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  1. My Latest

    Thank you very much, Carlos.
  2. My Latest

    The Housemade Oils on linen 8 x 10" 2013
  3. Rediscovering the Pencil

    The Pencil—what I call my “thinking tool”—is alive and well. Well, it always has been since I was 5, but in the past six weeks I’ve brought it out in full force. First I took on a rare commissioned work that involved some 100+ hours actual work time. I loved the process so much again that I took out a drawing that had been lying around my studio for years. In four days I finished it. What I’ve discovered is that, working from a photo reference I do what I always have done with a portrait; that is I consciously try not to capture a likeness. Rather to make it look like the person, yet stylized so as to be a universal face. Furthermore, I now stylize everything in the picture using every means available to the pencil—which is to say endless possibilities, really letting the pencil “speak to me”. It says “look at your work, not the source photo—the drawing tells you how to proceed. Just let go of thinking, let your feelings (that is to say, your sense of life) be your guide." Perhaps this is a bit backward from writing. I look at the source photo during the "rough draft" and let my sense of life fly toward the end process; the final 5 - 10 layers. So here are the commission, and the brought-back-from-the-studio drawings. Man and His Dog Pencil 6¼ x 9" 2012 Boy Climbing Pencil 8 x 5¾” 2012
  4. Rediscovering the Pencil

    My latest: Portrait of Brian Faulkner Pencil7 x 8¾"2013 I started this from life over a period of several days. From life I captured the keynotes I was pursuing. I took several photos that I used later for reference. Thanks for looking.
  5. Where to get my own Galt cigarettes?

    The link no longer works. Try this:
  6. I had said on my web site’s links page “Do not buy this book until I get around to updating it.” Now the book is updated. Since I made that book in 2007 I've got a better camera, newer pictures and have learned how to adjust them in Photoshop so they look nearer the originals. The softcover and hardcover are available, but expensive. The publisher does not yet offer a conversion to Kindle, only to iPad. This is an e-book for i-Pad. I offer it for $10.99 for a $1.00 profit. That’s as low as Blurb offers it. It seems too high to me. I could sell it at no profit just to get it out there. I don’t have an iPad but have seen them and wonder how my book would look on so tiny a thing as the iPad. Blurb is looking seriously into making books available for Kindle, but who knows when? A year or two? I’d be pleased to have 50 people buy the iPad version. Let me know if I should drop the price to $9.99 for no profit to me but the book would be out there. And that’s good enough. As in 2007 when first published, I will sign the physical books at your request. You'll need to send it to me; I sign it and send it back to you. Click the above image. It will take you to the page for ordering. There are 15 drawings, and 55 paintings. Here are previews of one drawing and one painting in the book: Portrait of Lillian Gish Silver Point 8 x 11" 1990 Enlarged view here. No Dear John Oils on Canvas 24 x 12" 1986 Please see an enlarged view of this painting and read my description of how I created it, and clues to its meaning. And here are enlarged views of the flower, the lamp and the Marine outside the window. Thank you for looking.
  7. Book: The Art of Robert Tracy

    Thanks, Bill. Please let me know how the softcover looks. I'll get around to ordering one for myself in time.
  8. Book: The Art of Robert Tracy

    Arnold, what a curly cue way of getting the book! Thank you very much. Please let me know how it looks.
  9. 4 Cats

