20170923

Just around the bend


23 Sep 17


























In Mildenhall, a small town in Suffolk, England, you will find peace and contentment. Just around the bend is a serene park, a small farm, or a bubbling brook. Sometimes you will be met with the sun on an afternoon stroll, or some light showers that end with a rainbow to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Take a seat on a park bench, read a book, and occasionally look up to watch a family of swans swimming downstream, or a mallard drake waddle by. There may be few better places in England to center yourself, let your troubles of the week dissipate, and let nature envelop you.

© WILLIAM HAWKES / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - "Just around the bend"

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20170921

Cluttered mind


20 Sept. 2017



High strung thoughts
Twisted inside the mind  
The past is on repeat
A soul that won't unwind                

Anticipation
The days yet to come  
The not yet determined  
Where Terror is from

The here, the now
Where the mind should rest
May be the reality
That delivers the ultimate test


Content quiet minds
Living in the moment
Is sometimes seen
 as the daunting component

Alone and lonely
They are not the same breed
Lonely, is for no one      
Alone,  is in great need


the path is greater traveled
Where there is no time
All are too busy
To heal their heart and mind

The road less traveled
Is one of tranquil feeling
A moment to sit
ALONE......start the healing.




The road less traveled
The road less traveled




Cluttered Mind, Poem

Cristy writes about struggle in this poem but she tactfully sees the end game as well. She knows that what we undergo as writers is part of what makes us end up as winners. Change, rhythm, breath all are parts of the process to healing. Heal we must. Heal we will.

© Cristy Johnson Bowen/ OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved: Cluttered Mind, Poem

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20170917

Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum


17 Sep. 2017


About War Time


During a recent visit to the Chrysler Museum, an 1874 painting by Englishman, Briton Riviere, captured my canine imagination and left me wanting more. Riviere, a great dog lover himself, devoted much of his life to painting animals.  He said, “you can never a paint a dog unless you are fond of it.”  

Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum
Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum

Having studied at the London Royal Academy, Riviere’s brilliant use of texture,  detail, and contrasting colors is apparent. Here he uses them to capture a tragic scene, a father learning of the loss of his son during wartime.  War Time moved, inspired and captivated me such that I captured the painting with my ubiquitous, if not pedestrian, smart phone. 

You see, the Chrysler is so progressive and user friendly, it encourages its patrons to do the very thing we now do at least several times a week, screen shot its collection.  Amazing isn’t it? Me a 21st century dog lover, proud pet parent of two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, with the press of a button, owns a piece of dog loving artistic history.

Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum

The Above Placard Reads:

Briton Riviere, English, 1840-1920
War Time 1874, Oil on Canvas
"Briton Riviere achieved fame for his heartfelt depictions of dogs, and it is the devoted dogs in this painting that tell us there is something amiss with their master. Like them, we look at the old sheepherder, wondering why he has abandoned his distant flock and retreated to his farmyard. The newspaper in his hand provides the grim answer. It reports the death of his son in battle."  -- Chrysler Museum Exhibit


"Briton Riviere's poignant portrayal of an old shepherd mourning the loss of his son, the 1874 oil-on-canvas War Time, is now on view in Gallery 274. The painting is in quite good company, as that gallery contains works by Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edouard Manet and Auguste Rodin. You can see the Reviere work in our gallery below.  " -- Chrysler Museum: Recently Acquired Works Boost Collection

Gertrude Jewell is inspired by her connection with her dogs, Briton Riviere's "War Time" painting and the connections she is allowed to have and experience through Norfolk's Chrysler Museum. A modern progressive museum that allows her to connect in a meaningful way from the present to the past.

© Gertrude Jewell / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. -Museum Inspiration - Briton Riviere "War Time" - 1874 - Chrysler Museum

#OgFOMK #GertrudeJewell #ChryslerMuseum #Museum #BritonRiviere #WarTime #Dogs

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20170916

Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon


16. Sep. 2017


We went out to Craddock which is in Portsmouth, Virginia to look for some inexpensive studio / office space. We found some interesting spots but more importantly we found Toney Herndon of Hard Times Skate Shop.

Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon
Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon

We were looking in the window of Hard Times Skate Shop enjoying the displays and how the shop was set up. Really, truth be known, Alex was dreaming of having a new skate board and remembering how much fun it was to be a street skater / punk rocker.


