Saturday, February 16, 2019

I have some more photos of the trip to Kansas in 1923. I also did some research about Lucas,KS and found out the town has expanded the places for visitors to come. They now have a Grass Roots Art Center that features lots of folk art by people that live in the area or the state of Kansas.  The town is very small, only 354 people. They get thousands of visitors every year to see "The Garden of Eden" and now the Grass Roots Center too.  You can find their web site to learn more about what they have there.






Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Here are photos from an album I got that belonged to a lady in Buffalo who went to Kansas in 1923. She visited relatives in several small towns and I have always loved these pictures. Some are special inspiration for art work.









Saturday, February 02, 2019

This past week, we had an artic blast with wind,snow and temps below zero!  I took pictures from my window of some of effects of the snow.





Thursday, January 24, 2019

Drawings from the past year:





drawings by Sylvia

I have been doing a lot of drawings this past year. I like to draw portraits mostly and often draw personalities on TV such as Rachel Maddow or Mika from Morning Joe on MSNBC.  Also, I like to draw old actresses from stage and screen such as Sarah Bernhardt or Eleanor Powell.  Here are some of my sketches.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Art by Corban LePell and visit to his home.

I visited with Corban LePell in Sept. of 2016 in Oakland,CA. We had first met back in 1955 at the Uni. of Nebraska when I was a student and Corban was also a student at UN. I was very impressed with him as he seemed to me the perfect idea of what an artist should look like. I bought one of his paintings and still have it in my home to this day.  We got back in touch by phone after all these years and talked often. He invited me to come out for a visit and I decided to go.  He had been a professor of art at Hayward State for 40 years and had changed his art style from expressionism to realism. We spent an afternoon looking through his flat files of his art work and old photos of him as I had remembered him in the 1950's.  I will add pictures here to recreate the day.  Corban passed away in May of 2018. I am glad we did reconnect before he left us.