Monday, February 29, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Da Bes Kine

Eddie Aikau, round 1, heat 2, Waimea Bay.

"Been there! Air and water". --Josh

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book and Candle

O SON OF DESIRE! The learned and the wise have for long years striven and failed to attain the presence of the All-Glorious; they have spent their lives in search of Him, yet did not behold the beauty of His countenance. Thou without the least effort didst attain thy goal, and without search hast obtained the object of thy quest. Yet, notwithstanding, thou didst remain so wrapt in the veil of self, that thine eyes beheld not the beauty of the Beloved, nor did thy hand touch the hem of His robe. Ye that have eyes, behold and wonder.

 Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Paul W. Ruiz


Charcoal drawings


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Framing Elevation

A new ticket booth at the Boardwalk.

Oops, the lower strap is supposed to be continuous.  Gotta fix that..

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sand Cats


"They are one of the smallest wild cat breeds, next to Rusty-spotted cats. These small, shy animals are adapted to living in the desert. They can thrive in some of world’s most deserted areas. They have large ears that give them acute hearing and work as radiators to release heat."


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Finnøy, Norway

     We're off to Finnøy,
          Every girl and every boy.
  Oh gee! Oh joy!
    We're off to Finnøy!

     --Sam Ewing

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Ashcan School


"In the early part of the twentieth century, a maverick group of painters in New York City set the foundation for depicting the sheer variety and scale of life in the changing, surging metropolis. Their name, like that of the Impressionists, was initially a term of derision branded by the prevailing critics, though it ultimately became their banner of pride. The painters of the Ashcan School wanted to create a new kind of art rooted in the raw, visceral day-to-day reality of the city—not the New York that was depicted by the popular painters of the time, the American Impressionists William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam—the decidedly posh, haute bourgeoisie New York of Park Avenue, Central Park, and Washington Square—but the New York of the Lower East Side and the Bowery, of newly arrived immigrants, dockworkers, nightclub performers, saloon keepers, boxers, and the average worker trying to make ends meet while squeezing whatever small pleasure there was to be had out of life".  Source

"The Bridge, Blackwell's Island" (1909) George Bellows

"Cliff Dwelers"  George Bellows

"Men of the Docks" (1912) George Bellows

"New York"  (1909) George Bellows

"Snow in New York" Robert Henri

"Steaming Streets" (1908) George Bellows

Not sure how this relates to the Ashcan philosophy, but I like the kitty and the composition.

"Chinese Restaurant" (1909) John Sloan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Tug is making it difficult to work today..

He's in the middle of everything.

How can I move my arm with that paw holding it down?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Northwest Artist Chris Lehwalder

In 1996 I moved to the Pacific Northwest for the third time. I rented an apartment in Port Townsend for a few months, and one day I received a postcard  announcing the of showing of Chris Lehwalder's work at a local art gallery.  I didn't make it to the reception, but I did tape the card to my front door.

Today, I came across the postcard, and on his website, more of his work.

His work is very appealing to me--especially his whimsical studies.

Lehwalder noted that he painted this scene several times, but wasn't really happy with the results. When he let loose, he painted it this way.  It's my favorite. It reminds me of Tibor Gergely.