Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Art Spirit and Mother Nature Madly At Work.

Give yourself a holiday treat by visiting the wonderful blog of my Canadian friend, Kim Rempel.
Kim is an amazingly talented and versatile and prolific artist. I am honored to have been her guest last week in a lengthy interview posted on her blog. You'll find Kim and her art at

 It's Saturday night and Philly is getting its third snowstorm in the past week.
The flakes are the big cottony kind that cling to every branch, and makes one
think of sleigh bells and Santa and hot cider and all things warming and good for the soul.

My morning walk of two and a half miles (at a good pace) takes me past some of the
most beautiful and stately homes on Philly's "Main Line." At least the ones you can see from the street.
Here is the infamous original "Barnes Foundation", glowing in the morning light, now empty of its art.

Just down the street is this elegant beauty. The owners are obviously proud of their home because the
facade is usually illuminated at night.

I actually had started to do a painting of this house many years ago, when previous owners had it.
But I decided to do a night scene, after seeing it at night. I must admit to you that in all the years I've lived in this neighborhood, I've never seen the moon in this part of the sky. I decided the picture was crying out to have the moon hovering above the mansion.
 Thank goodness I recently renewed my Artistic License.
Here is the link to my friend Kim's blog:


  1. Hey Bill, Welcome back!! So nice to read your blog again : ) It looks stunning in Philly! Same here, lots of snow.
    Your painting is great - so much detail. I wonder if they also used it for Christmas cards. And when you say the Barnes mansion is now empty of art, what do they use the building for? Take care!

  2. Thanks for everything, Kim, yours was my very BEST Christmas present to me this year.
    It has always been hard to figure out what is "real" or what is "Faux" when it comes to information coming from the Barnes. (I'm not talking about the art.) Supposedly the building is being used for "administrative" purposes.
    So many of us find it so sad that it sits there, a reminder of how power can corrupt.