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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The Portsmouth Paintings of Inner Nature 1984-6: In Search of Montsalvat

July 16, 2016

“I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.” – Gustave Courbet (10 Jun 1819 – 31 Dec 1877) Magic Mountain • oil on canvas 38″ x 26″ • collection of Steve […]

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The Dumpster Divers in City Hall for the “Get Out the VOTE Philly!” show

July 10, 2016

“Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed.” — DeForest Soaries (20 Aug 1951 – ) The Dumpster Divers, seen pictured at left in a posterized photo from last years Awards Banquet, an annual event held at Famous Deli at 4th & Bainbridge Streets in Philadelphia, […]

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2016

2014: Long May It Wave, Dayton, Maine • oils on canvas-board 16″ x 12″ • collection of the artist Below, a dramatic Philadelphia skyline from two nights ago, plus a selection of recent photographs featuring the star players in this years garden.

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The ’80s: the return to naturalism – a (small) gallery of figure drawings and portraits in color

June 25, 2016

“In a sense, every work you do is a self-portrait because your paintings always reveal more about you than about your subject. Your experience of something, not the something itself, is the true underlying subject of every work you do.” – Richard Schmid (5 Oct 1934 – ) 1983: Portrait of Mary Pillsbury • oil […]

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The ’80s: the return to naturalism – landscape painting revisited

June 15, 2016

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1966: Half a Century ago… graduating from RISD – Rhode Island School of Design

June 8, 2016

It’s Cap and Gown time of year again, and this morning I reflected on the fact that 50 years ago – a half-century – on 3 June 1966 – a Friday that year as well – I graduated from RISD with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel Design. And it’s been an uphill climb […]

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