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

Hood Ornaments

Hood ornaments are from an elegant time in automobile manufacturing.

I remember some of these..

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wigwam Burner


I photographed this wigwam burner at a sawmill in Ashland, Oregon, in the late 1960's. It's gone now, as are most of these symbols of a time when sawdust and other wood waste had no use, and few people were affected by the smoke from their incineration.

I found this map of all the sawmills in Ashland.  As I recall, the one I photographed was near downtown, which is probably the reason it caught my eye--I knew it was history.  My guess is it was either the Workman or Lithia mill.

This may have been the one I photographed.

Thankfully, there a many pictures of wigwam (or behive) burners.

Here's a nice shiny new one.

I remember seeing them in operation on my travels.  Never at night, though.

It was only a matter of time before the cities grew and the smoke became intolerable.

Now they're relics and oddities in the landscape.

There was a wigwam burner in my town--that's it behind the smoke in this photo from the 1940's.

The mill is long gone, and the site has become a park.  Here are two pictures taken of informational signs at various places within the park. 

A recent photograph of  the mill site and the wigmam burner foundation. 

Looking towards Ruston Way (during a Fourth of July fair), the channels through which the ashes were removed at high tide are visible.

The Tilted Cone, which houses the glass Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, was inspired by the iconic shape of the wigwam burner.

Someone saw in wigwam burners what I saw.

I didn't know how to draw when wigwam burners populated the landscape, but I've since sketched the tilted cone.