|Fledgling, 2016 8"x8", Oil on board|
Monday, October 10, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
|Towhee, 4x4" Oil on Board, 2016|
Friday, August 5, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
|Oriole, 8x8" Oil on Board, 2016|
To hear an oriole sing
May be a common thing,
Or only a divine.
It is not of the bird
Who sings the same, unheard,
As unto crowd.
The fashion of the ear
Attireth that it hear
In dun or fair.
So whether it be rune,
Or whether it be none,
Is of within;
The "tune is in the tree,"
The sceptic showeth me;
"No, sir! In thee!"
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|A Black Rainbow, 2016 Oil on Board, 10" x 10"|
The origin of Crow is well documented. In an article written in 198519, Hughes explained:
Crow grew out of an invitation by Leonard Baskin to make a book with him simply about crows. He wanted an occasion to add more crows to all the crows that flock through his sculpture, drawings, and engravings in their various transformations. As the protagonist of a book, a crow would become symbolic in any author’s hands. And a symbolic crow lives a legendary life. That is how Crow
|Crow Grinned, 2016, Oil on Board 10" x 10"|
When God, disgusted with man,
Turned towards heaven.
And man, disgusted with God,
Turned towards Eve,
Things looked like falling apart.
But Crow . . Crow
Crow nailed them together,
Nailing Heaven and earth together -
So man cried, but with God's voice.
And God bled, but with man's blood.
Then heaven and earth creaked at the joint
Which became gangrenous and stank -
A horror beyond redemption.
The agony did not diminish.
Man could not be man nor God God.
Crying: 'This is my Creation,'
Flying the black flag of himself.
Friday, March 25, 2016
|Crow Blacker Than Ever, 2016, Oil on Board, 12" x 12"|
Monday, February 29, 2016
|Flying the Black Flag of Himself, Oil on Board, 12" x 12"|
American crows are all black, even the legs and bill. But the light reflects colors that appear blue, purple, gray. When they molt the feathers can appear brownish. This fellow is not molting. They sometime appear squat to me with their thick neck and short, round, squared off tail, which seems to short for such a big bold guy.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
|4 Paintings, Oil on Board, 12" x 12"|
Crows are present in much folklore, myth and visual arts. If you were to include ravens and blackbirds the list would grow. My favorite piece of crow literature is the poem Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
|River Lee, 2015 Cork City, Oil on Board, 18" x 36"|
Cork City center is built on the River Lee where it divides into two channels and forms an island. Cork in Gaelic means marsh. The mouth empties into Cork Harbor which is one of the world's largest natural harbors. The city, typical of Ireland, was filled with buskers and laughing people.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
|Cypresses, Oil on Linen, 56" x 34"|
Bayou Dorcheat is a stream whose source is in Nevada County, Arkansas and mouth ends some 115 miles later in Lake Bistineau, Louisiana. Bayou is a French term used in the US for a body of water typically found in a flat, low-lying area. It can refer to a slow-moving stream or river, or to a marshy lake or wetland. Dorcheat is the typical slow moving stream which widens at places into a river. This painting is a composed of points of view taken from photographs my brother, John Ed, took while boating on Dorcheat. It will be going to Arkansas where it will reside in the home of my brother Robert and his wife Marla near Dorcheat.