Arty Farty Friday ~ Mary Petty, Alan Dunn & the Fermi Paradox .

While searching for a painter, illustrator, photographer or sculptor to feature today I came across Mary Petty’s name in a list of April 29 birthdays. She was one of The New Yorker’s cover artists and cartoonists for many years.

From a 1994 article by Victoria Donohoe, Inquirer Art Critic:
It’s said that the decades after the Civil War in America produced, in a rising level of prosperity,

Arty Farty Friday ~ Vivian Maier – Another Eccentric

We watched the documentary film
Finding Vivian Maier on Netflix recently. Amazing story of a woman who worked as a nanny, took photographs on the street, good ones – thousands and thousands of them, but kept them hidden, sometimes not even printed. She was, or became, a compulsive hoarder. After her death her photographs and negatives were acquired by a young man who has undertaken the vast

Arty Farty Friday ~ Robert Lenkiewicz , English Eccentric.

Robert Lenkiewicz – this artist’s work is probably not too well known in the USA. He was born in London on 31 December 1941, son of Jewish refugees who ran a Jewish hotel. He spent most of his adult life in and around Plymouth in England’s lovely south-west. He died in 2002. He is believed to have had around 12 children from a string of partners.

Lenkiewicz’s work was shunned by critics and

Arty Farty Friday ~ Sun Aquarian Barbara Kruger

Below is a re-airing of a 2011 post…just because. Before starting the re-run, though, I looked around to discover whether Ms Kruger has had anything to say about the current election season. I found this, by Bob Duggan, relating to the 2012 election season at Big Think: How Barbara Kruger Asks the Questions This Election Must Answer. The exhibit is still on view, I understand. I haven’t yet

Mercury’s Ready to Kick Ass


 Finally, Mercury has kicked into high gear.  Get ready to enjoy what it means to be understood by co-workers, family members, neighbors and friends.  Misunderstandings are now a distant memory, and all those boring and unproductive meetings in the board room now have the potential to take off like Wilber and Orville’s memorable flight.

Those of you born under the sign of Aries could write a book about all your bizarre escapades during the transit of Uranus in your action seeking sign.  Things have reached a more predictable pace but the rest of you with birthdays after the 18th will find out what it means to expect the unexpected.
If you were born under the signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius you can expect a bumpy ride for the first weeks of February.  Mars is the culprit triggering temper tantrums and provocative behaviors.  Unless you are an athlete used to rigorous competition, this month can prove to be a trying time.

Like Aries, all the other Cardinal signs; Cancer, Libra and Capricorn  have had their share of upheavals, losses and new beginnings.  But those born later in their signs, meaning approximately 20 days after their actual birthday still have a while before they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Be assured it will come and you all will be ready to build anew.

Ask any one of the Mutable signs how things are going and you’ll hear the groans from coast to coast.
Saturn, Mr. Bossy Pants is in control now until December 2017 when it finally moves into the more compatible sign of Capricorn.  Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will feel the burn most especially in matters of employment.  Those born before the 2nd of December will  be the first to feel relief from the pressure of authority figures and career concerns.  Those born after will have to keep a stiff upper lip and take their celestial medicine.  Saturn isn’t indiscriminate in making his demands. He has very high standards.  While he is around we are asked to measure up or else face the consequences.


Arty Farty Friday ~ Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

Bill Mauldin: “If I see a stuffed shirt, I want to punch it. If it’s big, hit it. You can’t go far wrong.” Too many newspaper artists tended to “regard editorial cartooning as a trade instead of a profession. They try not to be too offensive”, he said. “The hell with that.” He frequently lamented that editorial cartoonists were too soft and that more of them needed to be “stirrer-uppers.” Mr.

Arty Farty Friday ~ Lee Bontecou

Lee Bontecou, born 15 January 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. Another artist of whom I’ve been oblivious.

Snips from an article HERE
Lee Bontecou grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where, during World War II, her mother worked in a factory wiring submarine parts. This memory, together with reports she heard about the war and the Holocaust, had a profound effect on Bontecou’s childhood