2013 Wall Calendar
posted: January 4, 2013

I realize I'm a little behind the eight ball with this post and just about everyone already has their new calendars up for the new year, but Andrews McMeel has come out with a calendar of my word paintings. So this is the first time in 30 years that I won't be sending out my own calendar. I hate to break the string, but it made no sense this year. They are being sold on Amazon and at your local bookstore.
Purchase here.
For the past several decades, I have spent the week between Christmas and New Years, a time usually fallow for assigments, busy getting my calendars out the door, rubber stamping, writing personal notes, stuffing envelopes and applying stamps. Not this year. Instead I have been up to my ears in Renaissance art history. I accepted an adjunct teaching position at Champlain College in Burlington and will be teaching art history two mornings a week. I've always had a passion for art history, so this is a logical step for me. I've had about three weeks to prepare for the first class. I am simultaniously terrified and excited. Art history from the Renaissance to Present through the eyes of a humorous illustrator! Outta be fun.


May - Andrews McMeel was nice enough to continue my tradition of highlighting the 4th of May....


Symbolism in Jan Van Eyck's Double Portrait of Giovanni Arnfolini and his Wife anyone?...

John Dykes January 4, 2013
Fabulous, Hal! The calendar looks sweet. I am going to show up for your first class. Good luck with that - I bet you will benefit greatly... as well as your students, of course!
Mark Fisher January 4, 2013
Looks Super Hal! Symbolism is dead, humor rules.
Bill Carman January 5, 2013
Are you sure she's his wife? Good luck with the class.
THIBEAULT January 5, 2013
Van Eyck's known for his use of the shoe to represent many tropes. Look to the toes and/or their lack; the scandal's in the sandals. Or it's the Minks me thinks! PS: The dog is a Wookie child.
Hal Mayforth January 5, 2013
You get an A, Thibeault! She's lifting her dress so the pasty young gentlemen can get a peek at her bare toes, which was a total turn on in 15th century Flanders. Me thinks the angle is wrong, however.
Jim Paillot January 5, 2013
Love the calendar, Hal. I would love to be a student in your class. More symbolism- the oranges in the bkgrd have not been peeled so they have not had intimate relations. At least on this day. And it is also crazy, giant hat day.
THIBEAULT January 6, 2013
Thanks Teach!!! Speaking of angles, check out the dangle behind her head!!! Balsac spoke of this didn't he?
Bill Carman January 6, 2013
Balsac, really! I'm going to steal this next time I show it to my students.
THIBEAULT January 7, 2013
My Bad: I meant "Balzac", no dis-Honore intended!
Deb perugi January 8, 2013
Tell us more! What's with the single candle in the chandelier and the red sandals in the back? Also, his hand similarly posed like a catholic priest's blessing? So much here to look at.
Hal Mayforth January 8, 2013
Single candle is divine light. There are alot of interpretations of the shoes. His are outdoor shoes, hers indoors, indicating their roles in their union. I'm sure an entire book could be written on this one painting!
Hal Mayforth January 8, 2013
Thanks, Bill. I'll look into these books.
erth January 9, 2013
Hey Bill, both links don't clear up a thing. Clearly Van Eyck hated men, the Arnfolini portrait is alien and his wife is earthen. Look to Roswell for Arnfolini's ancestry!!
Bill Carman January 9, 2013
Can't argue with that. This and The Ghent Altarpiece were too perfect to be painted by a human.
THIBEAULT January 9, 2013
Erth: If the wife is so earthen, why does she have horns?
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