remembering Charlie Watts / quote of the month August ’21

I had another quote ready to go for this month. But then this week happened. With the passing of Charlie Watts earlier this week I knew I had to give this month’s quote to him. Charlie didn’t speak much publicly but when he did, he was always worth listening to. Over the past few days I’ve heard discussions about whether he was the greatest of all time. I can’t tell you that, but what I can tell you is he’s my favorite. I don’t know what else to say other than thank you, Wembley Whammer.

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Fifty five sunflowers

“American sunflower”

Each Spring I start growing sunflowers from the previous year’s seeds. From there I grow the sprouts in paper coffee cups until they develop a few leaves and are ready to plant. This year I planted (or gave small plants to other people to be planted) 55 sunflowers. And by now, they are all big plants and have nice blooms. I’ve grown 4 varieties of sunflower this year as shown in the photos. All 4 varieties are multi-headed or “branching” sunflowers. The most common and the type I grew the most of is what I’m calling the “American sunflower” because it is the most like what we see around here (see above).

“Mexican sunflower”

I also grew quite a few of the Mexican sunflower, which is one of my favorites. It’s blooms are not as big as the more common sunflower, but they are mighty! They also tend to produce a ton of blooms. I like this plant so much I don’t know why there aren’t more of them out there running around!

“Mexican sunflower”

Another lesser known plant that I grew a lot of this year is the Italian sunflower. It is also a little different but distinctive and will produce a lot of blooms. It has a different color and leaf shape from the typical customers.

“Italian sunflower”
“Italian sunflower”

And last but not least, I grew and planted a handful of what I call the “red” sunflowers. I had a bit of a mix-up with my seed packets but I believe they are the variety called “Moulin Rouge”. These are fun to watch bloom because they start off very dark, almost black. As they mature they turn a rich velvety red color.

“red sunflower”
“red sunflower”

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Quote of the Month – June/July ’21

This quote is so good that it spans two months. From Miles Davis. Enjoy.

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new self portrait

This is a new self portrait. Gouache on 10″ x 8″ wood panel. It is based on a photo of a FaceTime call.

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Quote of the Month – May 2021

I think I missed a month (it was a busy April) so I decided this month has to be an extra good one. This is one of my favorites. With so much Churchill to quote, this one really speaks to me. And I am especially feeling it now.

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new(ish) painting: “Ray On The Links”

This is an 11″ x 14″ acrylic and gouache painting. It is a painting of a photograph of a screen shot of a still shot of a video.

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Quote of the Month – March 2021

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Quote of the Month – February 2021

I’ve been getting into Goya lately. Here’s an especially good quote from him.

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Quote of the Month – January 2021

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Let’s Go Cleveland!

I have so many things to say but I’ll try to keep it simple, short and sweet. Years ago I was confronted by a roomful of Bengals fans who were not happy about me being the only Browns fan present. My friend, another Bengals fan, asked me pointedly, “But I don’t get it! You’re from Columbus! You could root for Cincinnati or Cleveland…. Why do you like the Browns??!! “Because I have a choice,” was all I said. It did not go down well.

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