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. 


  1. Wow! That's a gorgeous mural. I did not know about her and will definitely be reading up on her.

    On the other paw, what is pasted all over the pigs body?

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

    1. Why those are the labels off of wine, beer bottles. Bawheheeeeeee!
      We can be quite silly in Nati City.

  2. Hehe, so it IS true, pigs CAN fly!!!!
    How exciting having a painter as an ancestor
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Oh William that was super interesting, I think my brother Bacon must see this restaurant and I loved to read about Elizabeth Nourse. She is very popular in Brittany for her paintings of breton people (coming home from hcurch of penmarc'h). I like the work of your ancestor, I bet he had Speedy's mom in his mind as he created the two little girls and the rabbit. Thanks for a super interesting post, that was like history channel, just much better :o)

    1. That sold for like $19,000 dollars in 2012. Lee's grandmothers farm home was full of painting. To wit Lee got none. One was left to Lee but stolen the weekend after her Grandmothers dead in a car accident. No one cared to investigate who stole the painting.

  4. Lee's ancestor's painting can't be THAT old. Speedy Rabbit photo bombed it.

  5. Beautiful mural and paintings. Okay, I have to admit the pig is my favorite. Who doesn't think pigs are not cute especially piglets.

    Aroo to you,

  6. Hi Sweet William
    That is a truly impressive mural, celebrating an amazing lady. But oh it was interesting too, to learn about Lee's great great grandfather and his contribution to the artistic life of Richmond. His picture of the two little peeps is lovely and Lee must be very proud to have him as an ancestor.
    We are of course avidly following all YAM-Aunty's adventures across the Pond.
    Toodle pip!

  7. You have so much going on in your fair city with art. Your grandfather did beautiful work. I am sorry that the link to him was stolen from you.
    Your friend

  8. I keep saying this and saying this, but you live in the coolest place, wow pigs fly there. stella rose

  9. Ringy-Dingy-Dee, I just love when you show us your Nati City! That mural is gigantic! I wonder how they got the paint all the way up there? My Ma loves art too. So glad you have so much of it all around your fine city, Sir William.
    Your friend until the end....

  10. Hari OM
    OMD.. something I DIDN'T see on my own flight around Nati with Lee - that pig is amazing! Yes, the Nourse mural is a beauty - but Lee has got a much better photograph of it than I managed - it is easy to see why she loves it muchly!!! I loved reading about grandfather Mote - what a great legacy. And boooooo to the spoilers and thieves. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. The pigs were not out on your visit. Nati has over a hundred that are brought out for different occasions.
      You want to see pigs
      Here are a lot of them

    2. Last year we had the Big All-Star Mustache Gig in honor of Nati hosting the All Star Baseball Game.
      A lot of these things are sold to make money for ArtWorks.

  11. SHE got bird poop on her dog-walking sweater, so SHE's happy pigs don't fly. How exciting to have a relative's work in the museum!

    1. I am sure as a commercial artist your father had many works published in newspapers or on signs. Lee had a billboard once for a radio station.
      It was a contest.

  12. So pigs do fly!
    We don't know we were so close on our way to BAR. Will remember that if we ever get to the US again.

  13. We always love learning about your city and personal history. Too bad Lee did get one of those paintings.

  14. I hadn't heard about Elizabeth Nourse before - she has a very intense face.

    I love the adorable flying pig!

  15. you have so many interesting things to see in your city
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. That's a very cool pig and a wonderful mural!

    Thank you so much for celebrating my 10th Birthday with me! Purrs, Dragonheart

  17. Super artwork. There is a small town here that is promoting artwork and has quite a few interesting murals.

    The Florida Furkids