Thursday, July 26, 2012

Little Keithock Farmhouse

Little Keithock Farmhouse, Near Brechin, Angus, Scotland, charcoal and conte by F. Lennox Campello, 1990
Little Keithock Farmhouse, Near Brechin, Angus, Scotland
One of the most influential times of my life were the years that I lived in Scotland (1989-1992). Above is a drawing that I did in 1990 of the farmhouse where I used the live. This haunting (and haunted) place was built in  1681 and there was even an older dovecot right next to it. Its farm fields were adjacent to the Brechin Golf Club, which I think is the second or third oldest golf playing ground in the world.
In fact, the dovecot next to it was so much older (built in 1534), that it merited an entry in the Scottish Ordnance Map as an "antiquity," not an easy thing in Europe's most ancient nation.

Anyway, the farmhouse had a beautiful garden, which was surrounded by a tall stone wall. One day, one of the trucks that used the dirt road that ran in front of the house, and led to the nearby potato and turnip fields, lost control, and slammed into the wall, destroying a couple of feet of wall.

A couple of days later, another truck dumped a small pile of new rocks, and soon afterwards an elderly gent showed up, and using nothing but a small hammer, began to rebuild the wall. He re-used the old rocks that had been disturbed by the accident, as well as some of the new ones.

Slowly but surely, over a few days, the wall was rebuilt before my eyes. When it was done, other than the fact that the moss on the stones had been re-arranged, it was impossible to tell that an accident had happened. A year later, the moss was back everywhere and no visual evidence that a chunk of the wall was "new" existed.

Opportunity for Artists

Holy Cross Hospital: Call for Entries

The Community Art Gallery at Holy Cross Hospital seeks local artists to exhibit work-specifically art with strong ties to the Holy Cross mission and community.

The application deadline is August 10, and exhibition period is from September 2012 through August 2013. Four to eight exhibitors will be selected. For additional entry info and specifications, contact Christian Payne at 301-754-7920 or

Simon Bolivar's reconstructed 3-D face

 Here's the face of the man named Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco (July 24, 1783 – December 17, 1830), known to most of the world as Simón Bolívar, and also as the man who kicked the Spaniards out of most of the Americas and led Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia to independence.

Brutish thug Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez recently commissioned and just released this 3D portrait of the Bolivar face.