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In Memory of my Daddy

Grady Herd, a really good man

Grady Loyd Herd

12-23-1923  -  01-14-2008

Dear Daddy, You are my inspiration

I hope you know how proud I am to be your daughter.

January 15th, 2008: My daddy died last night at 10:37. The last thing that he saw may have been my face the night before. The last thing that he tasted was the sweet juice of a Clementine on a hospital swab. As he took his last breath, Peace in the Valley by Tennessee Ernie Ford ended and “Nearer my God to Thee” began. The only ones in the room at St Francis Hospital were Lynn and I on each side of his bed, and Joshua, Tiffany, and Gary. Jim had just stepped out of the room. I saw the life leave my Daddy’s face. I felt the last beat of his heart, the last faint quiver in his elbow and neck as that sweet heart cease to sustain the pressure required for circulation…I wish that I could have told him one last time how much I loved him, and how proud that I am to be his daughter.


Art Related Quotations, etc  

These are a few of my  favorite quotes, etc.

I am always looking for more that make me think, or touch my heart.


“When you put all your soul into a work-all that is noble in you-you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is that not all that an artist can hope for?   Camille Pessarro (1830-1903)

“In a picture, those who know no words may yet read.” St Gregory (1020-1085?)

“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your Art   

must be, as it were God’s grandchild. Dante (1225-1321) 

“Now you of noble mind, who love the profession of painting, be guided by these basic principles; love of art, respect for it, willingness to abide by the rules, and perseverance. As soon as you can, place yourself under the guidance of a master

and remain with him for as long as possible.”  Cennino Cennini (1360-1440)


“A painter who has no doubts about his own ability will attain very little. When his work exceeds his judgment, the artist learns nothing…But when his judgment is superior to his work, he will never cease to improve unless his love of money interferes or retards his progress.   Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

“A mirror is a good judge for you to have. It is marvelous how every weakness in a painting is so clearly revealed in a mirror.”   Battista Albertti (1404-1472) 


“A painting is the means by which an artist coveys his passions; It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his emotions.”  August Renoir (1841-1919)

“….but when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist, not in the grand old meaning of the word; Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt and Goya, they were the great painters. I am only a public clown…”    Picasso (1882-1973)

“Emulating a master to improve one’s self is not an original idea, but an age old principle…As one seeks to become more like the “Master”, he draws closer to his own personal best.”-  YHA


“It is in the museum that one learns to paint.”  Renoir (1841-1919) 

“Fine Art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart go together.”  John Ruskin


…the majority of the world’s greatest museums (the Prado in Madrid, the Louve in Pais, and the National gallery in London, for example) were founded for the express purpose of providing artist with the means to learn from the great masters. Today art educators tend to smile at this approach, and yet the study of the old masters is still the easiest and most profitable way to train a painter's eye and hand. 

Lester Cooke- Former Curator, National  Gallery  of Art -(1916-1973

“Most old masters took enormous care in their underdrawing and painting…They knew that by building a strong foundation, much time would be saved at a later stage.” 

Eric Hebron (1934-1996)


"One who accepts the light of praise is always subject to clouds of criticism...I am still basically a hermit artist who has ventured out only temporarily from the shelter of her cave...You and others have made the trip worthwhile!!!"   Thanks,  "yha"

"Passion for art is one of the main factors...time to learn is the other...If you have the love in your heart and a determination to learn, your hands can achieve far more than you ever thought possible...Like in your music, learning and practicing the disciplines of art is not confining , but freeing. Of course, you should never let anything interfere with the love and care of the two little 'Masterpieces' that you have already created; however,  if you evaluate how you spend your time, you should be able to find time for art also...even little steps are progress toward a destination, so I would say "enjoy the journey"!   Best Wishes. "yha"

"So many paintings in the gallery of my imagination...Never enough time!!! "yha"



I don’t want to be

A grain of sand on the beach of man

I want to be

A shell or a shark’s tooth

Noticed and admired

For what I was and what I am

At other times

It's fine to be just a grain of sand

In a sea of anonymity

C5/91 "yha"


Snow flakes fall and settle down

Then melt away without a sound

Snow cannot the summer see

That too much "I" negates the we.



 Falling in Love with Gary

 Beneath The Dam

A tangle web of mountain laurel

Stretched across the ground  

Blossoms reaching for the sky

But it was love that flowered

When he took my hand

To guide me through

  That laureled mountain side.

C2007 "yha" 



Death came quiet

In the night

While I was not yet sleeping

    Playfully he tapped a tune

Upon my chest

     And bid me leave my rest

and dance with him

He took my hand and

Raised me to my feet

Death pulled me close

And I grew weak

     Life's sweet warmth began to flow

From me to him

He pressed his lips

  Against my own

And I knew it was my life

  For which death longed.

It was my breath

He sought to breathe

Suddenly, I pushed

   Him back and turned away

 Death would leave me stiff and cold

Savoring my warmth for a moment

Then off in search of another

To warm his cold dark soul


Savoring my warmth for a moment

Leaving me stiff and cold

 Off like a fickle lover

In search of another

To warm his bleak dark soul.

                                           C 2005 "yha"




 Jonathan Daniel Augustine Arrowood 

May 28, 1978 - Dec 6, 2011

Jonathan Daniel Augustine Arrowood

May 28, 1978 - Dec 6, 2011


Augustine's Lament II

(Life as a Tuna Net)

Trapped in a tuna net

Down under the sea

Trapped in a tuna net

The Dolphin and Me


Who is concerned about

The Dolphin and me

Trapped and alone and

Unable to breathe


It's too late now for

The Dolphin and Me

It's dark and it's cold

Down under the sea

And we can't breathe

Goodbye Dolphin

Goodbye Me

C2014 "yha"


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