Monday, July 25, 2016

Sitting On Money

Okie Dokie Lee told me, Sweet William The Scot, I had to go to the Main Branch Library.
Well we arrived early and was waiting for the door to open.  As we were waiting I said to Lee we have gone by this sculpture like a million times, what is it?  Lee said dang if she knew!
Lee looked it up on the internet to see.
Well it is a  3,800-pound, 20-foot tall painted steel sculpture by Louise Nevelson.  It is called
Sky Landscape II.
It was commissioned by Macy's.
It was given to the City of Cincinnati and relocated here at my library.
A Louise Nevelson Sculpture, I was sitting on big money figuratively and literally.
Nevelson was an American sculptor but born in Kiev, Russia, and at age five, moved to the States.
A unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white.
Yep this sculpture is as black as me.
Her work is seen in major collections in museums and corporations but this one sits right outside my Main Branch Library in Nati City.
Each viewing angle yields new juxtapositions.  Juxtaposition is a circumstance where two unlike things are next to one another. Yep I see that in this sculpture.

It is said she smoked small cigars, and wore exceedingly long, fake eyelashes was thin and draped clothes haphazardly.  Lee says she needs to develop a look.  I have my look, yep I have a long beard and a boy skirt!
As for sitting on money well when I stood up dang I had a quarter stuck to my bum by chewed gum.
Yuk was it sticky and dam did that hurt when Lee pulled it off.
The heat index is like a 105 degrees.
I see you in there!
Open Up we are under a heat alert!

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot
Lee promised me a ride on the ducks and we missed the boat.
 As usual missing the boat around here happens often.
 We were right across the street and there goes the boat around the corner.  Yep these Ducks take you across the Ohio River from Nati to Newport, Kentucky.  Dog Gone It!

If you would like to read about Aunty Yam's visit with us here is the site

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pigs Fly and A Favorite Mural

I, Sweet William The Scot, came back into town to show you another mural. 
Can pigs fly?  Well in my Nati City they can.
I was just walking past this restaurant and this pig just flew out overhead.
Pigs around here just need to take some care in their flights and watch out for pedestrians.
Now I want to show you one of Lee's favorite murals around the corner.
Another ArtWorks reproduction right above my head.
A six story high portrait.
Don't drop any paint on my furs.
Elizabeth Nourse was a realist-style painter born in a suburb of my Nati City.
A graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
She has been called the first woman painter of America.
Look at the detail in her face.
She also had the honor of having one of her paintings purchased by the French government and adopted into the Luxembourg Museum's permanent collection.  Did Easy help purchase this painting?
She died in 1938(1938-10-08) in Paris, France.
During the WWI, Nourse defied the tendency of most American emigres to return home and remained in Paris.
Her self-portrait was painted in 1892 and shows the artist looking directly at the viewer.

Another reason Lee knew a lot about the area the BAR was held was because of her great great grandfather and his legacy there. 
He was a regionally famous painter.
For a Quaker he ventured to follow his inner light down an unconventional path.
It was his advocacy of art as part of the school curriculum that is his true legacy. He managed to convince the Richmond School system to include drawing in school eight years before the State of Indiana mandated drawing as part of the school curriculum. This legacy helped to prepare the ground for Richmond’s early reputation as an art center.

This picture of his was on the Antique Roadshow and was appraised for $8,000 a number of years ago.
Lee loves art.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 

Sweet William The Scot

Pssssss ~   Yamini MacLean who stayed here a few days will be telling about her visit in Nati City.  You can read about it here     if you would like to see more about Nati City and her visit. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dedicated To Martha

I drove into my downtown Nati City to show you something special.
Parking is easy in my new Tub Car.

Martha, lived out her last days at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Martha was the last passenger pigeon on Earth.
Extinct gone forever, what was once the most numerous bird species in America.
 Martha died in 1914.
6,500 square feet on a side of a downtown building we have a mural.
ArtWorks reproduced an original John A. Ruthven.  A masterpiece.
It took 103 days to be completed.  Look at the size of the passenger pigeon's wing compared to me in the center bottom of the picture.
The mural is dedicated to Martha and Passenger Pigeons.
How I, Sweet William The Scot, wish I could have seen Martha and her flocks fly.
Lets all work together to not let another species go extinct.
Here in this two minute video you can watch the mural being painted.
Hit the YouTube if you want full screen.

Well now I got to pick up my girl friend Bella for the dance over at Christmas' Blog.
Hope Bella likes my stylish Tub Car.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Psss ~ Don't Bella and I, Sweet William, cut the rug magnificently.