Chair cropper

Birthday, Chairs, Cubano Coffee, Patio Chairs, Sketchbook Skool, Tables

Now that Fall has hit, I can sit outside without sweating, being stung and sunburn.

Yesterday, I sat and watched the comings and goings, couples drinking coffee and a little dog who snapped at the patrons.

Finally, a day for celebration. It was my pre-birthday and celebrated with my best friend with lunch and a cocktail.

Frankfort Avenue color compromise

Badass Artist, Barry Comer Artist, compromise, Learning

This is the painted version of what “was” a successful black and white. Again, I am happy that I took a photo before, and now after.

I am disappointed for a number of reasons. The sharp lines have disappeared and the puzzle-like quality of wires, poles and buildings have flattened out.

On my satisfaction scale, I give it a 4.25. The success of the image may not be up to my standards but rather, what I learned. Clearly, learning is always a 10.

Riding a severe thunderstorm watch

Hail, Severe threat, Severe thunderstorm watch, Weather, Wind gusts

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is now in effect for counties along and north of I-64 until 11 PM Friday.

A cluster of strong and severe thunderstorms will track southward through northern Kentucky and the Bluegrass this evening. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat. The severe threat will diminish as the storms track into southern Kentucky later tonight.

We are all Riders on the Storm.

Ozzy

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This is Ozzy and has been with me since he was 7-weeks old. As a Blue Heeler, his job is never done and has more energy than the sun. In fact, I am not certain if he actually sleeps, but my wife has observed him with eyes closed.

There is an intelligence with his breed that most dogs never reach, which makes training him a task. In fact, I can’t. The vet says, “all really intelligent dogs are difficult”.

Oh yeah. He’s difficult. He reminds me of me.

Organics

Organic, Peace, Sculpture, Sculptured Sketch, Stone

When I used to carve stone, the little cracks and grooves suggested where to go. One line organized the next and another flowed from the other. I found harmony in the yield of the rock while satisfying myself. Somehow, we found a relationship and lived in peace.

Can it be done with line? I come close to allowing my hands to orchestrate the shape, yet I can’t hold or smell the outcome.

I miss the rugged artwork I used to create.

Fresh from the vine

artist, Backyard Bushes, backyard sketch, Barry Comer, Barry Comer Artist, oak-leaf, Oakleaf hydrangea

Broken leaves and tarnished blossoms. The storms took their toll all afternoon.

My favorite backyard plant always suffers. The leaves are large and the blossoms fragile.

“The times they are a-changin'”

1960s, Acrobatic chairs, Barry Comer, Barry Comer Artist, Bob Dylan - The times they are a-changin', The times they are a-changin'

Thank you Mr. Dylan. I needed your words and sentiments.

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.”

Bob Dylan