An artist in New York... Rochester that is.


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26 years after I had begun in business I was rereading the Fountainhead and thought about Roarks reply to the college folk about why he wouldn't compromise and work for the big elite architects firm. He had but 40 or so good years to do his work and couldn't waste them to half measures and false starts. Well maybe I paraphrased what was meant a little but...

I looked at the calendar on the wall behind me, a big calendar. The wall was maybe 100 feet long and I sat in the middle. I was born at the corner and had spend the last 18 years in that very room building corporate office furniture (my business) and glancing the other way thought, I may not make it to yonder corner. I have so many other interests to pursue. I'm going to run out of time, life. So 18 months later the business is SOLD, the income gone (I'll be alright folks) and now I am a painter. Watch me paint the town.

Intent: hone skills while building audience, then paint my souls delight with passion!

Example of ideas from

Blood City

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Blood City, by Gordon van Vliet

coyright November 2005 all rights reserved

This piece was displayed in an art show during the spring of 2006. It is signed, dated and titled at the bottom. The work measures 5"w x 14"H inches oil on 1/4" hardboard.

Blood is a metaphor of life flowing through our veins. Likewise, the life blood of the city are the individuals who inhabit it and are the city's motive force. First works are for survival, when secured, time and energy are spent on larger , more complex ideas. These ideas are represented as buildings and towers, finally a pinnacle soaring upward. As the towers are illuminated in the sun so too may an Individual reach great heights. All people are benefited from the such success.

Also represent here is the idea of the city as the center or natural result of separate individuals need of fellowship, society. This is a mix from those just surviving to those able to achieve further goals. I have always viewed the tower as an inspiration of what can be accomplished through productive thought and work.

More on this theme in future posts.

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Gordon,

Welcome to OL. I hope you enjoy it here.

I looked over your site and you have some very interesting paintings - a few quite beautiful.

One word on why your image is not loading: bloodcity3.0.jpg

Because of a security issue, images on OL need to have a simpler file name. Please remove the period in "3.0" (by renaming the file or copying it to a new name). Don't forget to change the name in your post. Then it should load fine.

Michael

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Gordon,

Welcome to OL. I hope you enjoy it here.

I looked over your site and you have some very interesting paintings - a few quite beautiful.

One word on why your image is not loading: bloodcity3.0.jpg

Because of a security issue, images on OL need to have a simpler file name. Please remove the period in "3.0" (by renaming the file or copying it to a new name). Don't forget to change the name in your post. Then it should load fine.

Michael

Thank you for the comments and suggestion with the pic file. I believe it is corrected now.

I have been reading your discussion with Victor from Toronto. It serves as a good mental exercise for me. In particular the stages of thinking, i.e. epistimological before ethics.

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Ok, Thank you for the email and input Michael. I have adjusted the pictures with ones from my new photobucket account. Hopefully these will continue to work. I am hoping that this forum is lively and advantageous to all of us. Is there a spell check here? I have not seen it and it is something that is useful to me.

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