Thursday, May 31, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Folky yarn baby

Circa 1900, great face. A mother's or grandmother's or aunt's textile portrait inspired by a newborn?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Squatting boy

Tricycle boy hops off to examine something on the walkway as blurry dad flies in top right.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pancho Gonzales by Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy (d. 1977) was a Pennsylvania vegetable grower and seller who for years painted obsessively in obscurity before achieving recognition in the 1960s. The artists and collectors Dorothy and Sterling Strauser brought McCarthy's work to the fore after seeing his paintings at an outdoor show. Celebrities like Pancho Gonzales were a favorite subject of McCarthy's. Gonzales (d. 1995) was the world's top tennis player in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Artnet has an excellent article on McCarthy. He's one of those artists who probably deserves more acclaim.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sneeze, excellent form

Another mundane roadside photo op turns unexpectedly exciting when the subject is overcome with a sneeze.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Found object

I'm calling this carving a found object because it was found today behind a family photo on a mantel, where it had been for quite some time, forgotten. I don't remember where the heck I got this thing, but I'm guessing some outdoor show like Brimfield. An interesting detail: Above the left eye is a heart-shaped indentation. Did the carver make that? I don't know.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tractor part

I like machinery relics because often the form is interesting and the surface pretty.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

United Forever

A folky carved hardwood plaque showing an eagle's talons firmly planted in two hearts. One says United, the other Forever.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sister Gertrude Morgan ark painting

Sister Gertrude Morgan was a colorful minister, musician and artist who preached in New Orleans in the 1960s and 70s. She wore a Bride of Christ white outfit. Morgan died in 1980. The painting here, showing Noah's Ark resting on the Mountains of Ararat, has been in the same family for 28 years and was just consigned to Candler Arts. Note that Sister Gertrude is standing at the bow. The painting was part of a 1988 show of naive art at the Midwest Museum of American Art.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Carved head, chalk pipe

Carved bust with bulging forehead, late 19th century, possibly from western New York State. The pipe is chalkware.