Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More Treasures From Another (Even Older) Time

I just found my grandfather's railroad passes from 1943 and 1944. They were in a billfold type thing that has his photograph attached, and the railroad rules printed on the inside. The rules read like a contract (I had to take out a magnifying glass to read them), and he had to sign on the dotted line.
Serious stuff.

Folded up behind the passes was a train schedule. I thought the ads were more interesting than the schedule on the other side, so that's what I scanned.

This schedule was good for January 1944, for New York to Mt. Kisco, Bedford Hills and Katonah.
It's nice that you can still get a room and a bath for $2.50. (What... No HBO?)

The "New York's Suburbs" ad reminds me of Back to the Future for some reason.

Interesting that only one ad even mentions telephone numbers.

Yes, this was a very long time ago. Another world, really. My grandfather was born in 1896. He was 47 when my mother was born - which incidentally is the age that I am now.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hiding and Revealing

"It's What You Reveal" Oil on Canvas ©Tabetha Hastings
I was interviewed today by a student who is writing a paper for her art appreciation class. She chose my self-portrait "It's What You Reveal" for her example of "what is art".  It was really interesting to hear what effect my paintings had on her and her classmates.

You put your art out into the world, and its no longer yours. Everyone has their thoughts, ideas, and opinions about it, and about what you were trying to express. Sometimes it's spot on, and sometimes it's completely off base... but it's not really, because once it's out in the world, it's up to the viewer to decide what that piece of art means.
So... what is this woman hiding? A grin? A frown? Is she angry? Crazy? Trying to seduce you? Or perhaps she just wants everyone to go away and leave her alone. What is she hiding on a deeper level? What is she revealing to you? And what are you hiding and revealing?