tool.  I downloaded this free app, LizenUp. 
Next, I photographed a painting, then scanned the little button.  I then opened the app on my iPhone. I clicked "record" and added a 3-minute recording about the painting.  Wherever the work is, I can add this little button next to the artwork. Viewers can interact with the work by listening to me yak about it, as well as adding their own comments! Check out this video:
You can get your own free starter kit. Click the links above!
And have fun with it. 

The CEO of LizenUP has set up a promo code "KAREN01"; if you use it to purchase 5 or more buttons from the website at with that promo code, you receive 10% off.  Here's what the little buttons look like.

Here, an idea to be wrestled with: what is time, and why do we experience it? 

Ms. Tippett:
Right. So, you said somewhere — you wrote, “The passage of time is internal to the world, is born in the world itself.” So, here’s one very intriguing thing you say again as a physicist. To the question of what explains it for us, time seems to pass or to flow. And you say you believe “this is connected to the connection between time and heat,” that the difference between past and future exists only when there is heat. That is such a baffling and fascinating idea. I mean, can you explain that a little bit?

Dr. Rovelli: Oh, yes. Oh, this is something that curiously has not been said enough. And the known physicists don’t know it, but it’s not something new, and it’s something well established. In fact, since not the last century, but the previous century, every time we give a description of the world, of phenomena where there’s no heat, we cannot distinguish the past from the future. Every time there’s something that distinguishes the past from the future, there’s heat......

So, take a movie or something, and you run it backward. Imagine you take a movie of the Moon going around the Earth. You run it backward, and you see a Moon going around the Earth the other way. It’s completely consistent with the laws of physics, and there’s no heat there. But if you throw a pen on the table, and it stops, and you take a movie of that, if you run the movie backward, you see something totally absurd, a pen that starts moving from nothing. And in fact, when the pen stops, it heats the table because there’s friction, and there’s heat.

So only when there is some heat around, the phenomena are different in one direction of time from the other. So the direction of time is deeply connected to the existence of heat. That doesn’t explain the direction of time, but is the first step toward understanding it. The direction of time has to do with the presence of heat.

But, look, I don’t think that I, as a person, exist without the rest. I am my friends, my love, my enemies, my — everything that I interact with.

“To take away the breath.” Bella da togliere il fiato.

Carlo Rovelli
is the author of Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity. 
This excerpt is from an interview produced for the radio broadcast, "On Being", All Reality is Interaction, by Krista Tippet.  Available here:

Please join me at the

Affordable Art Fair

Thursday, March 30 -- Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Affordable Art Fair returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion,
125 West 18th Street, NYC.
Find my work in the booth of Julio Valdez Project Space, #1.35

more information here:
Get in touch if you would like assistance entering the fair. 
It is free on Friday, March 31, from 6-8pm.

Below: Mu, oil with aluminum on prepared paper, 20" diameter image,
36"x33" framed,
Do you know the secret of discounts?
Please join us for the opening reception of Tondo, Tondo, Tondo at the Walter Wickiser Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 303, New York, NY  10001, Thursday, April 6, 6-8pm.  The exhibit is curated by D. Dominick Lombardi.  Check out his article at:
And visit the exhibit - a preview is here:

Sparrow's Eye, Black, oil on canvas, 18" diameter.
The Sky is Dreaming, 12" diameter, oil with 23k gold on panel.
Gallery35 will host an opening reception for "Scapes",
a group exhibit of gallery artists, that will also include my work.
Please join us on Saturday, April 22, from 6-8pm
at 30 East 35th Street, New York, NY.

The exhibit runs through June 10th.  Viewing hours are by appointment only. There will be a closing reception on June 10th from 6-8pm.
There's a new website in town,
a resource for galleries, curators and collectors.
Please visit, and let us know what you think.

Inaugural Concert Announcement
Queens Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce the inaugural performance of QUEENS OPERA THEATRE on Saturday, April 15th at 7:30pm. Join us at Flushing Town Hall for this exciting performance. QOT artists will perform several of your favorite arias and ensembles from opera's greatest hits. Admission is FREE and no tickets are needed. Show up early to guarantee a seat to this anticipated event.

Our Website is Live:


Please consider making a donation to QOT! We are working hard to bring professional opera to the borough of Queens. We are very close to making our inaugural goal and need your help! Please share with your friends and neighbors. Together, we can make magic! 

QOT GoFundMe

Modern Art Foundry is an excellent casting service tucked up near the fabled Steinway Mansion at the North edge of Astoria. 
Need something cast? Give Jeffrey a call!
The SciArt Center has a new online exhibit, "The Void and the Cloud".  Click this link to experience the work, including yours truly.

Thank you to Julia Buntaine for including my work.

How might my artwork add to a project you are working on?  I'm happy to discuss and quote prices for commission projects: give me a call.


Are you interested in learning how to gild?
I am presenting a gilding workshop on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
It runs from 10am -5pm and covers all basic information
and gilding processes.

            The workshop is limited to 4 - 6 participants, $250 per person. There is one spot left. Please reserve your spot by email:  A deposit will be requested when you make your reservation. The workshop meets at my studio in Northern Long Island City, NY.  More information is here:

Save the Date!
ArtConnects New York
Annual Spring Benefit 
Monday, June 5, 2017
6 - 8:30pm, at 4 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Celebrating 10 years of Good Works Everywhere!

Tickets and sponsorships on sale NOW!

Please feel free to call on me for all your
visual art needs!



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