(The  Emperor  Hadrian ,
The Louvre, reference to “Much Ado About Nothing

I was recently viewing  artwork cd’s . 
There was a bust of a Roman Emperor, Hadrian ;- The original
is noted  (WIKI)-first in the pics,
my coloring is 2nd., then the Louvre Building West Wing .
I was impressed with the lifelike appearance and ability of the sculptor to fashion the image . .
Wiki Hadrian 

If you notice, the original looks somewhat colorized, but to
 the coloring  effect in Adobe you first have to
convert the picture to B_W.

Also I know a lot more shading would have made this attempt more lifelike .
I think it the original was noted as being in the Louvre
of France.

If you’ve read  Shakespeare’s

play ” Much Ado about Nothing” a sculptor’s
talent makes a  lifelike    sculpture of
a character to have some time to reveal truth then  seemingly
  “resurrect” the  character “Hero” (a female
betrothed ) .
6 /23 /2014 –I apologize, I think I made a
mistake in referencing impressive lifelike  sculpture in
literature,I don’t think there is a statue in the play “Much Ado…..”
 I’ll have to reread  the play. 
it’s in one of his plays ….:). That’d be for a Shakespeare
to know.
 I never saw a sculpture that  I’d mistake for a person if
it was paitned to form, with  marble or cement. I would
think it’d be painstaking to achieve.
Maybe Madame Troudeu’s (?) wax sculptures.

So this is done with Adobe as an effect to give
more realism to the stone figure.
The eyes were the most difficult to give a realistic appearance . Actually woulda been easier to sketch .
The rest is done with layers and opacity to
keep the undershades .
I’ve retouched /colorized some older  b-w 
photos this way, the results are usually realistic .

Hadrian Colorized


AND MORE  at 3:00 AM   my orginal
interest was in the sculpture aspect of this …. but here
goes more  

OK, so here i retouched to a portrait style realism . … And I’m
done .    

Retouch with emboss as a back
layer and darkening
and credited to his reign ….
2 Hadrian Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, one of the most famous buildings in
the world, was commissioned by the Roman emperor Hadrian.
The structure was built between 118 and 128, and replaced a
smaller temple. Hadrian was also responsible for building
the fortification wall in England known as Hadrian’s Wall.

OK……completed ….



Well I didn’t write about RT. 66 in a previous post only to entertain.

This might be “bad form” so I apologize, , but

This is a SOS call for EMPLOYMENT, I am a registered
nurse of 26 years and a registered (as opposed to
certified) medical coder, in a “depressed” area.
Being 51, and whatever else the reason, the jobs
“ain’t a
comin’”… If you know anyone who needs a me kind-a guy
My References and work history will be available to
credible employers.
EMAIL ME,. dnecca@aol.com

And.. some music…to lighten a mood, or maybe enhance
By the way, currently, this composer is my favorite
.I’ve played his previous scores, “The Godfather
Waltz” and “Godfather Love Theme” in  previous
posts .

Nino Rota

I am reposting this one after more practice
….it’sa “pretty” – long piece of music.
“Romeo and Juliet”


3 2 14

rt 66


Speak Softly

I‘ve read that people/community and
a“historical” culture memory are  linked to 
the permanence of a building  and
architecture.  I don’t know, or  maybe
deny,   what that means  of the decay of
older brick and mortar buildings of the past in 
communities .

The simple cottage home, and the mansion, both
offer a reality.

And  what living activity occurs inside, is in
fact, . a culture’s chronicle, and a personal diary.
Skyscrapers, to me are  megalithic, 
overwhelm, and their details of structure are lost in
size.I could feel the modern sense of feeling like a
number in a large cog.
And, that feeling would be
on the personal diary side.
The building itself would be on the cultural side, maybe
in a newspaper or magazine. the “Architectural
Achievement”. So   they  intertwine.

The  following  pictures are eye catching
,and provoke memories in me of places where I live near
     In one way or another, I either
worked in them, near them or knew people living in the
places or at the sites , Except for RT 66.
The details I’m neglecting, those would be a different

The pictures are “more or less” a
different kind of journal ,similar to  a scrapbook
,  in a place called “Davencci”
As a “prescript”,- there of many  places 
I’d  have posted , (the first and orginal 
Harley Bike Shop ) or any school that I attended, 
or  places that have evoked  feeling . 
Originally my thought trend  followed this picture
search on the Internet.

  Many of the pictures  you see here are of
buildings  in a  near defunct state , though
some have been renovated.

