Friday, June 30, 2006
I did this watercolor of a fish based on the 1953 Fisherman's Picnic button. My artwork appears on the 2006 button and will also be on the street banners. Check back for pictures the first week of August!
The Fisherman's Picnic Dates back to 1928
The event that draws most people to this community is the Fisherman's Picnic. It is held annually in Grand Marais in Agust. Its name comes from the fact that it was originally started by commercial fishermen and their families. The first picnic was held in Tofte on August 26, 1928. This was a gathering of fishermen and their families who had brought their lunch.
Thousands of people converge on Grand Marais each year for the big event. Attractions include; fishburger stand, sidewalk sales, fish toss, minnow races, log sawing, boat parade, land parade and more.
The Lions Club International took over sponsorship of the picnic in the 1950's.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I've been painting some new work to have at the Grand Marais Arts Festival July 8 and 9. I'll be in booth #17, so please stop by and say hi! I'll have mostly cards available at the booth... both photo cards and original painted cards, like these two floral watercolors.
Monday, June 26, 2006
As I usually do, I shot pictures of the Hjordis rounding the breakwall and coming back into the harbor the other day. I miss the red sails, but the dark purple has a sinister quality that I like, too. The ship looms like a pirate ship to me now. I shot this picture while sipping a latte at the Java Moose. I love the playful posture of the tourists (moreso in other pictures I shot at the time, where someone was swinging from the base of the lighthouse), the angle of the sail compared to the angle of the lower lighthouse steps. The Hjordis and the the lighthouse are Grand Marais icons. I never tire of looking at them.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
One day last week I came across this turtle on the way to Greenwood Lake. People think of turtles as being slow. At least on land. But this one was fast! It was very unhappy with me for finding it, and for interrupting it's walk through the woods. I just wanted to see it up close.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Portrait of the Artist as Real Estate Agent, Actor, and DJ
A resident of Grand Marais since 1985, visual artist Tim Young says, “I’m inspired by everything. When you come up to the North Shore, you can look in almost every direction, and see beauty.”
In fact, Young’s creativity takes in everything from sensual male nudes to whimsical “alphabet paintings,” which embed key words in otherwise abstract works of art.
Young explains, “I’m inspired by not only the natural beauty, but also by the people. I would say that, even though we have a really small population here, I have more close friends here than I would have in Minneapolis. You get really compartmentalized [there].”
Though his success can’t be denied—Young exhibits at six different locations along the North Shore, including his own gallery—he confesses that the real estate company he inherited from his family remains his “bread and butter.”
Aside from art and real estate, Young also has a radio show on a local station, and he acts in community theater. Perhaps it’s this more-than-visual-art lifestyle that makes his paintings seem relevant as well as esoteric.
Whatever the reason for its appeal, Tim Young is a name to watch in the Minnesota art scene.
For more information on Young’s paintings, visit http://www.timouth.com/paintings
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I get asked this question from time to time. I have a lot of Superman stuff, including a Superman tattoo. I even made my own spandex Superman costume (pictured above). Yes, it's all a costume, including the hair.
I liked Superman when I was a kid... had some Superman comics. But it really started after 9/11 when I heard Five For Fighting's Song, "Superman, It's not easy." I thought a lot about the idea of heroes, and finding something heroic in myself. I always hear about people who have done heroic things saying that they just acted in the moment without trying to be a hero. I hope that I will do the right thing when faced with a situation where I can help someone who needs me.
He is more than the fanciful daydream of two Cleveland schoolboys. He is the 20th-century archetype of mankind at its finest. He is courage and humanity, steadfastness and decency, responsibility and ethic. He is our universal longing for perfection, for wisdom and power used in service to the human race.
I love vintage Americana.
What's not to love about Superman?
Monday, June 05, 2006
Yesterday I walked out on the point beyond the Coast Guard Station in Grand Marais to shoot pictures of the Hjordis, one of my favorite warm weather activities. While I was out there, I noticed this tree, which I first painted about 16 years ago. It looked particularly beautiful to me yesterday. It's been there all these years but I keep walking past it, not really noticing it anymore. It looked so pretty I was inspired to paint it.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Debbie: Mouth (because I do radio)
Anonymous: "Time Out"
It's actually just the first two syllables of my name, Timothy. Timouth. Some people have a hard time pronouncing it. It rhymes with Plymouth. At the time I chose the name, I had 3 vintage Plymouths. A 1962 Savoy Station Wagon, a 1964 Savoy 4 door sedan and a 1966 Fury III.
As with my paintings, I think it's fun to hear other people's interpretations of what it might mean.