It’s New Year’s Eve and I decided I would add a new path to this blog – “The Art Highway”. Since art and photography along with writing and musing are major parts of what I do in my life I figure it’s a natural fit. I am also adding a page with photography titled “The Photography Trail”.
So let’s get started on this road with works from the past couple of weeks. You can look for many posts featuring new art as it is created throughout the coming year. As you will see I delve in a wide variety of styles, mediums, techniques and subject matter.
“Crime and Punishment – In The Belly Of The Beast”
From the Inside Flap. A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37 year old man’s account of 25 years behind bars.
—(If you haven’t read this it’s quite a compelling read written by a most unusual man.)
Would A Clock Surrealist Create Dripping Dalís?
This is my homage to Salvador Dali the great surrealist probably most recognized for his dripping clocks.
“Johnny Paycheck – Still Real After All These Years”
They broke the mold. Johnny Paycheck is and was one of the true country and honky-tonk outlaws. So many great songs through the years. A real troubadour and fascinating man. Probably his most recognizable song and biggest hit was “Take This Job and Shove It!”
“The Full Snow Moon”
“The Full Snow Moon”. This is a scene from Lutz Hollow which runs at the bottom of the little mountain we live on known as Buck Hill about 9 miles from the town of Mt. Jackson in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia.
Solitudity does not necessarily mean loneliness.
This is a creek that runs through the town of Edinburg, VA. This scene is at an area next to the Edinburg Museum along the Old Valley Pike (Rt. 11) which has always been the main thoroughfare through the Shenandoah valley. Running parallel a few miles west is Interstate 81 a more recently created route that bypasses all the little valley towns. I try to avoid 81 as much as possible.
Wasteland of the Mind – The Memory Dump
As I grow older my memory dump continues to fill and expand causing less available space in my mind to remember and aids in the ability to forget.
“Battle & Center Streets”
This is a street intersection in Old Town Manassas, Virginia. I lived on the outskirts of Manassas for about 5 years. I spent many long nights in Old Town at bars, lounges and restaurants there. Places like Carmello’s and Okra’s which are situated across the corner from each other where this scene lies. Up the street are the City Tavern, Mackey’s and Philadelphia Tavern. I met a lot of great people there most I can still call friends.
I saw and listened to some very good musicians and bands. One of my favorites was Whop Frazer. He played bass and sang. He was always accompanied by a great group of musicians. They played blues and funk. Whop passed away back in June 2012. I miss him and his sound.
I too often miss all these places and people of that town. To say the least, it was a blast!
- Salvador Dalí retrospective has Paris art fans reaching for record books (guardian.co.uk)
- On my radar: The Expressionist Photography (itswhatiminto.com)
- What is Photographic Fine Art? Thomas Hodges (art-antiques-design.com)
- Shenandoah River Valley Virginia (ireport.cnn.com)
- My Shenandoah Valley Adventure (anxiouscynic.wordpress.com)