Wednesday, March 7, 2018


A brass horn, burnt wood and welded watch parts. That was Reinhold Marxhausen. Above, "Rejoice," 1967, which was featured on page 71 of A Centennial Invitation Exhibition, by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Next, metal instrument key pads incorporated with burnt wood forms. That was Reinhold.

Polished harness knobs and red string became figures, below. More Reinhold.

Mixing materials was Milt Heinrich. One of Reinhold's students.

Wood and round metal in a pattern. That was Milt.

 Industrial materials, colored wire. Tall and sturdy, monumental. That was Milt.

Three minute. Part 1 of artist. Milt Heinrich talks about mixed materials at one telephone company in Blair, Nebraska. Both sections are twelve feet by ten feet.


Seven minutes. Part 2 of Heinrich. Body putty wall relief for a second telephone company in Blair. The history of buried telephone phone cable.


Three minutes. Part 3 of Heinrich on sculpting his large stand alone works.The future of buried phone cable.

Twelve minutes. Part 4 Heinrich about making monumental work. His comments about the cement sculpture called the Open Book, which was made be his college art instructor, Reinhold Marxhausen.

Below, photographs chart the stages of the1959 Open Book monument

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

At The Edge of The Wood

Snow is falling at last.
Easel ready. Canvas edged with blue tape. Palette moist. The brushwork starts.

The snow melts.

A week later, a snow shower returns. Delighted I refresh the palette.

Three minutes. My indoor work space for the snow by the wood. Double click to enlarge images.

At The Edge of The Wood
40 x 30 inches
Karl Marxhausen

in the lab

This from yesterday.

Such a little design that the English Society used. I don't know the originator of it. I eyeballed the original and created my own version of it in pencil.

The H.A. Fowler manuscript grows.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

to thee i bow you hold me now

The riches of his love. This season. I remember emotion was encouraged in our community. It was okay to think about Jesus on the cross and to be touched by what he did for me. It was okay to have tears, okay to be loved by God, both internally and privately but also in the pew. Hearing the words, believing, and making them mine. The way he makes us his. The way me brings faith. The way he comes.

I remember fondly walking the dark halls of Weller to rooms lit by a single candle, during the season of Lent. People silently gathered along the walk to remember Jesus, a meditation and fondness for his being beaten and stripped and mocked and cruelly nailed to heavy wood and left to die. Singing "Go to Dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the temptor's power." That melody meant everything to me --the somberness, the grief, and wonder. Being held by the One who lives forever. Calling me his child. A grown 62 year adult-child, tenderly met, held close, thought of by the Lord, the Most High's precious Son.

Thanks to those who modeled this emotion for me as a child. Pastor spoke about the 40 days leading up to Easter this morning. Lots of words for those who didn't know. For me, the heritage ran deep. St. Paul says how we can be known deeply, how ugly inner workings can be viewed by a loving God, and his mercy pours gratitude out from within the mess that I hide. It is his embrace. That blood cure that makes me know inspite of the crap hidden within he calls me his little boy. 

This is You. My king. tears of joy. Yes!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

brothers Fowler

This past month my study has deepened on the grain merchant from Paola, Kansas.

The organizer in me remembers the energy I had in my twenties. I can easily imagine what Fowler did with his.

He and I have both explored self-publishing. I see parallels. So I am planning to illustrate this work.

Once in December I spent the whole day at the Missouri Valley Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Kansas City Public Library on Tenth Street. A ninety mile drive from where I live.

Doors are swinging open just like they did when I was exploring Fred Geary in 2011, and like the last two years on my father.

A work space is set up at the house. Away from the sounds of television and commotion.

Fowler had roots in the grain business. His grandfather and two brothers. His father and his uncle.