Vaslav Nijinsky and Sergei Diaghilev, and God Just Wanted Us to Be Happy


2018. Acrylic on board, 12 x 14″

Autumn has arrived to Lake Ontario. It is my favorite season. It is the book time whenever I find the time. Years back, before Jeff Bezos became a monstrous scourge to humanity, I would wait expectantly for the mailman to bring me my Amazon® order of books, several to read to my daughter, and one or two for my own enjoyment. Nijinsky’s diary came on a late September day like this one, with the fresh chill, the house gray and Canada breeze. I sat on the balcony to watch the busy squirrels, opened up the book and read, “God just wanted us to be happy”.

That’s all I read of The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky.

I closed the book and never opened it again.

I am so glad to have found sensitive people who paint. Nijinsky would find me laughable in life and on stage. I may exhibit grace under hot kitchen pressure, however, I dance like a brick with chicken feet. And Diaghilev would have thought me a peasant unworthy of his time and influence. I think he would despise my painting even if he agreed with many of my rich thoughts on poverty street.

Lena’s paintings make me happy. I have opened a chapter of her book, and will keep it open all season long for the people to see. Come by Fuel Gallery in October and read Nijinsky’s one-liner with 35 visual subtitles by Lena Ulanova.

Then we’ll sit on the balcony and watch the squirrels dance until winter.