Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pop Pop: My Great Grandfather

A tribute to my Great Grandfather, Melvin E. Cole, on my Mother's side of the family. He had a really hard life and was a small, wiry, gruff man who smoked unfiltered Camels and Lucky Strikes. He grew beautiful flowers and took great pride in them. He also kept finches. We didn't understand his gruffness, as kids, but now I have an appreciation for his life and what he went through.

Pop Pop, great grandfather, mines, child labor, finches, smoking, coal mining, Pennsylvania, Lucky Strike, Camels, unfiltered cigarettes

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blues Gals: Big Maybelle

Mabel Louise Smith, better known as Big Maybelle, was a singer and pianist. If you've never heard Big Maybelle, well, you've never had a good time! Give a listen to "Pretty Good Love" and you won't be disappointed. More iPad experimentation.

blues, singer, Big Maybelle, music, pianist, r and b, Pretty Good Love, iPad

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blues Gals: Big Mama Thornton

More in a series of iPad experiments, here is my tribute to Big Mama Thornton, the ORIGINAL "Hound Dog" and pioneer of the blues.

blues, Big Mama Thornton, singer, singers, early recording, hound dog, big mama, iPad, art

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dream Big!

Another in a series of iPad art sketchbook pieces. My glass is half full. Always. Sorry if yours is not!

dream, dog, bone, optimism, positive, wish, wish fulfillment, iPad

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pitchin' A Wang Dang Doodle!

How I'm spending some significant summer evenings lately, pitchin' a wang dang doodle (my version) on the iPad! Ahhh, summer! It is the good life. With apologies and props to my muse for this piece, Miss Koko Taylor.

pitchin' a wang dang doodle, cocktail, wine, cigar, summer, the good life, Koko Taylor, party, iPad, muse

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ticks. I Still Hate 'Em.

Ticks. One of God's most loathsome creatures. Well, lampreys are also loathsome, but they don't live in my back yard and attach themselves to me with any regularity. So, ticks win. Here is a handy field guide to help you identify them.

ticks, field guide, insects, back yard, identify, lamprey, tick, Lyme disease