Alabama for the tragedy in Connecticut.

In 1963 John Coltrane released the album “Live at Birdland”. The album featured the track “Alabama” which wasn’t really recorded at the live club date, and it really doesn’t matter if it was. The track was a reflection on the tragic bombing of a civil rights activity that killed 3 innocent school girls earlier that year. The composition is haunting, beautiful, and filled with both hope and sadness.

Tonight while thinking about the senseless tragedy that took place in Connecticut today, I thought of this wonderful Coltrane piece. My heart goes out to all the families in Sandy Hook tonight. I can’t imagine what you are feeling. This composition, by Coltrane feels like an appropriate score to such a horrible and heartbreaking tragedy that overtook all of us today. Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Connecticut.

For sale: the Goodyear House by Architect John M. Johansen.

Once again if I had a couple or three million extra dollars lying around needing to be spent, I’d be buying yet another house. Halstead properties is currently under contract to sell architect John Johansen’s “Goodyear House” located on a 2 acre lot in Darien, Connecticut. Johansen  is the only surviving member of the Harvard Five which included Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes.

The Goodyear house which was built in 1955 is a fantastic example of Mid-Century Modern architectural styling. With its open floor plans and indoor-outdoor living the house epitomizes the modern architecture of the period. The house showcases Johansen’s use of spatial symbols, and for the most part looks to be unaltered from the original in the photos. The house is sited in a secluded green area, and the expanses of glazing in the 6000 square foot home allow whoever lands this property to enjoy panoramic views of the Connecticut woodlands it is located on. If you want to see a video of this masterpiece, click here.

I think I need to start playing the lottery.

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Woodcuts, By Bryan Nash Gill.

Apperently I am getting all in touch with Nature today.

Bryan Nash Gill is a Connecticut artist whose work crosses a number of fields including printmaking. When I came across his website a couple weeks back I meant to post  something about a series of images that he created from cross sections of logs through a wood engraving process.The images have a haunting quality to them, and at the same time they are a record of the life of the tree which has been duplicated and editioned through the printing process. Each of these images are created to scale with a number of them sized at more than 48 inches square. Gill, starts with pieces of dead or damaged wood salvaged from his Connecticut area. He then cuts through the wood until he finds a cross section that he finds engaging. Gill then sands the the cross section as smooth as possible and burns and brushes the block to reduce the areas of soft wood between the growth rings, making them more distinct before printing.

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Bryan Nash Gill is not simply a naturalist, he is an artist rooted in nature he draws his vocabulary from the world of New England’s woods.