Hard Times Skate Shop - Window Display
Hard Times Skate Shop - Window Display

Toney came out of another shop and said to us: "Would you like to go inside?" Alex began stuttering like he didn't know English and managed to say, "yes". So Toney invited us in. Then Alex cleverly said, "Is this your shop?"

Hard Times Skate Shop - T-shirts
Hard Times Skate Shop - T-shirts

Toney was very kind and gave us a little history about his business and let us look around. Hard Times Skate Shop has been in business for 5 years. Unlike some other business owners in Portsmouth, Toney was confident, positive and very helpful. Exactly what makes a great skate shop owner.

Hard Times Skate Shop - Decks, shoes, skate gear
Hard Times Skate Shop - Decks, shoes, skate gear

The t-shirts, skate decks, trucks, wheels, helmets, vans and Thrasher magazines where all there. It was a comfortable shop. A great place to talk skate and get skate. While looking around it hit Alex to ask the question: "Hey would you like to contribute as a blogger to OgFOMK ArTS?" 

Hard Times Skate Shop - Shop window logo
Hard Times Skate Shop - Shop window logo

It was a no brainer. Toney liked art. His business was exactly the type we loved and he had the DIY attitude except he wasn't just talking about it. He was doing it. We needed him on our team and we wanted to join his. 

Hard Times Skate Shop - Trucks, videos, stickers
Hard Times Skate Shop - Trucks, videos, stickers

After speaking with Toney we decided to work together on getting him into the blogging game. Tomorrow we will meet with him at his shop and help him get started. We hope to see you at his shop sometime too! Support your local skate shop!



Local skate shop, Hard Times Skate Shop and entrepreneur Toney Herndon. Hard Times Skate Shop has been in business for 5 years and keeps on rolling. Toney Herndon is friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated skate enthusiast who will help you get what you need to skate like a pro. He is also joining the OgFOMK ArTS team as a contributor. 

© Alex Nuttall / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Hard Times Skate Shop - Toney Herndon - OgFOMK ArTS Business Partners

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A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain"


By Lon Bennett - Bio

 A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain"
 A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain"




Drawing by Lon Bennett, title:  A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain". Original Date: 20170831 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Re/Published

A beautiful mountain. A beautiful lady before or from the mountain. The door is closed. The stairs creep up behind her head. She is beautiful and confidently so. An unusual and rare glimpse into the random shapes the succumb to the lines and colors of red and black.

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #PrettyLady #Drawing #Mountain

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 A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 10 - "Pretty Lady from the Mountain" – 31. Aug. 2017 – #OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #PrettyLady #Drawing #Mountain

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© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 - 2017 | 20170914 -ABN – Ed Date: 2017-09-14 16:45

20170915

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife"




By Lon Bennett - Bio

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife"
A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife"




Drawing by Lon Bennett, title: A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife". Original Date: 20170831 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Re/Published .

This lovely vessel will eat your face off if you are not careful. This apparatus has all the senses. There are elements of playfulness as always. Lon Bennett tells a story here. From the Bauhaus to the flower who is shocked you see her and then there is the knife. What is the knife there for?

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #FlowerPot #Drawing #Ink

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A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 9 - "Flower Pot With Knife" – 31. Aug. 2017 – #OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #FlowerPot #Drawing #Ink

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© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 - 2017 | 20170914 -ABN – Ed Date: 2017-09-14 16:25

20170914

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - "Happy Valentines"


14 Feb. 2016

By Lon Bennett - Bio

A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - "Happy Valentines"
A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - "Happy Valentines"




Drawing by Lon Bennett, title: A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - Happy Valentines. Original Date: 20160214 – © Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2016 – 2017 – Re/Published .

Lon Bennett was inspired on and by Valentines Day 2016. The flowers, soft breast, promise of shelter and music provide a stairway into his heart and mind. Everyone is invited including a spider who we can imagine needs this too!

#OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #Valentines #Drawing #RedInk #BlackInk #Love

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A Series in Red and Black - Drawing 8 - Happy Valentines – 14. Feb. 2016 – #OgFOMK #Art #LonBennett #RedAndBlack #Valentines #Drawing #RedInk #BlackInk #Love

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© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS 2016 - 2017 | 20170914 -ABN – Ed Date: 2017-09-14 15:33