More Blue-Show Evening Lamps #19-36

December 13, 2016

The Blue Show Part 2 Sunday 12/18/16 2-5pm 717 Federal St. Philadelphia PA 19147 Another posting previewing The Blue Show, happening again this weekend; displaying eighteen (actually twenty) more Evening Lamps by Alden Willard Cole. Inspired by The Blue Grotto (in its many incarnations), the life-work of Randy Dalton – Philadelphia’s arts activist Mr. Blue […]

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The Blue Show Evening Lamps – #1-18

November 19, 2016

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” _ Wassily Kandinsky (18 Dec 1866 – 13 Dec […]

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Maine Vacation 2016 – Reconnections

November 16, 2016

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” – Victor Hugo (26 Feb 1802 – 22 May 1885) A major highlight of the September vacation to Maine was reconnecting with my friend Heidi, whom I had known in Portsmouth, NH while living there in the mid ’80s, and whom I had not […]

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The Blue Book: RISD Class of 1966

November 11, 2016

Last week I received a copy of the small 5×8 blue booklet, shown at left along with the 2-page spread focused on yours truly, recently published by my alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design. The publication celebrates the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1966, an event that happened in early October in Providence […]

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The Art of Nancy Goodwin-Hegg

November 1, 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – quote by Thomas Merton (31 Jan 1915 – 10 Dec 1968) Nancy Goodwin, a fellow artist and friend of long-standing, is seen at left in a photograph I took while visiting in late September, with her husband Garry Hegg, sitting on […]

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Whadizit? A 7-hole latrine from a Dayton, Maine outhouse, circa 1933

October 13, 2016

“Life on earth is such a good story you cannot afford to miss the beginning… Beneath our superficial differences we are all of us walking communities of bacteria. The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.” – Lynn Margulis (5 Mar 1938 – 22 Nov 2011) So what is this wooden plank […]

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Thornton Academy football team 1895

October 9, 2016

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul William “Bear” Bryant (11 Sep 1913 – 26 Jan 1983) Among the photographs in the Cole Family archives is one of Thornton Academy’s 1895 football team, which includes my grandfather Weymouth Harris […]

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Drawn in Portsmouth; revised in Philadelphia

September 6, 2016

Lincoln Perry • Pete’s Porch • oil on masonite panel, 8″ x 10″ • collection of Alden Cole Picking up where I left off with my August 23rd posting: Drawing Heidi R. with Lincoln Perry: To reiterate, Lincoln lived with me for a few months in Portsmouth, NH while he was in town working on […]

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The Heidi drawings: pencil plus watercolor, and ball-point pen

September 4, 2016

From sometime in 1984 until I left Portsmouth NH in 1986, I drew a number of sketches of Heidi R, with and without Lincoln Perry, using a variety of mediums: pencil, ball-point pen, pencil plus washes of watercolor, pure watercolor, but never oil paint, interestingly. 1. Portrait (above) • pencil and watercolor • ca. 10″ […]

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“X” marks the spot where my love of painting began forty-three years ago…

September 1, 2016

Down by the Riverside • oils on canvas-board, 12″ x 16″ • collection of the artist On the last day of August 1973, I painted my first oil painting, at age 29, sitting on the banks of the Saco River in Dayton, Maine, a quarter mile from where I had grown up. The following day […]

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1985: Drawing Heidi R. with Lincoln Perry

August 23, 2016

“Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art, and an unfaithful record.” – Andre Maurois (26 Jul 1885 – 9 Oct 1967) In the spring of 1982 before moving to Portsmouth, NH, I met Lincoln Perry at the […]

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August 13 & 14: three opening receptions happening this weekend

August 14, 2016

Several weeks ago, the Arts Council in Media, Pennsylvania invited the Dumpster Divers to strut their stuff at the council’s gallery during the month of August. Last Saturday, Divers Joel Spivak, Diane Keller, Jim Ulrich, Dan Enright, Joanne Hoffman, and myself transported a number of selected artworks to Media, where we spent the afternoon setting […]

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In Praise of Monochrome

August 7, 2016

“If I could put it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper (22 Jul 1882 – 15 May 1967) Drawing and painting in white monochrome on a dark surface, whether paper, panel or canvas, has been an area of interest to me for a number of years. Early in my […]

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In Praise of Herman Melville (1 Aug 1819 – 28 Sep 1891)

August 1, 2016

“From earth to heaven! High above me was Night’s shadowy bower, traversed, vine-like, by the Milky Way, and heavy with golden clusterings. Oh stars! oh eyes, that see me, wheresoe’er I roam: serene, intent, inscrutable for aye, tell me Sybils, what I am. – Wondrous worlds on worlds! Lo, round and round me, shining, awful […]

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In Praise of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947)

July 21, 2016

Put aside all prejudices — think freely. Be not downcast but full of hope. Flee not from life, but walk the path of salvation. – Nicholas Roerich (9 Oct 1874 – 13 Dec 1947) Star of the Hero by Nicholas Roerich, 1933 Sometime in the early 70s when I was just beginning to paint myself, […]

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