Category Archives: Art

Howard Pyle at the Delaware Art Museum

PyleAttackOnAGalleonImages from the Delaware Art Museum collections.

For my birthday this year, Ellen and I went to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware and enjoyed an impressive collection of art that’s right in my centers of interest. I have lots of pictures, so I’m going to spread them over three posts, beginning with the work of Howard Pyle (1853-1911).

Pyle was a native of Wilmington with a long career as a painter, magazine illustrator, author and teacher. The museum has a large and excellent display of his illustrations and paintings, several with a pirate theme, as above attack on a spanish galleon. Continue reading

New Calendar Art Exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum


This morning Ellen and I visited the Brandywine River Museum in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, one of my favorite museums. It’s a treasure house of American illustration art and the work of the Wyeth family, as well as a beautiful building with lovely views of the river.


Their new exhibit running from now until May 18th is “A Date with Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars.” There are several calendar paintings by one of my favorite artists, Maxfield Parrish, this one from an Edison Mazda Calendar. It had glass over it, so there are reflections. Needless to say, my photos don’t do justice to any of the paintings, you have to go see them for yourself! Continue reading

3-D Chalk Art Show, Atlantic City


We went to this fascinating show of street art today in Atlantic City. I’ve seen this kind of work in photos, but never in real life, and while I had some idea of how it’s done, I wanted to experience it in person. Ellen and I both found it wonderful. I’ve tried to name the artists, but have missed a few.


Here’s the one I think we liked best, by Sharyn Namnath. From the designated correct photo spot, it looks as if the dice, place markers, houses and hotels and Mr. Money are rising up from the street. Continue reading

A Maze Game

© Todd Klein.

I was at a loss for something to write about this evening, so I pulled this old maze game out of my files. I used to enjoy creating mazes on paper in grade school, and still have some of those, but this one was done a bit later, probably in high school. Each pair of matching letters is connected, so for instance if you should come to a capital T, you then jump to the other capital T, wherever that is on the maze. Eventually you will land in one of the numbered boxes at the bottom. You can compete with a friend by totalling your score on consecutive runs. There’s a large scan HERE that you can download and print out. The quality is not the best, as this is a photocopy, not the original (don’t know where that is), but I think it’s clear enough to play on.

Hey, you CAN still have fun with a piece of paper, you know! Let me know if you try it.