Archive | March, 2013

The Pipes, the Pipes are Calling. . .From Space

17 Mar

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield warbled Danny Boy from the International Space Station to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. The news and photo come from–where else?–The Irish Times.


Found a Peanut. . .

16 Mar

Here’s a cool story about an artist, Steve Casino, who paints on peanuts. Notes Casino:

“There are 10 billion people painting on canvases, and it’s hard to stand out from the crowd.”

I hear ya brother!

Here’s a pic of a peanutt-y Star Trek duo painted by Casino. They look like they could be eaten by a Tribble.

Clown For a Day

15 Mar

Today is apparently “Red Nose Day,” on which people are supposed to don clown noses in order to raise money for various good causes. Here’s a slide show of clownish activities from The Daily TelegraphSome folks seem to be combining the clown nose thing with Saint Paddy’s Day.

From Daily Telegraph Slideshow on Red Nose Day


I wonder what the folks who are clowns all year long do on Red Nose Day?

Fruity Flowers Print

15 Mar

I’m having prints made of my “Fruity Flowers” design, below, if anyone’s interested. They will be done in archival inks on hi-rag content paper. (Of course, you could just print this off of my blog yourself, if you are the type to ignore copyrights etc., but it wouldn’t be signed or numbered by me, nor probably printed with archival inks.) You can order the official signed ones here. 

watermelon“Fruity Flowers” copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

My World and Welcome To It

15 Mar

My World and Welcome To It was a sitcom that ran on NBC in the 1969-1970 season. It was a “critical success”–meaning, of course, a commercial failure. I remember watching a few episodes of it when I was in the fourth grade. I didn’t get much out of it at the time; I suspect that I would appreciate it more as an adult.

AFAIK, it’s the only TV series that has ever featured an artist in the leading role. The late William Windom played a curmudgeonly cartoonist based on James Thurber, the legendary short story writer (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker. The show featured live action mixed with animated Thurber-like cartoons.

Unfortunately, My World and Welcome to It isn’t available on DVD, but a few grainy episodes have been posted on Youtube, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can at least get a feel for what the show was like. Check one out here:

Happy Little Carrots

14 Mar

The coming of Easter has made me think of happy little dancing carrots (for the Easter Bunny to munch on). Here they are:

Dancing Carrots. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Dancing Carrots. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.


13 Mar

The pansy painting shown below was inspired by an old English (?) poem about pansies looking like faces that I read as a child. It always gets a lot of “likes” at my Etsy shop. Trouble is, I can’t remember either the name of the poem or the author, and I’ve googled it to death online and still haven’t been able to locate it.

It’s been kind of driving me nuts for years. Does anyone know the poem?

“Fantasy Pansies,” Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Da Vinci Knew His Stuff

13 Mar

Medical scans from Britain, which will be displayed in concurrence with this year’s Edinburgh Festival in August, show the “startling accuracy” of Leonardo’s meticulous anatomical drawings:

“The drawings, which were hundreds of years ahead of their time in some areas, remained among the artist’s personal papers when he died, effectively “lost” for several hundred years.

Had they been published at the time, the exhibition curators believe, they would have “formed the most influential work on the human body ever produced”.

“Five hundred years on, comparisons with CT and MRI scans show that Leonardo’s work is still relevant to scientists today,” they said.”

The project matches original Da Vinci anatomical drawings owned by the British Queen with their modern scanned counterparts. The website for the exhibit explains more, with examples.

You Bet Your Life!

13 Mar

Here’s a wonderful tale of how the original film reels of You Bet Your Life were saved from destruction by writer and photographer Andy Marx. Andy Marx is the grandson of Groucho, the legendary leading light of The Marx Brothers and the host of the classic show from “The Golden Age of Television.” The story starts out:

“I hate to admit it, but I sometimes find it hard to imagine life without Netflix. Whether it’s watching all six seasons of “Lost” in a week or enjoying some cool documentary I otherwise never would’ve heard of, Netfix has, for better or worse, definitely become a part of my life. So, you can imagine my delight when I happened to discover Netflix had added the legendary ‘50s TV show, “You Bet Your Life” to its streaming service. The reason for my delight? The host of “You Bet Your Life” was none other than my grandfather, the one and only Groucho Marx.

It didn’t take long for me to devour all the episodes available on Netflix, and as I watched Groucho delivering his rapid-fire quips at the befuddled contestants, I couldn’t help thinking how amazing it was that I was sitting in the comfort of my den watching a TV show that made its debut in 1950, starring my grandfather.

But I also couldn’t stop thinking about how close every one of those classic episodes of “You Bet Your Life” came to being destroyed many years ago and how my grandfather and I managed to stop that from happening. . .”

On Sale

12 Mar

This Southwestern-style cactus painting is on sale for 30 percent off here.  (It was reduced from $125 to $95.) You can read more about this piece’s interesting history from this post back in September. Happy viewing!

Sale--ORIGINAL Western Art, Cactus Art, ORIGINAL Oil Pastel, Cowboy Art, ORIGINAL Painting, Southwestern Style, Prickly Pear