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Small Wonders

Mockingbirds-Painting by Je’ 11 X 14, gouache We often take small wonders for granted, just because they are so small and common. One small, common wonder around here is the mockingbird. I was sitting on a bench at sunrise recently, when a mockingbird landed nearby and began his routine, issuing perfect bird calls of every … Continue reading

Gus Goes Fishing and the Golden Age of America

Everyone seems to think that the best era ever was when they were growing up. Supposedly I grew up in the Golden Age of America, but who knew? I’m sure people didn’t emerge from their huts in the Ice Age and think, “Whoa, it’s freezing, this must be the Ice Age!” Surely a big part … Continue reading

A Portrait of Toby

Just finished this goauche portrait of Toby. Toby was my friend Sinka’s Yorkie who died this year. I did one when he was old, blind and just had a haircut. But Sinka asked if I could put his hair back on, since he was usually fluffy. Fellow artists know-you don’t want to try to put … Continue reading

That’s it! I’m going to quit procrastinating. Tomorrow

We probably all procrastinate when we have some unpleasant task to perform: Clean out the garage, finish the term paper, or in my case, organize my art supplies. Even now, when I say my supplies ARE organized, I see bottles of paint on the kitchen table and a magnifying glass on a bendy arm bolted … Continue reading

Message Bird

I make gourdy birds out of…well, gourds. Plus polymers clay, wires, etc. This quail was a loser and got kicked around and broken. Yesterday when I was fixing him, I thought he should be holding a note pad. Then I wondered how dry erase boards work? Aha an experiment! My experiments usually fail, but this … Continue reading

What is Your Priority?

Like a Little Child Christians usually have a favorite Bible verse or two and one of mine is Jesus speaking to a crowd. He called a toddler to him and said “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He said we will never … Continue reading

What is it all about?

I’m an artist and thinking is kind of a hobby of mine, so I sometimes think about art. What is it all about? Why do we create illusions on a flat surface (because it’s fun?) and why does anyone else want to hang it on their wall? I haven’t figured that one out yet. I … Continue reading

It Could Be Worse-Coronavirus

It Could Be Worse-Coronavirus Today they informed us of the first Covid case in the village. This afternoon they told us there are now two. These are in the assisted living building; high risk folks. The CDC came in and everyone is isolated, no visitors at all. This is a senior village and half the … Continue reading

Creativity and Coronavirus

Creativity and Coronavirus I’ve always said humans are born creative and it’s not only for fashion and home decorating but for survival. When I teach art, beginners say they are not creative and I try to convince them that they are; what they really mean is, they lack skill. But any artistic skill is the … Continue reading

Cures for Lockdown Boredom

Fight Boredom-Go to Yale Supposedly a crisis is also an opportunity, right? Don’t sit around bored-why not go to Yale? Open Yale Courses is a free online series in which you can audit a real Yale course, given by a real Yale professor. Courses are available in history, philosophy, the Old and New Testaments, literature…there … Continue reading