Tuesday, March 28, 2017

George and Mona - NZ Series

George and Mona
A friend of mine, Jeanne, lives in Everett, WA and she has the greatest alley.  Right across from where she parks her car is an alley shed with framed images of George Washington and Mona Lisa. Thanks Jeanne for taking the photograph of the shed with these "works".


Fabienne Verdier - artist 

This artist paints with huge electronic brushes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Firestone Men - NZ Series

Firestone Men
Finding vintage photos of anyone or group creates a wonder as to who or what was their life.  Since most of the images I find are totally anonymous I have the luxury of making up a story or allowing the viewer to make up a story.  Go ahead.  What is your story of these "Firestone" men.


Charles Bradley - "Good To Be Back Home"  - Number 22 on the NY Times music list.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Elts and Askets - NZ Series

Elts and Askets

Titles!  In discussions with many artists titling comes up.  For some it is a difficult process and for others it is easy.  It is more on the easy side for me.  Something in the work frequently jumps out at me or if it is a series, it is even easier like my Red Series, Red Series #1, Red Series #2, etc.  In this case I rather like Elts and Askets!

Are you into jazz?  Try Cecile McLorin Salvant.....

C├ęcile McLorin Salvant - I Didn't Know What Time it Was  .....Number 19 in the NY Times magazine section......

Friday, March 24, 2017

Class of '45 - NZ Series

Class of '45

Not far from where I live on a street that is an arterial devastation has taken over a whole city block. Progress, in the form of apartments,  is coming I suspect.  Our little Mountlake Terrace will have light rail in about six or seven years.  The progress is a short walking distance from what will be our new transportation.  I can't actually wait for light rail as there will be no need for present transportation to and from downtown or the airport.  It will be right here.  I will be almost in my mid-seventies by then.  I hope I can still use it.


The NY Times number 16 ........Good background music......


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday Morning - NZ Series

Sunday Morning
Sunday mornings for me are always reading the NY Times and the Seattle Times.  It takes hours and I discover so much about what is going on in the world.  If I lived in a large city I probably would take those papers with me to a coffeehouse just to be connected with others in my environment.  I guess I could do that around where I live but it means mostly getting in a car to head out somewhere.  I do have a Starbuck's nearby but it just does not seem the same as it would be walking the streets of NYC to a favorite spot


James McMurtry - Gulf Road - Another singer who was one of the top 25 in the Sunday magazine a week or so ago. Some of his song lyrics kind of left me wanting to change songs quickly.  I do like Gulf Road though.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Apples Wanted - NZ Series

Apples Wanted

At the beginning of March I was asked to install ten of my collages in an Everett restaurant.  Those works were destined for a show in New Zealand.  So since I had quickly framed those ten and liked how they looked, I decided to start creating 13 new pieces for New Zealand.  I have ten of them ready to go and will complete the last three soon.

Apples Wanted came together in one afternoon.  I like the chabby chic-ness of it.


Rufus Wainwright - A Woman's Face Reprise (Sonnet 20)

Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


Here are the lyrics:

A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted 
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion; 
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted 
With shifting change, as is false women's fashion;

An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth; 
A man in hue, all 'hues' in his controlling,
Much steals men's eyes and women's souls amazeth.

And for a woman wert thou first created; 
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated, 
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.

But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Remember your youth when everything you experienced was like the Fourth of July?  Does that happen much now?  Maybe sometimes. :-)  My Sunday experience below was one of those moments.


Snow Geese - Sunday was a bright sunny day so we decided to take a drive to see the daffodils in the Skagit Valley north of Seattle.  On the way we stopped to see the snow geese on Fir Island near Conway, WA.  It was an amazing experience to see the fowl flying in some sort of order known to them.  They landed in a field.  I am talking about thousands upon thousands of these birds.  I found a video to show you what we experienced.  It really was quite exciting to see.