January 25, 2012


8 x 10, oil on canvas
This a still life set up featuring items of days gone by, which made me think of a Cole Porter song written in 1934, called "Anything Goes". In Mr. Porter's day, people took great pride in the clothes they wore and how they presented themselves. Fashion in the 21st century was projected by TV and movies (think Star Trek) to be Futuristic Matching Uniforms. It seems ludicrous now, but if you think about it, isn't that exactly what happened? Except, of course, designers have coined a cutting edge term for it: loungewear (not to be confused with pajamas, which look identical, but sport a considerably lower price tag)...
(just a we bit of humor for a Wednesday - beam me up Scottie)

"In olden days
a glimpse of stocking
was looked upon as something shocking,
but now, God knows,
anything goes"...
Cole Porter

January 18, 2012

"Save the clock tower!"

9 x 12, oil on canvas
Every time I see these old buildings, it brings a smile to my face, because I am instantly "transported" to the 1985 "Back to the Future" movie starring Michael J. Fox - a "timeless" family classic!
"Time changes everything
except something within us
that is always surprised by change."
Thomas Hardy

January 14, 2012

the quiet light

12 x 16, oil on canvas

"It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates.
It is light I "listen" to.
The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening.
After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light,
the air begins to still, and a quiet descends.
I see magic in the quiet light of dusk.
I feel quiet, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat.
A sense of magic prevails.
A sense of mystery.
It is a time for contemplation,
for listening..."
John Sexton

January 6, 2012

Life 101

12 x 16, oil on canvas

"The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson."
Tom Bodett