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Old 07-18-2013, 01:45 PM   #323
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Hi FaN,

Are you also a fan of Edward Hopper? He's one of my favorites.

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Hi John,

I like some of Hopper's work, especially Nighthawks, which has been parodied into pop culture via the Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Hopper would have been another candidate for the Airstream lifestyle when he observed, "To me the most important thing is the sense of going on. You know how beautiful things are when you're traveling.”
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #324
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I was annoyed when one of the television journalists said Colville was "Canada's Norman Rockwell."
I'm not familiar enough with Colville's work to draw a comparison between the two artists. I suspect the same is secretly true of the journalists involved.

When I looked up some of Colville's work earlier today— AFTER reading the comparison between Colville and Rockwell— the immediate impression I got was, "This is what Rockwell would have painted if he had PTSD." Definitely edgier, vaguely disturbing in some unidentifiable way that might have to do with the fact that so many of his subjects are facing away from the viewer or have their faces obscured.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #325
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Pro, good point about television journalism; it has been dumbed-down to the point of laughability. Any subject is at risk, especially those involving the arts, science, or gawd forbid, aviation.

I am familiar with Rockwell's work, but not his life, so did some quick research. Rockwell did not serve in the military. He applied, but was turned down because he was too skinny, circa WW1.

Had he served, would there be a sublimation into the American Colville? It's hard to say. I do not think we can attach a common denominator to those who have gone through similar experiences, traumatic or not. Maybe Rockwell would have painted the same things he became famous for as a diversion. Or, maybe he would have tackled Colville's anguished style but couldn't; it was simply a question of artistic skill, conveyance, and believability.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #326
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I kinda took a liken' to that colour Fly, so I made the move and took delivery of my new one today. My granddaughter really likes this one.

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"If I ever want to downsize...."

Indeed. You'd have to shrink yourself considerably. But Barbie still looks pretty hot. Go for it -- or as the Aussies would say, "Let's put another shrimp on the Barbie."

As to the Pepto-Bismol motorhome, I'd park it close to the campfire. How do you say "It's melting" in espanol?
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #327
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massey, I did not know you had become a Mary Kay lady. You must have sold a lot of product to win that bus!

BTW, I need some new blush. Can you recommend something?
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That is a lot of blush Massey, does she want more
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Nah. I think I'll just pinch my cheeks.
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Rockwell portrayed a myth—a lilly white America where everyone was middle class and had tow headed boys and cute little girls for children. There were some families like that, but not all that many. The damage was to sell the myth as real.

I agree he was an illustrator and I never saw it as "art", but defining "art" is somewhat difficult.

The promotion of the myth was the real problem.

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Hi Gene, I would agree with most of what you said. However, in fairness to Rockwell, some of his illustrations were a deflection from the "fluff":

The Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell

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Airstream produced a Rockwell edition. I wonder if they sold well?
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True, he sometimes deviated from the monolithic culture that never existed, and that was after a lot of criticism. The overwhelming bulk of his work is bland mythology. "The problem we all live with" could be interpreted both ways.

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On the Driveway # -- No! Make That "On the Runway...."

Just emailed this to the flying friend who is stuck in a Ramada Inn somewhere. He will enjoy it.

Thought I'd share here. Canada's Gimli Glider is part of our aviation history. Sure hope someone can come up with the funds to rescue this Boeing from the boneyard. It should be in a museum, like the "Miracle on the Hudson" Airbus.

It's an amazing story, even if you are not an aviation buff. My friend says no one could pull off this landing when confronted with the same situation in the flight simulator....

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Sho...ID/2397825667/
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Thanks for posting this link. I was totally unaware of this incident and it was a touching story to see how, after all these years, it still had an emotional effect on those who were interviewed.
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Wonder where those glider skills were in SFO a few weeks ago? Knowing how to hand fly the airplane rather than rely on a computer and situational awareness can save the day.
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