By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro... (More)
About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has brought trAction Painting events to local schools and summer camps. He also creates visual puns. His works are included in several private collections. John has authored/coauthored a dozen books, including Technobabble and Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems. John can be contacted at [email protected]
Bill Carmel has 35 years' experience as a professional artist. His fine art paintings, sculptures, and designs are included in private, corporate, and public art collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After teaching at Humboldt State University and Southern Illinois University, he returned to the Bay Area, where he remains active in the arts by serving as a co-curator for the Lamorinda Arts Council's Orinda Gallery and by exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. Bill reviews exhibits at SFMOMA, the De Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums, and other Bay Area exhibition venues. Bill can be contacted at [email protected]
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“In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” In the April Husbandry section he wrote:
Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers”—quora.com
That couplet comes to us contemporaneously as:
Bring May flowers
Think of a sweet spring day: a profusion of floral hues highlighted against a cerulean sky dotted with puffy cumulus.
The flower-infused pagan holiday of May 1 is also the date for International Workers Day, so I’ve thrown in a little red in addition to the highly
abstracted blooms for the occasion.
Parenthetically, the “Mayday!” distress call derives from “Venez m’aider” (“Come help me”), originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford as a signal for distress that could be understood by everyone plying/guiding craft between England and France at the time.