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Reality Sets In

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“Approved” art of the last 100 years proves destructive
When I was in college in the 1960′s, having decided to become an artist, there was a distinguishable antagonism and snobbery, from those » Read More

Denise LaRue Mahlke Interview

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I first met Denise several years ago in Arkansas where I was teaching a workshop. She didn’t need to be there, but it’s a testament to her desire to always learn and grow as an artist that put her in the class. She was good then, but

San Gimignano

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San Gimignano Overlook - el

28 May 2007: Italy…..At 1:30 PM we left for the small, medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano. The walled town is located between Siena and Florence, in the province of Siena in Tuscany, and is known for its many towers. There were originally 72 towers, built by wealthy families to show off their wealth and influence in the area. » Read More

John McCartin Interview

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“I see my role as an artist, to convey to the viewer what I see and perhaps what I feel, and in so doing, stir the heart and » Read More

30th Anniversary Show

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The 30th Anniversary Show currently on view at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, TX is spectacular. The show » Read More

Art Journey America: Landscapes

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Only In America
FW Media’s North Light Books has just released a new book, Art Journey America: Landscapes. I was one of 89 landscape painters invited to participate. Only in America was selected to be represented in this beautiful, nicely designed book. » Read More

Hark! The angels are singing

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Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled”

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris’n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

That pretty much says it
May you have a blessed Christ -mas

Celebrating One Year

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One year ago this new adventure of writing a weekly blog began. I have come to greatly admire those who are able to write and post something sensible and worthwhile every day.  » Read More

The Vermont Experience

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Vermont 2
Just arrived home after spending 10 days in New England, mainly Vermont. My wife and I were first there in 1986 and still cherish fond memories of that trip. It’s just hard to believe its been 25 years. » Read More