My first time at the DIA, I stumbled across Kehinde Wiley’s Officer of the Hussars, and I was instantly hooked.

There’s a baroque richness to Wiley’s (huge!) paintings that puts him on par with the old masters, but his subjects are very modern. His Officer is a black man, circa right now, dressed in Timberland boots, baggy jeans and a wife-beater, brandishing a cavalry saber and looking back from the saddle of a rearing horse. It was completely unexpected, and so awesome that I couldn’t stop grinning.

Every time we go back, I revisit Officer of the Hussars, and it always makes me smile. When I heard that Wiley’s art was coming to TMA, I knew we had to go, and I’m really glad we did.

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I’ve always had this dumb idea that Toledo needs a subway system. Not because I want to ride it, or I think it’s a good idea for Toledo economically, but so I can draw a map of it. I’ve actually tried a couple of times, but the idea is so remote and absurd that it’s hard to know where to start.

Yesterday while driving back from lunch with a friend, I started thinking about the exits on I-475. I thought, those are kind of like subway stops, and it got me to thinking about the subway project again. So here it is.

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Click on the map to view the full version

It’s probably of very little value, but I had a lot of fun doing it and I learned some new Illustrator skills. Big thanks to Cameron Booth for inspiration, and for the Illustrator tutorials.

Yesterday Michelle and I went back to Stranleigh for the behind-the-scenes tour. We had a great time and heard some interesting stories, but I didn’t get as many pictures as I would’ve liked.

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These were all taken in early 2013 at the Toledo Museum of Art. Wide angle and HDR showcase the museum’s amazing architecture.

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Toledo Museum of Art Classic Court
8mm, f/11, HDR from 3 images
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Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery Piano
16mm, f/8, HDR from 3 images
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Classic Court Mosaic and Bench
8mm, f/5, HDR from 3 images

I’ve always been interested in stately homes, and since we bought our house my interest has only increased. I love seeing elaborate decor and thinking about how I could do the same thing (on a smaller scale) in our own house. Without the budget of an industrial tycoon, I can’t do everything I want at once, but having future plans makes the “March 2043” payoff date on our mortgage statements a little easier to swallow.

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Meet Viktor and Talya, the Toledo Zoo’s new tiger cubs. They were born in September and put on exhibit early this year. Last weekend, Michelle and I finally got over to the zoo to see them. The zoo is great this time of year – the animals are more active in the cold then they are in the summer, and there are hardly any people there.

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