Looking for Lydia; Finding Life

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                 I’ll introduce my friend and guest blogger, Molly Roper Jenkins, with a couple of stories–especially appropriate since we met because I could not find any stories about Lydia Roper.   First, I think “phone enquiry” is a rather refined description of the circumstances of our first contact. […]

Sheila Dinwiddie: Riding the Ring of Years, The Full Text

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   Riding the Ring of Years The Full Text She stepped outside her door She stepped outside her door morning paper early, into a world made private by the sleepers inside, her heart’s hope chest     locked away            airtight. stepped into an apple green April day when the clear air stopped her, made her […]

Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Words

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Lanie Goodman Betsy Dillard Stroud David Pagel In a conversation with Lanie Goodman, Joseph Raffael described his way of working on the large paintings for which he is known: “I find a place . . . that interests me–it might be a color, or an expanse or a very complex area that may end up […]

Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Reflections

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(Moving Toward the Light II watercolor on paper, 87 1/2″ x 49″ 2015)   The description of Moving Toward the Light on Joseph Raffael’s website reads in part: “A major new book on the artist covering the past 17 years of his life and work in the South of France. Reproducing 88 works in rich […]

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty . . .”

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Joseph Raffael (Haiku Fish, Color Lithograph) The lithograph, “Haiku Fish,” featured on this blog hangs now in my son’s home. It was a gift to me, many years ago, from the artist. It is Friday the 3rd of February 2017, just past 1:00, and I am home from some time with good friends, looking at […]

Portrait + + Grace Harwood “I am a voice”

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The painting featured at the top of this blog is 36″ x 48″, acrylic on white duck canvas. It is the second in the collection of  three paintings that Grace Harwood calls “The Hiroshima Series.” The image arrived last week in an email in which Grace explained,  “I’m attaching the Hiroshima painting that I would rather you […]