Category Archives: Art

On the Hunt for Another

billy_dee_colt45_poster

I took one of these once and put it up in my apartment. It’s a great poster. I need to get another one. I wonder if any are on eBay. (Yes, yes, I know stealing is wrong. It was a big color copy of the original, from a laser printer, probably from Kinko’s, hanging outside a convenience store.)

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Iconic. Bravery. Friendship. Touching.

AF26108 Townsend

I have been looking through some imagery created by the talented artists of the AEF, the American Expeditionary Forces, during the nastiness that was the First World War, and I came across this one, a new favorite, of a soldier carrying his wounded buddy. A sketch by Harry Everett Townsend using charcoal on paper, it hangs in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum.

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The Vanity of an Artist

I actually referenced this David Hockney quote during an interview with the Seattle Symphony today.

I talked about how I feel very much the same way. I am mostly introverted, with moments of extrovert activity for public performances, etc.

I am performing with a group at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Wednesday, March 8, though I’d prefer to sit in the bank of the recital hall and watch it play out.

I love the composing part of music, where I am mostly in the background. I would like to do the same for public performance, sit in the very back or perhaps stand, but I will instead be on stage, in a mix with professional and amateur musicians.

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🎨 Workin’ on an image of Gramps, Grandpa Hill. Perhaps an etching.

A bitmap image of my grandfather, Raymond ‘Ray’ Leslie Hill, created from a photograph of my grandparents having fun at the state fair in Huron, South Dakota in 1945.

It took awhile, quite a bit of tweaking and playing about using software such as GIMP and Inkscape, but I have finally got the photo of grandpa to a point where I can blow it up, easily copy it by hand. So now I have to determine how I am going to use it. I am thinking about an etching or engraving. We will see. I will start playing around. The lack of contrast in his face presented numerous problems.

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