Paintings, post 1996
Bluebirds In October
1995, 20x24, oil
This is the transition piece, after Bill read of Van Gogh's attempts to transcend mere photographic realism. The foreground, the coyote, the tree, are all very realistic, in the style of his earlier representational work. The sky, however, is a precursor to the more abandoned style that he would develop.
Soul Of The Tyger
If You Can't Stand The Heat, Stay Out Of The Kitchen
And Then Came Man
A woefully common misconception is that adults in positions of authority know what they're doing.
Before any match was struck or candle lighted, someone spoke well of the sun
How Colonels Become Generals
I was on the field for a short time yesterday afternoon—it was a dreadful sight—dead men, women and children. More squaws were killed than men. I have never been in a fight before where women were killed, and I hope never to be. Our loss was 50 killed and wounded.
Major Edwin C. Mason
from a letter written to his wife,
August 18, 1877
Next Level Of Civilization
In this world we think we know,
something will always
be hidden, whether a fern-rib
traced in the oldest rock,
or a force behind our face,
like the pulse of a reptile,
dim and electric.
A possibility we hadn't
thought of, too tall
and thick to be believed.
The Caged Bird
This bird was happy once in the high trees
You cage it in your cellar, bring it seed,
Honey to sip, all that its heart can need
Or human love can think of: till it sees,
Leaping too high within its narrow room
The old familiar shadow of the leaves,
And spurns the seed with tiny desperate claws.
Naught but the woods despairing pleads,
The woods, the woods again, it grieves, it grieves.
Bothius, Roman 480 –524 AD
Souls Of The Deluded
Sunny Day In Yellowstone
A Trip I Remeber
“The weather was not what he knew it once
The nights were terribly damp;
And he never was free of the rheumatiz
Except when he had the cramp”
Children Love Justice
For Children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
G. K. Chesterton
The Horse Herd
Be Thou Always As A Stranger And A Guest Upon This Earth
We have a criminal jury system which
is superior to any in the world; and
its efficiency is only marred by
the difficulty of finding twelve
men every day who don't know
anything and can't read.
Mark Twain, 1873
Go Forth And Multiply
Old Natives, Bold Natives
There are old natives and bold natives, but no old, bold natives.
(Adapted from a phrase about pilots during WWII)
And so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living things.
Sinners, Ailing Beast, And Angels
Hope And Truth For The Little Sinners
They Meant Well
The year the last known Tasmanian wolf was killed, the legislature passed a law protecting the species.
To know what you prefer instead of accepting what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
Robert Louis Stevenson