Book Published

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Book of my selected works finally published

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Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 12:36 pm  Comments (4)  

Marines at War

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Graphic by Robert Tracy

Published in: on November 7, 2007 at 6:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Master Work

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Marvin Steel
Traditional Flamenco Bulerias
Oil on linen
30 x 38″
2007

Not being an art critic I can only show what I consider to be a masterpiece.
As a matter of fact, if I were qualified to critique this work, I think I’d be speechless.
Please click the link Marvin Steel for a much larger view of this painting, and some close-ups.

Also Click on the link Marvin Steel on the right side board. It will take you to Mr. Steel’s other work.

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flamenco Guitar

This is one of my favorite styles of music. Since a child it has been.

Later, Ayn Rand described Spanish music (not specifically Flamenco) as having “passionate intensity”.

Paco de lucia is the best of it. Incredible talent!


Published in: on October 22, 2007 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

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Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Oils on linen

16 x 20″

1984

 

I’ve published a book of 70 of my works, 15 drawings and 55 paintings. Keep updated at “Art of Robert Tracy”. Soon you’ll be able to purchase the book. I’ll let you know.

My wife was 34 when I made this painting of her. Last Sunday was our 38th Wedding Anniversary. Today she looks the same as she did then. Today, as in 1984, she still looks to me as she did when I met her when she was 15, and I was barely 17.

Published in: on October 13, 2007 at 10:26 am  Comments (2)  

Happy Birthday “Atlas Shrugged”

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I’m happy to offer Ayn Rand’s favorite color in this simple graphic commemorating her monumental achievement in creating the greatest book ever written.

 

Happy Birthday Atlas Shrugged!

Published in: on October 10, 2007 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Introducing Gordon van Vliet

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Alone At Turning Point
Oils on canvas
6 x 8″
2007

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Courage In Blue
Oils on canvas
6 x 4″
2006

Gordon van Vliet

Here is an artist who’s work is honest and unpretentious. It presents a world of glory in the ordinary.

Why is his work so good?

It’s because he paints those subjects that are of personal value to him.

His color is vibrant.

His compositions are traditional, as they possess his own twist.

Who would think to put the power wires at the top of his “Alone At Turning Point”? A perfect idea.

The color harmony in his “Courage in Blue” is perfect.

Let the world wait in joyous anticipation for his next work.

See Gordon van Vliet

At his site are numerous works. And his notes on his art, good reading in its own right–shows a man who knows what he’s doing. How he does it. And why.

Published in: on October 9, 2007 at 11:39 am  Comments (2)  

The Artist and the Dealer

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Marvin Steel
Spanish Sardines
Oils on heavy canvas
16 x 20″
1967

Marvin writes:

“The painting was full of dust and looked terrible, A dealer offered me $300.00 for it, and!, I would have to clean it and varnish it. So I cleaned it and varnished it, found the original frame and hung it on the studio wall. The dealer, well, he doesn’t own a Marvin Steel.

“I like the colors. The models were later used for bait.

“The painting was in my surrealistic period.”

Looks like Marvin is the better dealer.

“An artist is a trader….the hardest and most exacting of all traders.”
―Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” p.782 (HB)

Published in: on September 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Paula

Paula was a fabricator of facts. She hated reality, living in a world that was never dull. A tall tale, to her, was better then telling the factual truth, besides it was more fun.

Some of us remember the funny story, mostly told to kids, that she was really a Mermaid, keeping her tail in a box, only taking it out when she wanted to go for a swim.

One could talk to her about any subject, hearing her ideas, mostly made up creations, that would leave a person in wonder. She was very convincing, forcing a listener to doubt he ever knew what the true facts were!!

She did not care to be an example for others to follow, however, she was.

Paula’s legacy is one of individualism and independence.

She stated, not in words, but in a life style that was: Never be like others to please anyone; be fearless to do what you want to do; live for enjoyment; never fear illness or dying, only think of living; never work just for money and security, because it is the ruination of one’s freedom and happiness, she hardly ever worked for anyone, but rather, lived by her wits always having enough money to travel the world; always look in the mirror to make sure you are what you want to be, it is important to always be Paula; if you are not great, act as if you are; always dress as if you are going to meet the Queen; and, don’t waste money on trivial things, money is to be used for great endeavors like going to Japan or buying a mansion, never buy a newspaper when one can find one for nothing.

Now, Paula has gone to get her Mermaids tail.

Paula
Paula
Marvin Steel
Oil Sketch
12 x 16″
1960

Tribute and painting by Marvin Steel

Post Script:

I didn’t know who Paula was, so I wrote back to Marvin. This was his answer:

I took it for granted that everyone knew this was my Mother. This statement was read at the funeral, no clergy invited. Her name was Paula Shubow, like shoe bow.

The funeral started with a loud Hip Hip Hooray and ended that way.

My Mother would have loved what I said. She was one in a million. She had red hair and walked in her high heels until she was ninety two.

It will take time for me to realize the extent of the loss.

The painting is very rough and fast, we laughed through the entire hour. At least I caught some of the fun we had.

Published in: on September 7, 2007 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Angel of the Morning

This is one of my favorite songs.

The deep, dark intensity of the music fits it’s theme. I.e., a form of casual sex. But it’s more than that. There’s true passion, real love, tenderness and loss in this:

“…if my love can’t bind your heart…for it was I who chose to start.

“I won’t beg you to stay with me
through the tears of the day,
of the years…Just touch my cheek before you leave me….”

Angel of the Morning

There’ll be no strings to bind your hands
Not if my love can’t bind your heart.
And there’s no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start.
I see no reason to take me home,
I’m old enough to face the dawn.

Just call me angel of the morning ANGEL
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby.
Just call me angel of the morning ANGEL
Then slowly turn away from me.

Maybe the sun’s light will be dim
And it won’t matter anyhow.
If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned,
Well it was what I wanted now.
And if we’re victims of the night,
I won’t be blinded by the light.

Just call me angel of the morning ANGEL
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby.
Just call me angel of the morning ANGEL
Then slowly turn away,
I won’t beg you to stay with me
Through the tears of the day,
Of the years, baby baby.
Just call me angel of the morning ANGEL
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby.

Skeeter Davis’ original is still the best, but hard to find.

“Angel of the Morning” is a poignant heart-breaking song.

Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment