This year I managed to get eight of my existing paintings professionally framed. The goal is to get about that many more read for hanging and photographed so I can a) start entering juried exhibitions in the not too distant future, and b) begin offering prints of at least some of them.
This one came home from the frame shop today.
Professionally framed 20″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas, 2008, 24″ x 18″ total size.
Mare Desiderii (“Sea of Dreams”) was an area of the Moon named after Luna 3 returned the first pictures of the far side. This name is derived from the Russian Море Мечты, Mechta (“Dream”) being the original name for the Luna 1 spacecraft.
This feature was later found to be composed of a smaller mare, Mare Ingenii (Sea of Ingenuity), and other dark craters. Today the IAU does not recognise the name Mare Desiderii. - Wikipedia
You just don’t get much closer to cool than this. Continue reading
When I first discovered, or rather, was introduced to impressionist painting, my favorite painter was Claude Monet. I spent hours studying his work, analyzing his technique. I never get tired of looking at his work, but in recent years I’ve come to love the work of one of his contemporaries even more: Vincent van Gogh. Continue reading
One of my favorites by Mr. McMurtry. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.
This is another of the new pieces I made this month, one of two experiments in collage, or would it be mixed media? I’m never sure what to call these hybrid things that utilize anything other than paint on plain canvas, panels, or paper. Being untrained has it’s challenges.
For this one I ripped pages from an old phonebook (Rocky Mount, NC, 1956) and stuck them to the canvas before I started painting. In the end, most of the text from the pages got covered up, but there is a little bit visible in this photo, in the lower right corner.
The pages didn’t stick to the canvas like I wanted, which adds another element to the surface of the work. There are no rules in my studio.
According to the US Census Bureau American Community Survey:
One out of four children in North Carolina lives in poverty. That’s 25% folks, and totally unacceptable.
In the past 12 months, 14.7% of people in North Carolina received taxpayer funded food security assistance, although there’s not much real security in the programs these days.
Nearly one in ten (9.7%) senior citizens (people over 65) in North Carolina is living in poverty.
If you’re not one of them, be thankful; odds are you know someone who is.
If you are in a position to help those living in poverty among us, starting tomorrow – no – starting today, I challenge you to make it a personal goal to do something, anything, at least once a week to help make someone less fortunate’s life a little less impoverished, be it a family member or a total stranger.*
Keep it personal. Keep it real. Do whatever you choose to do directly to or for an individual or family in your community, and it’s okay to be anonymous. Cut out the middle man. Most charitable organization, including churches use less than half of received donations for actual charity work. The rest goes to “overhead” which often means either the preacher’s or the CEO’s pocket.
Poverty can be the result of bad decisions, but more often than not, poverty is a symptom of the systemic failure of our society. Most people in long-term poverty do not need to work harder to get out. These people work their asses off just to survive. They could never work hard or long get ahead of the problems that either put or keep them in poverty. It is simply not possible within the economic system we have today.
Until we find the collective will as a society to practice what so many preach and to enact meaningful laws and programs to help our brothers and sisters on the short end of the stick, it is up to each and every one of us to do whatever we can to look out for the least of these.
*Church tithes, charitable, tax-deductible donations, and the like are not included in this challenge. This is in addition, or better yet, in place of those donations. Does your church really need that $100?
That’s why I love man kind.