Would you have liked to go fly-fishing in the Adirondacks with Winslow Homer? For sure I would, despite total lack of interest in fishing. I would just loll around watching the action, like the implied action in this painting; the colors; the sparkly light; the beautiful lines of the canoe. The bright white hat does imply blackfly season, though. Would he have been so foolish as to go up there during blackfly season? Maybe it was just somebody’s favorite hat.... [Read More]
A century ago, it was common for all kinds of buildings to be designed for beauty as well as for function. The enterprises that built these structures cared about beauty as well as function. The ornamentation on this power plant, built about 120 years ago and decommissioned in 2007, is entirely unrelated to the generation of electric power. It could have done without the lunettes, the molding, and the other elements that make the building less drab. This page has some better pictures, including some of the interior. There’s some nice tile work and wrought iron ornamentation.
Here’s something to go along with the daily APOD, if you like. WikiArt Visual Encyclopedia has an Artwork of the Day. If the day’s offering is lovely, I set it as my desktop picture, maybe read up a little, and moon about during the ensuing hours about how the thing looks, who the person was who created it and how he lived, how blind I am generally to what is about me (on account of mooning about,) and what poor consolation I can dredge up in the form of such paltry skills as I do have.... [Read More]
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]
I like Penn and Teller. I looked at an interview with Teller talking about his film “Tim’s Vermeer”. I had often wondered what his voice sounded like so I listened. His film so intrigued me I looked for a clip. Here is a clip from the film.