Monthly Archives: February 2012

Birger Sandzén: A master among us

Birger Sandzén, Willow and Cottonwood, linocut, 1931.

If you grew up in McPherson County, Kansas as I did, it is likely that Birger Sandzén was the first artist whose style you could confidently identify. His work is in all the schools and in many homes throughout central Kansas. My heart swells with hometown pride when I encounter a Sandzén’s art in major museums throughout the country. Doubtless his work (particularly the prints which I can recall trying to decipher at an early age) continue to influence my own particular artistic choices.

Lester Raymer’s Red Barn Studio

Lester Raymer, Promotional card, lino-cut.

Lester Raymer, Promotional card, lino-cut.

One of the reasons that I have chosen to take on the moniker of New Gottland is to connect me to the artistic heritage that influences my esthetic preoccupations and motives. Perhaps the man that represents this heritage most wholly for me is Lester Raymer. Continue reading

Watch for invisible crowns

Quotation: Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

Quotation: Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

Abdication

Heaven is up; the other is down.
No matter which way, we give up our crown.

Coincedence?

I think so. But the resemblance is striking no?

Bayeux Tapestry, Weapons and wine are carried abord William's invasion fleet, c. 1070.

Bayeux Tapestry, Weapons and wine are carried aboard William's invasion fleet, c. 1070.

Monarch caterpillar, photo from EduPic Images.

Monarch caterpillar, photo from EduPic Images.