Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 6, 2019

"That's the advantage with psychopaths - they think they're so fantastic that sooner or later they make a mistake." - Professor T on PBS.

(Clicking on photos enlarges them.)

When the facts are against you, argue the law. When the law is against you, argue the facts. When both are against you, pound on the table and shout really loud. - advice to lawyers

"We judge others by ourselves." Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

My dogs sometimes bark and run around when theres' nothing there that I can see. I know they're right. Always. I just can't see it. Then last night I think I saw one of the things that upsets them. She must visit just at dusk to look for birds or rodents. How do I know she's a "she"? 99% of calico cats are females. Rarely a male is born with an extra chromosome and sometimes that male is also a calico. Rare though.

"Here, right matters." Lt. Col. Vindman

"A person is never known til a person is proved." Mrs. Blinder - Bleak House

"A painting lives in the eyes of the sensitive viewer." - Mark Rothko

One of my favorite farms is on Snay Road not far from me.  I happend to catch them spreading manure (probably cattle) on one of their fields recently. Three trucks were lined up along a dirt road and were connected to the tractor by long hoses spraying the muck on the field. I love my life up here.

"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."

"Do what you know to be right. 
Act in a fashion that you can look back 
and not be embarrassed but proud."

"When someone stabs you,
it's not your fault that you feel pain."

I keep my friends close and my enemies closer -
said by an Arab leader whose friends killed him later.

1. To us art is an adventure into an unknown world 
which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.

2. The world of the imagination is fancy-free and 
violently opposed to common sense.

3. It is our function as artists to make the spectator 
see the world our way - not his way.

4. We favor the simple expression of the complex thought . . 
We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.

5. It is a widely accepted notion among painters 
that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted.
Attributed to Rothko

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Flint Institute of Arts

I left early Saturday morning for a day trip to the Flint Institute of Arts which was closed when I got there so I explored nearby downtown Flint for a while. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Downtown Flint, Michigan

Downtown Flint, Michigan

Downtown Flint, Michigan

Downtown Flint, Michigan

Flint Institute of Art

Pat McDonald - Tornado (FIA)

Nichael Dunbar - Cassiopeia (FIA)

Markus Schaller - Managed Cube (FIA)

Flint Institurte of Art

Harry Bertoia - Untitled

Harry Bertoia scupted this piece by pouring bronze onto sand and then sculpting it with a long tool.

Harry Bertoia - Untitled  (reverse side)

Homage a Harry Bertoia - James Hansen

This "found art" was discovered on the beach of Lake Huron near my new home and reminded me of Harry Bertoia's Flint piece. I inserted it into a piece of driftwood from the same beach. Voila!

Homage a Harry Bertoia - James Hansen (reverse side)

Joseph Drapell - Gates of Life

Rod Penner - Day

Evan Penny - No One - In Particular #4

John Dempsey - Plant #31 Buick City

John Dempsey - Plant #31 Buick City

Robert Motherwell - Elegy to the Spanish Republic

Adolph Gottlieb - Conflict

Mary Cassat - Lydia Cassat (sister)

John Brown - How d'ye

John Singer Sargent - Garden Study of the Vickers Children

Hanadi Al-Salaeem - Untitled

The storm last night brought high waves, torrential rain, and extremely strong winds which kept us all awake for many hours! However, there is perhaps a last bit of fall color as shown by this lingering volunteer rugosa rose bush.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Black Friday - 11/29/2019

We spent a very quiet and sad Turkey Day just me and my furry four-footed friends. Most of the very early snow has melted so no "Over the river and through the woods" for us. The Icelandic Sheepdogs below have all found their new and forever homes with me and I am thankful for that.

Kit - my returnee and youngest Icelandic Sheepdog

Kit - my youngest Icelandic Sheepdog

Bear - my Icelandic gift from Arne and Lillemor

Pila - my returnee Icelandic