Category Archives: Art

A Tale of Two Statues

I posted this a few years ago but since it’s 4th of July time and American history discussions are taking place all over the media, it seems like a good time to re-post. Enjoy!

Kickin' Hun Butt

Kickin' Hun Butt

Driving through Rhinebeck, NY, my eyes fell upon this chunk of manhood you see to the left. It’s dedicated to the town’s fallen soldiers of all wars. I’m assuming that it was originally dedicated to the War To End All Wars, probably done in the 1920s/30s. He’s someone Stan Lee would draw as a WWI superhero.

Arms which worked on upper New York farm fields or in the factories along Lake Ontario’s shores. Legs that jumped over any No Man’s Land seen along the French/Belgium border. He’s fully loaded, if you know what mean. What’s that he’s reaching for in his UTILITY BELT? Ammo? Grenades? Nobody wears a gas mask around his neck like this soldier. French Dames and English Roses fainted at the sight of him and the Von Schliefen plan didn’t have a chance against this guy. And there is no words for his stance. Wow…

At the site of him, I made Hubby (who is a chunk of manhood in his own right) stop the car. Rhinebeck is in a rural area though the town seems slightly upscale. I like a municipality that isn’t ashamed of their veterans.

Hailing a Cab?

Hailing a Cab?

The same can’t be said for Brunswick, Maine. They claim one of the most Butt-Kickin’ Union generals of all time, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, hero of Little Round Top. I could go on for hours about this man. How does Brunswick celebrate him? Look at his statue to the left. Chamberlain was a Bowdoin College professor who left a comfortable job and loving family to fight. He fought with the “Soul of a Lion.” Does the man to the left give you that impression?

Not only does he look tired and his uniform ill-fitting but where’s his accoutrements of war? The original statue had Chamberlain holding a sword. The good citizens of Brunswick thought that was TOO MILITARY. Instead, he’s holding his hat. He looks older than his actual age during the Civil War.
Make your own commentary for these two depictions of manhood and soldiering. I know which one I prefer.

Hubris Or What?

nightgardenlogoI suppose you could call it hubris but I’ve done a crazy, yet painless thing. With much prompting from Hubby, I’ve opened an online store on CafePress.com called Night Garden Photography. I went ahead when a number of folks liked some of my images and a couple of online travel publications (Trazzler.com and Schmap.com) have used my photos (with permission, of course).

It’s a work in progress and I have much more to add. So please visit, let me know what ya think and, more importantly, buy stuff!

Cult of Personality

This morning, I was perusing the old hometown newspaper, The New Bedford Standard Times. Printed on the front page of the Lifestyle section was a large colorful abstract painting. Beneath the painting was an article which took up most of the page: Dartmouth Man Inspired by Obama. (No, we the editors are not biased at all.)

$1,475

“Obama” by Tom Bob. Ebay selling price: $1,475

The money quote: “By connecting graphic images and symbols, I set out to create a painting that represents the totality of Barack Obama,” Tom Bob said. “My hope is that the viewer’s eye shifts between geometric abstraction and the recognizable images that make up this kaleidoscopic image of Obama.”

I think Tom Bob is the 21 century Da Vinci. He has captured his subject like that famous Italian artist captured the essence…no…the mystery of the Mona Lisa. Tom Bob has captured the vapidness and nothingness that is THE ONE.

Tom Bob is one of thousands who submitted artwork to the Manifest Hope Gallery Contest sponsored by MoveOn.org. Congrats to Tom Bob for being a finalist in that most illustrious contest. And congrats to me for writing Tom Bob seven times with a straight face.

Worth a Thousand Words

Chronicles Magazine, October 2008. Artist: George McCartney.

A Tale of Two Statues

Kickin' Hun Butt

Kickin' Hun Butt

Driving through Rhinebeck, NY, my eyes fell upon this chunk of manhood you see to the left. It’s dedicated to the town’s fallen soldiers of all wars. I’m assuming that it was originally dedicated to the War To End All Wars, probably done in the 1920s/30s. He’s someone Stan Lee would draw as a WWI superhero.

Arms which worked on upper New York farm fields or in the factories along Lake Ontario’s shores. Legs that jumped over any No Man’s Land seen along the French/Belgium border. He’s fully loaded, if you know what mean. What’s that he’s reaching for in his UTILITY BELT? Ammo? Grenades? Nobody wears a gas mask around his neck like this soldier. French Dames and English Roses fainted at the sight of him and the Von Schliefen plan didn’t have a chance against this guy. And there is no words for his stance. Wow…

At the site of him, I made Hubby (who is a chunk of manhood in his own right) stop the car. Rhinebeck is in a rural area though the town seems slightly upscale. I like a municipality that isn’t ashamed of their veterans.

Hailing a Cab?

Hailing a Cab?

The same can’t be said for Brunswick, Maine. They claim one of the most Butt-Kickin’ Union generals of all time, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, hero of Little Round Top. I could go on for hours about this man. How does Brunswick celebrate him? Look at his statue to the left. Chamberlain was a Bowdoin College professor who left a comfortable job and loving family to fight. He fought with the “Soul of a Lion.” Does the man to the left give you that impression?   

Not only does he look tired and his uniform ill-fitting but where’s his accoutrements of war? The original statue had Chamberlain holding a sword. The good citizens of Brunswick thought that was TOO MILITARY. Instead, he’s holding his hat. He looks older than his actual age during the Civil War.
Make your own commentary for these two depictions of manhood and soldiering. I know which one I prefer.