The local  buildings have personal meaning to
me,  what they were  at one time, in
“full swing”……… and what they  are now.

Things change, decay  may become new again
.(i.e.Carnegie Music Hall )and then,  it  starts
all over again.

People often write about the places or people they
felt most about in life.

And one facet contains  the other, depending on
situation .
So, this is a ” kind of”  journal  entry;
of  “memories> to> environment”, instead
of  people through life.


 the internet, this week I came across pictures on
MSN gallery of the interstate highway Route 66.

RT 66
Rt 66 was one of the first interstate highways in
the USA.
RT 66

The photographer- artist had
retouched images in “light” to create illusions of a
well lit  buildings on the roadway  that are
now abandoned ,  but not (yet) demolished . 

For example, the picture here
RT 66 Gas Station       RT 66 Diner 
The computer animated movie “Cars”, & theme
song “Real Gone” by Cheryl Crow, and  the  hit
song Nat King Coles’s “RT. 66″were written tributing the

Cheryl Crow  Theme from cars “Real Gone”

Nat King Cole  RT 66



alot further down  the road,

Old public schools that had the
ornate Greek style arches and doorway entrances, which
were the antecedent of the frame of mind for the student
who entered, and announced the purpose to those who
“passed by” the place.
This school was just closed , within the last 2 years
.(Monongahela, PA)

The Public Libraries, that have a
large a limestone facade and the sleek expression of the
artful intellect in physical form. WIki

Carnegie Music Hall Homestead (I worked in this
area0-  1980’s)
This one pictured is Carnegie Library in Homestead , and
it once appeared  decrepit, falling down, and
closed to the public, until the  renovation 
that was completed in 2011. It had (a pipe organ, , it
also had  in the early 1900’s  a bowling alley
and pool.)  It now  is  Carnegie Music
Hall , with an orchestra pit , Carnegie  Library
and Gymnasium Club.
Inside  there is  a Grande Staircase  to
exterior balconies , and a cement staircase outside to a
platform for  both the hall and gym entrances 
, it is grande looking  in a early 20th century
It is impressive . If you have a chance,  see a
concert there,  the acoustics are supposedly
excellent and seating is good no mater where you are in
the hall .
  A worker gave  me a tour just before the
renovation was complete  He also showed me the
furnaces that heated the building in the early 1900’s.
The furnaces  took the room space of the  most
of the basement. The furnaces and boilers were
indescribably  enormous.  They  sat 
in a lower basement platform with cranes to heave in the
coal .  I suppose they were manually filled with
coal .


-from working in Pittsburgh,this
building is now  historically protected , it 
is in the center of the city.The Old Allegheny
Prison  and  the  facets  that
mimicked a fortress-castle implying containment from
within and without.

all co jail

The old hospitals built after the
40’s  that had a mixing of what I would call 
sleek classic modern/space age architecture.
The  look implied the newest, medical knowledge
known to the time  (the back of the post card
actually says that- exactly )

Kane Hospital Postcard

Kane 1956 back

This hospital building was actually
3 very large wings of separate buildings and  took
about 15 years to demolish  because of  work
labor problems .
Construction completed in 1956, and it’s demolition
began in 1985.  It was in a state of suspended
demolition -animation in the 1990’s . 
You could look at the cranes that were left there, 
literally in mid height of the buildings on the 
site . I was told the work crews left the site  in
the  middle of a workday and never returned .
The article  sited here is from the “Pgh  Post
Gazaette”, 1999.  It finally came down in 2008.
There’s an elite health care facility in it’s place. Kane


Older Hotels (worked  near or
was in them for work.)1980’s-90’s.

Donora Hotel Penn Hotel  1900’s Penn Hotel 2014
D Hotel PHotel P hotel 2014

And ……………….
as  the older buildings become monuments on the
roadside, well, they invigorate my imagination for 
people that I’ve never met. or what the
 building  could become.”The Story” or what
would’ve been,        …. had I
lived  there, …… then, in  the past 
…… ….. shaped by architecture, economics, and people in
a different time, at a Spanish Villa,  Row House or
a  Gothic Church in a monastery..

worked near or in these buildings 1990′ to
2010..   The first is a villa style pink
stucco complex in Upper St. Clair,  newly built
then lost for taxes, abandoned and became public
housing.  Quite unique,  the facade 
stimulates the imagination .  

