Monday, March 28, 2016

Paintings from the '30s

Subway by Lily Furedi, 1934 New York

Baseball at Night by Morris Kantor, 1934 New York

In the Barber Shop by Ilya Bolotowsky, 1934, New York

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Resurrection Symbology

Sleeping soldiers by Christ tomb --Milesevo monastery

"(We) say that the meaning of Christ's resurrection is as follows: the disciples were troubled and agitated after the martyrdom of Christ. The Reality of Christ, which signifies His teachings, his bounties, his perfections, and his spiritual power, was hidden and concealed for two or three days after his martyrdom, and was not resplendent and manifest. No, rather it was lost; for the believers were few in number and were troubled and agitated. The Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body; and, when after three days the disciples became assured and steadfast, and began to serve the Cause of Christ of Christ, and resolved to spread the divine teachings, putting his counsels into practice, and arising to serve him,... his religion found life, his teachings and admonitions became evident and visible. In other words, the Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body, until the life and bounty of the Holy Spirit surrounded it."   --Abdu'l-Baha 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Flags at Half-Staff

This is from the  latest email from Flags Unlimited:

"The correct procedure for displaying the flag at half-staff is to raise the flag to the top of the pole briskly, pause for a moment, and then slowly bring it down to where the top of the flag is at a position approximately halfway between the top and bottom of the pole."

Option 1 approximates the configuration. I think my Option 2 should become the standard.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Flowering Orchards

"The color chartreuse, is the sign of new life, rebirth, hope and good things to come…" posted Laurel Bern.  It also happens to be her favorite color---mine too.    

She posted this painting of an orchard by Vincent.

Van Gogh was prolific in capturing Spring in the countryside.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pilgrim's Shoes and Purse

When I retire I'm going to paint these pilgrim's shoes and purse.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing (guitar cover)

From YouTube:

Commentor: Ok kid. I don't often compliment musicians (I am one myself). You play it well, but there's another important factor here. You exposed the chordings phrasings and licks in such a way that you are actually making it easy to understand. It is obvious that was your intention. You are not only a fine guitar picker, you would make an excellent guitar instructor. Great job!

Guitarist:  Thank you very much, sir. This is exactly how my guitar teacher described to me why Mark Knopfler is such a great guitar player. He 'plays over the chords', finds the exact notes that matter on the chord being played, and also the transition notes between chords. And then makes great little melodies with them. Thank you again!

Thursday, March 10, 2016



He's trained me to give him a treat when he gets up on the elephant..

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

On the way to Idaho


Early one morning in Pendleton, Oregon,  I went out with my camera and sketchbook and serendipitiously  came across the Baha'i Center.  It was the first local center I had ever seen, and I wondered what the curious thought went on inside, and what Baha'is believe.*

It's a habit of mine to to look at the built environment and think of ways I would visually and practically improve it. To make the center more inviting, I would articulate the entrance, and shade it from what I would imagine to be a very hot Eastern Oregon afternoon sun.

There may be an ordinance requiring a percentage of the property to be devoted to off-street parking, which makes the asphalt practical. If that's the case, I'd keep it simple.

* 'God, the Creator of the universe, is all-knowing, all-loving and all-merciful. Just as the physical sun shines on the world, so the light of God is shed upon all Creation. Through the teachings of the Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and, in more recent times, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh—humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated.

Humanity, having passed through the ages of infancy and childhood, now stands at the threshold of its collective maturity, the hallmark of which will be the unification of the human race in a global civilization. The emergence of this civilization, prosperous in both its spiritual and material dimensions, implies that the spiritual and practical aspects of life are to advance harmoniously together'.  

Monday, March 7, 2016


A good week to live in the Northwest!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

От Деда Медведь (From Grandfather Bear)

A juggling bear for the sweetest granddaughter on her first birthday.