“The long journey”

Keep trucking. Old sixties saying.
There is no retiring from painting. I am old and parts of me are worn out, hands. legs. Standard for old age. But still I paint on. Not like in my younger days when I built and stretched canvasses endlessly. The spirit is still there. I think of Matisse and Picasso painting on. The difference is that they had assistants. de Koning when old would paint all day. then leave his studio, come back in the morning and all of his brushes would be clean and if he needed a canvas they stood waiting for him. Lucky guy, but he had known hard times also. So we paint on regardless of our fortunes. I consider myself lucky to still be working and searching for the elusive truth that once in awhile lands before you, captured in paint.

” Black Angel”

” Black Angel” Not sure how that title came about. Always think of angels as being white, I like to see them as multicolored now, as if they ever existed. I recall a church in Italy that was festooned with paintings. Most of them were about hell. Demons all over the place poking and prodding naughty people with long pitch forks and spears. These painting are aimed at the church goers reminding them to stay in line and behave. I am not a religious man, though as a child I went to bible class and many of the parables stayed with me such as The Good Samaritan. One does not have to be religious to be kind. The painting in the church catered to those who could not read, which was common in the old days. The priests could give a fire and brimstone sermon on a Sunday but as the old saying goes” A picture is worth a thousand words” And so we paint on and on. The Leonardo Da Vinci sold for four and a half million bucks a few weeks ago is a puzzling thing. We all ask why.

Lets save the elephants.

What is it with Trump. Rolling back the protection of wild life. Is it just because his son likes to hunt, fancying himself as Hemmingway. The picture of him holding up an elephants tail with a knife he has just used to cut it off. His father, Donald Trump senior abuser of women and supporter of child molesters wants to really be a royal family and lord it over everyone. Lets get together and dethrone him.

Dump the Loony Trump

Trump is a menace to society. Already we are feeling the effects of his handy work. The Keystone pipeline has sprung a leak. That means if there is an aquafer below the spill the water will be unusable for god knows how long. This is but one thing. With the roll back of so many laws put in place to protect us from predator bankers and oil speculators by thoughtful Obama he is destroying our environment, all for what/ Money. He is all about money, that’s all he knows.
Now the sex scandals. I hope all the women he abused come out of the woodwork and tell their stories as they have done with Rob Moore and Al Franken. He is silent on the Moore issue but blasting Franken. Let’s get this twit impeached before he goes berserk and destroys the world we live in and have put up safe guards for our children and grandchildren. Do what you can to banish this lunatic.

” Anger “

My beautiful picture
” Anger “

Looking back through some old work I found a work called ” Anger ” !966. I was living in Manhattan at this time and the Viet Nam war was raging. There where anti war marches all over the place. Even a march on Washington to levitate the White House. There was a lot of anger in the air as body bags where arriving daily from the war. I vented my spleen on a few paintings.
This painting represents Adam and Eve being tossed out of Eden. I am not a religious person as I feel most wars are bought about by religion. Right now in this country the president, Trump, is using religion to sow discord and anger thought the nation. He, Trump is a fool. Apparently he watches Fox new and believes their dishonest reports. He is angry because he cannot get his own way the way he was able to in private business by bullying.