Title: Lady Diana Cooper (nee Manners) - Her Theory of Relativity
Sub Text: Lady Diana Cooper stepping out of a Velasquez canvas onto an obliging lily pad. Costume balls lend themselves to such magnificent diversions. When one leads a charmed life, reality need never be less than the perfection of that life as lead from one day to the next. What then, constitutes diversion, the absence of perfection or the search for a greater degree of it? Other realities exist whether we recognize them or not, whether we hide our eyes or search for those other realities. The shadow of a charmed life is cast by the same sun as casts the shadows of the unfortunate and one by one the shadows are connected around the world. Lady Diana and St. Ursula, a perfect example of the Theory of Relativity.
Date of Work: Completed - February 2002
Size Unframed: 31"x31"
Medium: Acrylic and collage
Further Information: Lady Diana Cooper's image from a photo by an unknown photographer taken at a "country weekend" costume ball.
Title: Lemuel, Fond Memories of Cousin Myrtle
Lemuel photographed at 12. Cousin Myrtle on a May visit from Cedar Rapids took full advantage of the Alabama sun. The photographer was surprisingly oblivious, Mr. Rankin's cow was disinterested, but Miss Alton from next door, fluttered back and forth like a moth to a flame. Was that a look of disdain in her eyes, or something more corporeal. Lemuel remembered cousin Myrtle fondly.
Date of Work: November 10, 2008
Size Unframed: 7" x 7 3/4"
Medium: Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, Graphite and Collage
Substrate: Prepared birch plywood panel
Collection - Winnie and Dick Myrick
Title: Lucile And The Specter
Sub Text: Lucile, the constant, compassionate, good natured sister. When the moon was full she always opened the window to release the specter of her dead sister's spirit. Cecilia had been the "pretty one" who always served Lucile's favorite dessert with a straight razor instead of a fork. Cecilia's pet crow lingered, never accepting the invitation of the open window.
Date of Work: 1997
Size Framed: 51.25" x 39"
Size Unframed: 50" x 38"
Medium: Mixed media: acrylic / pencil / colored pencil
Further Information: From a photograph by Tallahassee photographer Alvan S. Harper
Title: Lydia Marie - a Summer Afternoon on the Lawn with Pudge
Sub Text: The picnic was interrupted by an uninvited and unwanted guest. As the "Hag's Taper" burst into flame, sister Penelope upset the picnic blanket and ran in terror. A calm, collected and self assured young lady, Lydia Marie was not fazed in the least. She believed in the natural order of things and depended on the devas to keep a watchful, protective eye. How silly of Penelope to flee. There was absolutely no reason to do so nor to abandon the pink lemonade, strawberries and the by now, not-so-hot cross buns.
Date of Work: Completed - August 2001
Size Framed: 24.75" x 28.75"
Size Unframed: 20"x24"
Substrate: Stretched Canvas
Further Information: Figure from a photograph by William Notman
Collection of Tom and Carol Benjamin, Philadelphia
Title: Two Sides to Every Story • 1930
Marvin was a Minnesota boy with an enigmatic smile who portrayed the perfect example of a story with two sides. On one hand, he was the inveterate outdoorsman who loved to fish and to sit under the yellow birch trees in the Fall. He paddled the waters of Little Saganaga Lake in the far north and floated down the Cloquet River, closer to home. On the other, there was his work as a florist. The man who loved the delicate construction and fragrance of nature, liked what he called “the finer things in life”. Those things seemed disparate, but in his life they came together in a very natural way.
Category: Mixed media drawing
Date of Work: November 10, 2008
Size Unframed: 8" x 8"
Medium: Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache
Substrate: Gessoed wood panel
The apple was sacred to Apollo. In Greek mythology it was sacred to Venus as love and desire. Its round aspect represents totality and unity, to some cultures it represents immortality.
The insect on the apple is an "Apple Red Bug" - Lygidea mendax
In the Christian religion the peach with a leaf attached represents virtue of heart and tongue, the fruit of salvation.
The insect on the peach is a "Peachtree Borer" - Synanthedon exitiosa
The fish is a Lake Brown Trout. In the Celtic culture the trout is associated with sacred waters and wells and represents the foreknowledge of the Gods and otherworld wisdom and knowledge.
The birch tree protects against witches and drives out evil spirits.
Teutonic thought claims the last battle in the world will be faught round a birch tree.
Collection - Tom and Carol Benjamin, Philadelphia