Spanish ViIlla  Courtyard,

Upper St Clair

“Nors’side”- North Shore
Row , Pgh  PA
Trinity Cathedral Duquesne Pgh PA
Sp Villa Nside Row Trinity C
This isn’t   the actual
complex but a pic from the web,  the
courtyard pictured was similar to the entrance
of  Villa Style complex , I  couldn’t
find any  pics from this apt complex in
Library /St Clair PA on  the web. .
Pgh Accent in thre North Shore
“Nors’side” “Duntouwn”
Never went there , worked near
this Cathedral  .

Finally I guess
that’s where ghosts come from;  old buildings, and
a  memory. Or , maybe they’re real. 

And………………..     that’s
a subject for another blog.

                                                    G’night folks …don’t drink, and
be careful  …. . drive safely ………….a
ghost town  might be next down the road,
or Vegas “”


12 29 13 , “Keep the Pencil…..



12 29 2013 davencci web blog




Keep the pencil. Define Yourself, and Record Your History”

Topics that interest me.









I watched the movie “Roxanne”(IMDB REFERENCE)yesterday.

it’s a dated movie, from the 80’s. If you’re not familiar with the plot , it is a “new” take on the old story of Cyrano de Bergerac,(click to goto text) the guy with the big nose who had trouble wooing  women because his nose was so big of a facial feature .

As it goes, he gets the girl in the end because she realizes it was his poetic words and personality she fell in love with, not another man who used them as his own.The point of the entertaining story is that, personality and all, is the more meaningful part of the self. 
But as the movie demonstrates, it takes a lot in certain situations, especially when wooing, to get past “physical attribute”.

But I find the story even more meaningful.  Notice the parallel with computer blogging , you really don’t “see”anything more than the blog, not the whole person, and if you did what take would you give to it? In the movie, as it should be, the bars and houses, and just about all of the settings are ideal.

Who’d watch if it wasn’t?
People know bars usually aren’t so chic like a movie and people define themselves on a lot of other things like power, status, money, gender and more, whether for good or bad.

Today the uphill challenge of “being” is to define you to yourself.
– in any situation.
Realizing that  is a start. Writing for me “works”  because it tends to make me aware of how I think and feel, alone.

But then,  I forget “me’ when I put the pencil down  or leave the keyboard.
So I’m going to start carrying a pencil, a small one. To remind me. (not really,  but I might in a crisis, like family gatherings and shopping )

After watching the movie , I decided to go out for a Saturday night to a pub , but here where I live, we call them bars or clubs .
They’re not  the  best place to go, notably in small towns and depressed areas therein.
But  they are usually the only place to go, Aside from  2nd hand stores or church. Both of which are pretty far away in my case.
But some good and some bad came from it all.
The bad first. I always do something stupid when I become drunk and, that I did, last night. Not anything serious  just the usual “make an ass of myself”  (details left out to to avoid the same mistake again.)

In fact, I should call bar night “Nicholas Bottom”   night, without the enchantment. Being silly is  O.K., say, if you’re around  really good friends, but really good friends are a rarity.
Nothing occurred, but the pang of embarrassment in the morning. And who likes that feeling? It could’ve been a lot worse
The good next,was aa thought provoking  TV show on Discovery about the new approach in historical thinking and writing.

A non linear approach based on a common contributing thread, which is usually external, called “web” history I think this episode attributed the American Revolution and Independence to the existence of horses because that ‘s what Paul Revere rode;
Of which without , there’d have been  poor communication and a increased likeness to fail to warn the colonists of Boston “The British are Coming” (
that phrase makes me  laugh.He then said “get your cricket wicket”.  But you won’t find that in history texts.)
I think these are “contributing factors “of history and more or less  logistics of a event . Non linear history has been around since the dawn of tales  and time , I guess that is what myths are, non linear history. I think the Emperor

Claudius (Scribd Text)was one of the first to document history in a accurate sequence of events existing in chronological time specific to human feeling and living, (wheeew that was long ) as “history”

So that works for me. It’s still a good idea to carry your pencil , to record your own history , and that might be, ironically termed  “web history” (for the reasons above ). Or start  a personal myth,  which might be pretty creative. I haven’t decided  which to do . But this blog is linear .

A myth would certainly identify the human issues in a life . Right  now, or last night anyway,  the issue for me would have been “The Nicholas Bottom”one, of course again, without the enchantment, girl, marriage issues and panache .  Maybe it is a different issue after all.


  Nick Bottom



………waiting for the New Year