Sunday, April 28, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
So many birds are funny. The other day we watched people across the street trying to shoot a video commercial, and there were five people whose efforts were completely thwarted by a mockingbird. The bird sits on a very high pole every day and sings as loud as its little lungs can muster, which is pretty darn loud. The people were banging the pole, jumping up and down, waving their arms, but the mockingbird just sang his happy little song. They had to move inside to shoot the commercial.
|The Usual Pose|
Monday, April 22, 2013
Harry T. and Harriette Moore were two courageous pioneers of civil rights in the 1950s, championing equal pay for Black teachers, organizing the Black vote, and publicly condemning racist attitudes and actions of local, state and national officials. The Moores were killed when their home was bombed on Christmas Day in 1951 by lowlife culprits who were never brought to justice.
Hard to believe that I was a child then, lived not all that far away, and was completely unaware of what monsters were loose in Florida. I constantly get those emails full of nostalgia about how great the 50s were, but they were not great for everyone. This is my little homage to two of the first Civil Rights martyrs.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We flew into Midway Airport in Chicago then drove to Iowa on Hwy 88, which is abusively toll-heavy. We couldn't believe the number of tolls, and no places to stop for food for a hundred miles. We saw a little town, DeKalb, and made for it. We found Busters, a little cafe where I had my first Chicago Hot Dog. It was delicious.
I was struck by the stark landscape, Spring not showing anywhere, just flat fields and isolated farms. Very Edward Hopperish. I am going to paint one of my windshield photos, which you will see in this blog if it's a successful painting.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
My Zen Pen just goes off on its own sometimes and I never know what will come out. This was a lot of fun. This pen and ink drawing is matted in an oval double mat. I just finished a large oil painting commission, so this is a nice way to wind down and still be creative.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This is our very own Satellite Beach, on one of those days when sea mists are rising. This was a commission, 48 inches wide by 24 high. Our beach never looks the same way twice; it changes color, shape, and after a particularly rough surf, sizeable rocks appear that were never there before. I love it all, except when hurricanes take a great deal of the beach away with them.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Referring back to my post before last on the 26th of March, I now believe my "Mystery Bird" is a Tricolored Heron. Bird lover Kelly Ricetti's "Red and the Peanut" blog was very helpful.
I'm so happy to announce that my painting of the San Marcos Piazza in Venice won First Place in the Contemporary Fine Art International challenge, "Places I Have Been." Here's my painting: