Tuesday, March 31, 2009
My kids (Both in college)
Art History (I like an eclectic array of mostly European and American art history)
Genealogy (I've been lucky with this and have traced my mother's family back over 350 years in Virginia)
Socializing at my favorite bar (I really don't like beer all that much but I drink it anyway. I'm chided for drinking light beers but I dislike being drunk)
Baseball (I'm not that much of a sports nut but baseball will always be my favorite game. I loved playing it when I was younger and follow MLB closely)
Fishing (I hope I don't disturb people who do not like the concept. I release almost all of what I catch with a few exceptions...usually catfish and bluegills; I eat them on occasion)
Seven more painters deserving of this award ( I am trying to remember who else I've seen receive this award and not duplicate it but I bet I do anyway):
Paolo Mendes http://postalguarelas.blogspot.com/
Nancy @ Every Photo Tells a Story http://everyphototellsastory.blogspot.com/
Galina Nikolova http://galyaart.blogspot.com/
David King http://picsandpoems.blogspot.com/
Patrice Lynne Young http://patricelynneyoung.blogspot.com/
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
If you are not familiar with Morgaine's work please visit her blog. She paints and photographs evocative and mysterious images that lodge deep in our subconscious mind bridging the relationship between the human form and nature.
In keeping with the principal upon which James' award is based, each recipient is to, in return , nominate two more recipients.
Thus, I nominate first: Isabel, Sketching in Mauritania http://mauritania-isabel.blogspot.com/.
Isabel immerses herself in the culture and life in Mauritania and paints incredible on location sketches and notations that brings animation to the indigenous people that she shares her time with.
Then, I nominate: Arthur, "Who is Arthur Simo the Outsider Artist" http://simoartcorner.blogspot.com/
Arthur brings a fresh new perspective to how we view the world with his bold compositions, his excitement and his wonder about a world many of us simply take for granted. His special insight is a breath of fresh air
Monday, March 9, 2009
This location is Young's Branch as it just about crosses underneath Rt 29 at Manassas Battlefield. I've painted here before but from a different view (obviously).
This past weekend was very warm, so outdoor activities were in order. I went into the District to sketch and just do some walking. The first sketch is of the Smithsonian Castle as it faces the National Mall. The next is of the Capital Grill restaurant on 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. This is a very expensive restaurant, of which I only know the outside..haha!!! The last sketch is of the Rodin sculpture, Burghers of Calais in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden. From what I've read about this sculpture, the Burghers were the ransom paid by the French town of Calais after it was placed under siege by King Edward III in 1347. Ultimately, their lives were spared by a benevolent queen who convinced Edward to see their sacrifice as courageous.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
This watercolor is of the Union Pacific steamer, Big Boy. The 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement made it the largest steam locomotive, (total length not including the tender) ever run on American railroads. The H-8 Allegheny (built for the C&O and Virginian railroads) was a slightly longer locomotive (due to a longer tender) and slightly heavier. 25 of these behemoth Big Boys were built between 1941 and 1944 being used for steep grades in the mountains of Utah and Wyoming. Their efficiency kept them in service up until 1959, long past when most roads had fully switched to diesel locomotives. American railroads have been given credit for tipping the balance of power in the allies favor during the second world war. German officials rejected, as impossible, the claims from their agents working in this country that the United States was moving vital supplies over mountains at full speed. The Big Boy shouldered it's fair share of that effort. My watercolor comes from a photo that appeared in Don Ball's famous book, America's Colorful Railroads. The background I stole from a J. M. W. Turner painting.