Art by the Foot Project

We are still reeling from the unexpected loss of Zeus. We have lost family, friends and pets before as many of you have but this loss was such a shock. We still find ourselves reeling from it. We all miss him terribly.

Poor Sampson is of course devastated. They hadn’t been apart in over ten years. We know it will take him some time to adjust but for now we are taking extra care with him, the poor guy.

I did this acrylic of Zeus, it’s a foot square and will be on display at the Figge Museum in Davenport as part of a community art project.

This piece is also on display. It is again on a one foot foam square. The museum gave each artist two to paint on. This is a mixed media piece with acrylic, a linoprint and pen drawing.  It is the lino print of the north wind but reversed from the one I showed you in a prior post. I added it to a stormy acrylic sky with a pen and ink drawing of the man that the Sun and North Wind were toying with.

I did it at the last minute over another painting so I hope that it holds up on display. I’m a bit nervous about it.

If you’re in the Quad Cities area,  The Art by the Foot exhibit is open and it displays art made by artists of all ages and abilities from the Quad-City area. The works were collected this spring and were required to be made on boards provided by the Figge. All of the works will be on view in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery from June 20th to September 1st.

I have to say, I love this idea and I thought it so clever of the museum to give artists this chance. I also love that it ranges from professionals to small children. That sort of encouragement is priceless!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. ~ Herbert Hoover

When you enter the Presidential Library of Herbert Hoover, there is a  beautifully made mixed media piece by Richard Pinney.  There are wood carvings and photographs and all sorts of bits and pieces.  I was quite taken with it and inspired as well.

Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty. ~ Herbert Hoover

Children are our most valuable natural resource. ~ Herbert Hoover

These dolls were given to President Hoover by Belgian children as a thank you for his war famine relief efforts.  The lady doll seems to be imploring the rather haughty male doll. I am not sure why he has his back to her but I am quite sure that his hat is to die for.

There’s also a slightly out of focus ghostly reflection that appears to be wearing a rather dashing black and white checkered coat. Interesting.

This toy fire truck was made in dedication to the fire fighters who put out the fire at the White House in 1929.

The fire started in the White House attic where 200,000 government pamphlets about all sorts of subjects were stored and then had the good sense to set themselves ablaze.

The President, his son and several other men, worked to remove as many files and historical items as possible while Mrs. Hoover carried on with the Christmas party for children she was hosting.  The children apparently didn’t notice the fire and good times were had.  Mrs. Hoover later handed out cast iron fire trucks to the children that had been at the party.

Hebert Hoover certainly had his share of foibles as all people do but he was an interesting man who did interesting things.  I highly recommend going to his library if you’re in the area.  If you like to meander, the grounds are quite large and perfect for a stroll.  He is buried on the grounds. 

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Public Art in Davenport, Iowa

I love this statue. It was created in 2002, in copper and steel by B. Thomas Lytle. It sits on 2nd Avenue, in Davenport, Iowa.

“Gossips”

sculpture Davenport Iowa Lytle

This lantern is on top a post in Davenport, on River Drive.

lantern Davenport Iowa

This woman is part of a sculpted bronze memorial to Irish immigrants by Louis Quaintance.

 

©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2017

 

9/11

This is my mother standing on the World Trade Center’s 107th floor of the South Tower while it was being built. My father was an electrical engineer who worked on it and my mother bribed the construction workers to let her go up there.

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While she was up there taking photos, I drew little square elephants on some of the girders that were waiting to go to the higher floors.

I know logically they were lost in the devastation and tragedy of that day and I know that it matters not a bit.

But somewhere in the back of my mind where I’m still a very little girl, I picture my elephants dancing and playing with the souls of the lost.

And while I grieve for all, I wish for them an eternity of joy and love.

And peace.
Always peace.

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9/11 peace elephant.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

Take me out to the Airshow..

Take me out to the airshow!

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Airshow barrel roll plane.

Take me out with the crowd!

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Show me a bright orange plane

Flying high!

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Look! It’s a parachute up in the sky!

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And there’s three four AT-6 Texans

Leaving wide smoke trails..

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For it’s a helicopter..

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And a Zero

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And a Heritage Flight

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At the old Airshow!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme is “Free Spirit”.

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What is freer than flying through the clouds like a bird…

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Up Up and away..upside down that is

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Dancing with the birds..

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The Iron Eagles that is..

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And one Thunderbird

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And two Thunderbirds..

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And Four Thunderbirds!

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And six Thunderbirds!!

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Even the cloud trails were spectacular.

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This post is dedicated to a true Free Spirit, Pilot Glenn Smith, who lost his life during an accident at the Quad City Airshow in Iowa this weekend.

As the crowd observed a minute of silence, a five plane formation approached, one plane flew off into the skies leaving a missing man in tribute, which flew to the sound of Taps. It was deeply touching.

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My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to his teammates.

May his spirit forever fly free.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012