Mel reading in the cold morning light in Wyoming
The imprint a pair of Chaco sandals leaves goes way beyond the tan:)
Part of the Plein air episode of Painting Paint Creek. A day on the water with fishing poles, paints and friends.
Had a good crowd at the opening for my show of 42 pieces at the Markay Cultural Arts Center this November. The Markay , Jackson OH is still being rennovated through the hard work of The Southern Ohio Arts Council and the leadership of Barbara Summers. It was an old thater and will soon become a performing arts center as well as gallery. If you are interested in contributing to a great cause, contact: Markay: Barbara Summers, 269 E. MainSt., Jackson OH.
Keith and Joan Pitzer have been performing for over thirty years in a variety of musical formations including rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, singer/songwriter and Celtic.
As a duo their folk-oriented roots music accentuated with their strong vocal harmonies, Keith’s unique and masterful guitar playing and harmonica and Joan on bass and pennywhistle might put one in the mind of some of the great folksingers like Ian and Sylvia Tyson or Gordon Lightfoot. Their songs are of rural America with stories that reflect a deep affection for the landscape and a sense of place within it.
Most recently they have been performing as part of the trio, String Fever, which includes Jake Pitzer on mandolin. Their third son, Jake grew up listening to his parents and learned to play guitar to many of his father’s songs before beginning to write his own music. Playing briefly in a bluegrass group he picked up and taught himself to play the mandolin.
Influenced by the playing of Sam Bush and David Grisman, Jake brings a ‘newgrass’ flavor to blend with an Americana roots folk style while retaining a traditionalist’s love for classic folk and bluegrass. Audiences may quickly note the “like-father-like-son” cliché as father and son trade a few licks with the interplay of guitar and mandolin. Photo courtesy of Greg Boyce (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Illustrating 2 prepicked songs by the Pitzers. www.laurelmountainmusic.com Photos courtesy of Greg Boyce (email@example.com)
Towards the end a story Rick was telling we were lead into the Dylan song "Don't Think Twice".
Ellen and I drawing on the first night.
Ellen Doerres and Me work up our ideas in front of the crowd
Sensory Serenade, November 28 & 29 A sell out crowd enjoyed 2 nights of live collaborative performances of art, music and poetry with Rick Barnes & John K. Victor while savoring gourmet coffees and handmade desserts at Schlegels Coffee House, Chillicothe. We were accompanied by special guests performers. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
Left, guest artist Ellen Doerres and myself paint and draw;middle, guest poet Carma Baker reads her poems, and guest musician Richard Moore performs his songs. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
Rick Barnes and special guest musician Jeff Redefer, put on am entertaining show while we work on our paintings. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
This is about the end of the show when, the artists, me on the left, explain what we illustrated and read the poem that inspired the works. It brings the whole show together and gives it a nice close. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
Some funny stories were shared..
Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
I was working on Mr. Wills Calendar, a poem by Rick Barnes. The poem to me, said, "enjoy today, that's all you have, yesterday is gone forever and the memories fade". Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com
Another fun night of music, poetry, art and food....
Another Hibernation event of music, poetry, art and food. I was illustrating the poem by Rick Barnes, "Things that rust".
My wife borrows this shredder, with a rowing frame on it, and makes it earn it's name.
Lower Keeney, New River Gorge, 2007.
Coyotes are common around here. Noisy, nighttime ghosts that you rarely see, but hear often..
"Hibernation: A Unique Performance," took place on April 12th. My friend, a local musician and poet, Rick Barnes played original songs and read from his newly published book of poetry, "Hibernation," (to order a book: firstname.lastname@example.org).
I illustrated my take on a few pre-chosen poems from the book, all while diners enjoyed their meals. The event was free with the purchase of dinner. It was emceed by David Sky, a very good professional storyteller and speaker (www.davesky.com).
The lighting and props were courtesy of Rick, a former ABC lighting guy...fantastic work. We sold out in 3 days after the mailing. Everyone was great. Thanks for making it...
These musicians are some of the best around. Left is Barry Barnes, mandolin, banjo, guitar, anything with strings. Middle is Rick Barnes, poet, songwriter and musician. He held the audiences attention for over 90 minutes with insightful stories, poems, original songs. You could have heard an olive drop...On the right is Steve Hummel, a very talented, tasteful and original guitar player. These fellows created and held the mood of this collaborative arts event.
It was particularly challenging to draw in front of the crowd before the music started. people were chatting with me and I was trying to get into the zone. Once I found that spot, I was good to go...
I'm hoping to do some more of these. Get the artists, musicians and writers together to bring a little unusual cultural entertainment to our community...
Playing with Mike Boyle and friends at the Dock. Barry Barnes out front, Mike out of the picture, Mark Sentieri on bass, out of the picture, Alan Gettes on drums, me on harmonica and John David Call (Pure Prairie League) on pedal steel. He was gracious enough to sit in with us the other night. Wow....what a great musician and all around good guy.
Here is the story... Sometime in the spring of 2005 I received an email from a woman in Cleveland, Oh. She was asking if I or my father was possibly the person that drew a picture of a man at the Columbus, Oh airport in 1973. I replied, I believe the man was sleeping on his back and I placed my drawing over his head when I left.... She responded back almost immediately and told me this story. That was her brother, who travelled frequently and was now living in Boston. On one of his travels when he passed through Columbus, I did the drawing. This drawing has moved around with him on his travels and is a prize possession. It currently hangs in another sisters home. I did the drawing while at CCAD in 1973. Me and a couple other art students would go to the airport to draw people. He was sleeping and I thought it would be fun to leave the drawing draped over him, for him to find when he woke. She sent me several photos of the drawing shortly there after. I thank her for the story and photos.
We had a big snow this year... sure was pretty...
Who would have thought? The black dog is Cole (aka Peter), the other is Sheila (aka Warmer).....
Mark Lewis on bass, Dan Daly singing and playing guitar and myself hot airing the harmonica.....
Wes Molebash, Viper comics cartoonist, (www.vipercomics.com/webComics/yht/default.asp) and I had a cartoon exhibit at the Pump House Gallery in Chillicothe in July of '07.
My wife, Melissa, is a strong capable woman. She can trim horses feet, run electric, over see the building of our home, build a on target identity system for a business and always be herself.
Being a whitewater boater, the New River Gorge is always available. This is a typical lunch stop below Lower Keeney rapids. I kayak and guide rafts. Kayaking is personal and this is social.
Earth Day in Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe. A great time! Bluehound is my first band i ever played in. It consist of Jerry Felty, singer, guitar player; Barry Barnes, banjo,and Mark Lewis on bass. Dan Cade, Columbus OH, joins us for great fiddle work often. We play together a few times a year. In late 1990's and early 2000's we played at least twice a month. Everyone now plays in a couple different bands...
This is the band I have spent most of my time playing with.
Mike Boyle, seated in the center is the leader. He is a great singer/songwriter and all around good musician. To his right is Donn Hill, who currently is doing solo work in florida. Far right is Barry Barnes, if it has strings he plays it, banjo, manolin,guitar and bass. behind the old gray guy (me) is Mark Sentieri, a very good bass player an the producer of Mike's CD (which we all contribute to).
For a CD, email mike: email@example.com