    Thank you Carlos
  10. 4 Cats

    4 Cats Robert Tracy Oils on linen 8 x 10" 2012 Finished this on Nov. 7 2012.
  11. 4 Cats

    Thank you Betsy.
  12. 4 Cats

    Thank you. Yes, the pane of glass--it's a cat TV.
  13. Happy Birthday to Mac

    Thank you very much, Carlos.
  14. Happy Birthday to Mac

    Thank you very much, John.
  15. Happy Birthday to Mac

    Thank you very much, Betsy.
  16. Rediscovering the Pencil

    Sorry, the first link should work here:
  17. Rediscovering the Pencil

    Sounds nice. I used to enter, back in the 1980's, an Art contest given through (I think the Indianapolis Art Museum). The attraction, for me, was its focus on small works, no larger than 5 x 7". I always have plenty of my artworks to enter-and never came close to an award or recognition. They had an agenda I should have seen--representational art was ignored. By the early 1990's I'd built up a huge portfolio of works that I took to the Local Art museum, interested in a one-man show. They granted my "great talent" but again were interested in junk art. So I haven't even tried museums or contests or art galleries, with the exception of Cordair. But stand by. By Nov. 15 I will know if my two chosen works for the Veteran Artist Program will be accepted for a year long show at the Pentagon. Glad they ask for any art, not specific to Military art. (Most of my military art is at the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.) Would make me happy to have my art at the Pentagon. If interested, please see my two submitted works: // and
  18. I agree. Might add incredible private wealth. And productiveness in America. "Going Galt"? America is not that far gone, or going yet....
  19. Rediscovering the Pencil

    Thank you very much. I tried to stay away from a propaganda picture.
  20. Rediscovering the Pencil

    Ominous Parallels Colored Pencil 10¼ x 7” 2012 One might see that I refer to the power lines in their parallel lines, beyond the obvious reference to Dr. Peikoff’s book "The Ominous Parallels". My working title was "Symbols". Started before reading his DIM and finished after my first reading of it, when I added the American Eagle and flag. I see better hope for America than his prognosis. It's a symbolic picture, what with the cowering collective of birds on the main wire. I don't know if eagles come down to devour these birds or not. If anything Romantic in this it's a fantasy that the Eagle is a survivor and will "save" the others in the way of Hank Reardon, paraphrasing: "I'm only sorry I have to save your damned lives along the way."
  21. Nothing against gays. But in the military? In a combat situation? I'm against it. Why? In combat blood is everywhere. One's best friend and possibly a very fine warrior is at your side. He's bleeding. You're bleeding. Suppose he has Aids. Do you want to die from the blood of a hurt or fallen comrade as his possibly aids tainted blood mingles with yours? Because it's too common that it will be. It's that simple.
  22. The Outcasts by Bill Bucko

    A Catholic, of Italian ancestry, friend I've known since 1st grade read it. Here is her response: Not only was it written quite eloquently but also answered many questions I've had in life. I learned a lot of Italian history reading the book but more importantly I learned it is okay to have independent thoughts. I live on the peripheral of life. And that is okay today!! Free thinkers. Explains a lot. Please tell your friend I am very impressed with his book. I hope he continues to write.
  23. The Outcasts by Bill Bucko

    Thanks, Bill. Got to have the physical copy. I've ordered two. Have read "The Outcasts" twice now, my wife once. Outstanding!
  24. Rediscovering the Pencil

    Girl Cross-stitching Pencil 6½ x 7” 2012
  25. Raphaella di Piero by Bill Bucko

    You've known the experience of seeing the interrelationship of one art form in various other art works. Haven't you? You hear a piece of music that brings to mind visual arts, or in a literary work, you hear a piece of music, or see a favorite painting. Looking at a painting you might hear some music and a quote from a book. Here's my experience in reading Bill Bucko's new novel "Raphaella di Piero". I read it first a couple of years ago in manuscript form and loved it. Now published, it's always good for me to hold a book as a physical object, a thing to keep and treasure—I often buy a second copy for underlining and notes. I love “Raphaella di Piero” even more in its finished form. Not to give away the plot, I will say that its theme is the great one: VALUING. The theme is about valuers…and those who fail to value. That is to say, Bucko has presented an appealing character, (the title name) showing, in her, the importance of independent thinking and acting according to one's rational judgment. There's a benevolent scene in the book, on page 19, that reminds me of a painting I've done of my two daughters wrestling playfully. Girls Pastel 13½ x 10½" 2001 I encourage you to delve into the world of Bill Bucko. You will come away with an experience showing that "Animus vinci non potest, nisi voluntarie." (Your spirit cannot be broken, unless you will it so.)