December 16, 2017

Monthly Archives: October 2014

The decorations Next Door

Halloween decorations at The Next Door featuring art by Greg Wheeler

The Next Door Bar is a Montrose drinkery on the same block as Rudyard’s at 2020 Waugh in Houston—seems like it has been there forever. The bar serves up strong cheap drinks, Lone Star in a bottle, a rockin’ juke box, old fashioned video games, and plenty of people watching. I stopped in last week for a nightcap and to see the Halloween decorations—this is a neighborhood watering hole that tends to go all out at Halloween. I’ve been a patron for at least a decade. But Next Door isn’t only a hard core drinking bar; it is also, as …continue reading

TroysArt Museum: Execution Art

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In days gone by, oil paintings played an important role in imparting knowledge to the general population. They commemorated significant historical events and often served as political statements–especially the stories of execution, punishment, torture, and martyrdom. It is hard to imagine vast majorities of the public illiterate. Artists used symbolic details to emote dramatic statements and the figures created on the canvas play parts like actors on a stage expressing gestures of grief and despair. I especially love the one depicting Lady Jane Grey. It is painted so richly and so beautifully that it draws the viewer into the intense …continue reading

The fine art of sleep: Tempur-pedic

The Tempur-pedic Cloud Luxe at Bassett SleepShop

I reckon that everyone can conjure images from late night infomercials of a man jumping on a mattress with a glass of wine on it—the early days of the Tempur-pedic campaign. But when it comes to Tempur-pedic there are a few things that people think they know; but mostly there are facts that they do not. Most people who object to the idea of a Tempur-pedic say that they’ve heard it “sleeps hot” or that they just don’t like the feeling. Welcome to the 21st Century, folks! Like typewriters and rotary dial phones, innerspring mattresses are old technology. An objection …continue reading

Photo Friday: FEMA

St. Louis Cemetary #2 under water from Hurricane Katrina by Liz Roll, FEMA Photo Library

Today’s Photo Friday pic is spooky for many reasons… New Orleans, 2005: St. Louis Cemetary #2 under water from Hurricane Katrina by Liz Roll. (This image is part of the FEMA Photo Library; all FEMA images are in the public domain.)

TroysArt Museum: Anatomy Lessons

Jan van Neck, Anatomische les van Dr. Frederick Ruysch, 1683, oil on canvas, public domain.

An emerging wealthy merchant class in 17th Century Europe created a market for several new genres of paintings. Artists created portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and prints—pieces that wealthy individuals could not only afford but also easily display in the home. But another type of painting also developed: group portraiture. Group portraiture became popular particularly in Holland and was placed in a public space to promote a particular organization. In honor of Halloween, TroysArt has assembled a few autopsy paintings, better known as Anatomy Lessons. The most popular of these is undoubtedly The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632, by …continue reading

Dog on Monday: Sydney

Sydney the Australian Shepherd

This week’s Dog on Monday is Sydney, a frisky Australian Shepherd.  Her people are the Jurgensen family from Pearland, Texas–Steve, Jenee’, John Michael, and little Jillian.  Here Sydney is shown, ready for Halloween, wearing one of Jillian’s princess dresses, though she seems more interested in the tennis ball! According to Jenee’, Sydney is becoming more frisky as the cooler weather moves to Texas–look at her thick coat, I can imagine.  But she’s afraid of the rain, she’ll try to jump into the bathtub or laundry basket when it starts to pour.  But one of Sydney’s most endearing qualities is empathy; if …continue reading

TroysArt Museum: Twisted Masterpieces

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Rape of Ganymede, 1635, oil on canvas. Also known as the Abduction of Ganymede. Ganymede, a Trojan of great beauty, was abducted by Zeus and forced into a homosexual relationship.

It is a fallacy that the art greats only produced portrait after stodgy portrait of the rich and powerful. How about another Madonna & Child? I think not. So in honor of Halloween, TroysArt has curated this creepy collection of canvases by some of the most famous artists ever known to humanity. Rembrandt van Rijn, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Francisco de Goya, Michelangelo Caravaggio, Henry Fuseli, and John Singleton Copley. Click on each of the six sick twisted masterpieces to appreciate their true genius! In the days before photography and movies, these paintings must have been quite exciting to see—perhaps a bit …continue reading