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Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Frozen Train

The Frozen Train, by Robert Tracy copyright 2003 All rights reserved

One of my favorite images by Robert. The frozen train is a stream liner from an amazing era in history. An Art Deco inspired theme
that gave rise to huge industrial imagination. Sky scrapers, sleek autos and all manor of appliances. Man as creator taking joy in the shear beauty of form.

Here the trains light streaks a like a lightning bolt across the mid-west landscape to the future. A moment frozen. A fleeting glimpse of greatness. It brings to my mind the beauty of the awesome cities and buildings set against nature in the Star Trek movies. To boldly go where none have gone before. Thank you Robert, for the catalyst of thought that allows this certain imagination.

I find many people are afraid to tackle such dreams and work to make them a reality. Afraid of squandering scarce resources or wasting time. I believe that we can learn to not only utilize the materials we see around us for beautiful purposes, but preserve nature and create new things both in natural and ARTificial through our efforts. I hate waste and love creation.

One aspect of all ART (the creative discipline) is possibility of projecting from within to others the amazing potential. Ideas do matter!

Here is another of Roberts paintings and one of my own. Robert at Quent Cordair Gallery

Left is Robert Tracy's, "As the World Turns" copyright 2007 All rights reserved

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Right is "Whispering" by Gordon van Vliet copyright 2006 All rights reserved SOLD

I always imagine the buds, fruit, flowers, nuts (all similar new life forms) sharing a conversation. Life is new and exciting, life is beautiful!

Finally, I have purchased a picture framing store and hope to enlarge the offering to fine art. Wish me well in this endeavor and stop by and visit. Michael Burdick is a master framer and working his craft for 22 years. I look forward to working with him to build this store into
something special. The store phone number is 585-787-2150. Her is one of the ad pieces we are developing. The store will also have a blog that will become active over time.

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At 8:17 PM, Blogger Linda Blondheim said...

Congrats on your new framing business.

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Robert said...


I wish you well on your picture framing store.

Do well. I expect you will.

Keep painting.


At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

some other comments sent in by friends.

"...Gordon, Great to hear from you and to see some of your handiwork and to learn about your new venture into the business world: a Picture Frame Business. You have had plenty of experience with woodwork and we know you'll be a success in this new venture. It will also give you a warm shelter in which to work during the cold winter..."

"...Dear Gordon, I have been thinking of my father all day. It was his birthday just the other day......he passed away quite a while ago. The minute I saw the train I got the feeling of my dad. He ran away when he was 13 years
old and went to new york city and lied about his age and go a job with the New York central railroad and he never left that job. He loved the trains. That painting was a wonderful reminder of him. He was a very hard man but he was my father and he took joy in his job..."

Thank you all for the insight and comments. I appreciate the openess, knid words and candor. GJV

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Robert said...


How are you?

I finally have a blog I like. You may see it here:


I'll get you on there in some way, some time.

All the best to you,



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