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The Deal of the Arts

For What It's Worth This self-portrait was painted by Rembrandt in 1660. It's called the Altman Rembrandt, because it was bequeathed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) by Benjamin Altman. I assume to bequeath is to give for free, but I'm sure Altman paid dearly...

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Love of Labor

The Picnic Happy Labor Day to you. Whether you labor in a field, a factory, an office, or a home, this is a day to honor you. My father was a factory worker. He worked on the assembly line. He was a United Auto Worker, and fiercely proud of it. In retirement he rode...

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Play

A Brief Note This is my first post in a while. Just as I recommited to posting once a week, I suffered a detached retina, underwent surgery, and went into a fairly slow recovery which is still happening. I'm getting better each day, but the fixed eye is still quite...

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Signs

Getting Our Kicks After a couple hours of driving south out of Chicago we were ready for a break, and I suggested we go into Pontiac, IL. I remembered a quaint town square surrounding the courthouse, and that the town promised a pleasant, nostalgic atmosphere. What I...

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Poor in Spirit

  There were some present at that very time who told him (Jesus) about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they...

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Sweeping Beauty

Mid-Century Modern My art education was at the  St. Louis Community College campus at Forest Park. This spare and efficient urban campus, designed by prominent mid-century architect Edward Durell Stone, rose from the ashes of the Forest Park Highlands amusement park....

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Patient Whimsy

Patient adjective 1. able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. I've been an illustrator for a long time. Long enough to remember using older tools of the commercial artist's craft. Stuff like Rubylith, rubber...

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Creatures

Spike For Valentine's Day Judy gave me this Topsy Turvy mug. I have a small collection of toys, trinkets, stuffed animals and a few gee-gaws in my studio. Emphasis on a few, I'm not a "collector" of stuff and being something of a minimalist, I believe less is more....

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Jazz

Louis Armstrong When I was a kid, we didn't go to church on Sunday night. Nobody I knew went to church on Sunday night. We watched Ed Sullivan on Sunday night. Everybody I knew watched Ed Sullivan on Sunday night. This was the heyday of The Ed Sullivan Show. I saw...

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Piece of My Heart

The Day Valentine's Day, St. Valentine's Day, to be exact, is a holiday fraught with ambiguity. No sooner have the stores removed the trees, ornaments, and Santa's throne, the hearts appear. Pink-hearted cards, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, chalky heart candy...

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A Light Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Have you ever attended one of those dinners where people are invited without knowing who the other guests will be? The idea is to make new acquaintances and enjoy an evening of pleasant surprises. These dinners are fun. Usually. Sometimes...

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Funny Food

Are You a Food Person? Probably not. I'm not talking about a lover of food, I mean a food person.  Like the Coffee Bean Lady pictured above. She's a ripe, pre-roasted coffee bean. She's in the marketing tradition of using anthropomorphic viddles to sell products. Mr....

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Can We Talk?

The Big Day I'm from a large family of four boys and three girls, and I'm number three in the bunch. Or third oldest, as I always seem to say. A large blue collar family dependent upon urban transportation had limited entertainment options. We had a few Big Day events...

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Upside Down Whimsy

Whimsical or Not? My post from last week, entitled Christmas Whimsy, received a comment suggesting that Christmas was not whimsical. Since I like to think of a blog as a dialogue, all respectful comments are welcome and worth pondering. And so I pondered. Since one...

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