Babe Shapiro and Grace Hartigan, painters and dear friends, have been my life-saving muses over the years.
I studied under Babe Shapiro, founder of the Mount Royal Graduate School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His thoughts and spirit remain. My two years at MICA defined who I am as a painter. Much gratitude to Babe.
Grace Hartigan was a dear and caring friend and mentor. Our friendship was special. After leaving Baltimore...Grace was immensely influential in my life and work. Her advice.."keep painting"...helped me get through the night.
I honor and love both Babe and Grace.
Death of a Butterfly oil/canvas. 7x8 feet
I am deeply moved and honored by Ms Franco's powerful poem "Butterfly, Death".
Little did Ms Franco know that her unexpected cyber-intervention was timely...an angel calling from outer space. I was in the doldrums for years and never really knew it. She broke the thread.
I invite all to read "Butterfly , Death" in its entirety by clicking the image on the right.
'Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. His nature -if that word can be used in reference to man, who has ‘invented’ himself by saying ‘no’ to nature- consists in his longing to realize himself in another.
Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude.'
The Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz
The image on the left is an 8 X 7 foot painting titled "Santo Toulouse". It was stolen from my painting studio in Baltimore in 1988.
The image reproduction here is from a poor slide. I am trying to locate it. Have you seen it?
some photos by Scott London.
About, Thoughts, Stuff.....
Muchas Gracias por tu visita. I appreciate it.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
INTERVIEW...the movie...pass the popcorn
Painters...Babe Shapiro and Grace Hartigan
FARMWORKER.....Federico Correa (dark jacket) and cousin Ysidro Maciias working "topping " carrots in Salinas Valley.