2005 was "The Year of the Website" for me. I spent a lot of time watching and learning and counting 'visitors' and 'hits'. My painting reflects the November'04 trip to Arkansas and a stretching of artistic perspective. I'm very pleased with the results. ................ Dick Urbaniak

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So here are about 30 paintings from 2005. Look for the abstractiness. When you get near the bottom click on the small images for a full size picture.

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RECLINING NUDE #2

I still love this old willow and am very fond of the sketchiness of this piece and it may be the closest example of my ideal (that's why it is at the top of the page). Texture is becoming more and more important and I'm getting closer to the "feel" that I'm searching for.

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BOLD WILLOW #2

Here's another version of my willow with bright colors and more attention to texture and paint application

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RICHMOND BEACH SUNSET #3

I wanted to try this image with lots of texture and bold colors. The picket fence and the shadows across the road make an interesting pattern. With the feedback I'm getting, I just can't help but revisit some of these old images.

Finished in 2003, I just didn't include it previously.

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Arkansas Autumn Colors on Hayley Loop Road

Just before Thanksgiving of 2004 I travelled to Des Arc, Arkansas to see the area where my Mother grew up. I hadn't been there since 1955. Even though it was rainy and I was there only a short time, I got a real eye full. Huge Oaks and pecan trees, brightly colored birds, cyprus trees and genuine Southern hospitality greeted me at every turn. I am satisfied that I am related to every one in Prairie County, Arkansas.

I gave this painting to my cousin Donald Guess and his wife, Ann. They were nice enough to show me around and feed me and give me a nice place to stay in Des Arc.

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ThTHE TALMADGE HAYLEY PLACE ON HAYLEY LOOP ROAD. I gave this painting to Ada Mae Morton, who took me around the Johnson Chapel area and told me the history of the area. This was her family home when she was growing up and she is one of my cousins also. She showed me where everyone is buried and where all the old homesteads were. She also told me about another cousin, Ray Hayley, who is a wonderful source of Hayley Family History.

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AUNT VIDA'S ala CEZANNE is a nice perspective of the size of these old oaks. The tractor barn gives an idea of the height and I got a little carried away with the colors. Vida was my great aunt and lived in this vicinity over 100 years. Her husband was Eugene Hayley.

My Mom has this hanging in her kitchen.

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All of the paintings on this page are 18X24 inches on gessoed masonite and are highly textured. They sell for only $700 plus shipping when they are available.....unframed.

Aunt Fanny's Pecans - My Grandfather's oldest sister was born in the 1850's. She settled in a home that was nestled among these fine old trees. This was the first of many paintings I have done of this scene. Look for "the Magnificent Seven" that I painted later. You can see a Cezanne influence. Completed around Feb. 2005.

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COTTON PLANT CLAPBOARD is an old house that I just happened to drive by and I liked it because it reminds my of many old homes in the Delta Region. I can't help but imagine Scout and Jem and Boo Radley running around on their adventures in "To Kill a Mockingbird".

My sister likes it too and it now sits in her foyer.

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IGNIS FATUUS (will o' the wisp) is a swamp that marks the eastern boundary of what was my Mother's old family farm. It's one of the few remaining landmarks from those pre WWII days. Six miles east of Des Arc, Arkansas.

I was born in Memphis in 1947 and I hadn't been there for fourty nine years. I think I'll go back and paint for about a year, when I can.

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HAYLEY LOOP#6 is just another nice visual that I saw. My Great Grandfather, Francis M. Hayley, was born in Tennessee and homesteaded this land along with his father and a few brothers in the 1850's and fought for the Confederates in the Civil War. He was quite a romantic figure. I hear that he played the violin, wounded enough to be hospitalized at Stones River, Chickamaugua and Bentonville. I love to read and write about him.

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Click on small pics for larger image:
WOLF CREEK ROAD //// BOLD WILLOW IN SHADOW

FOLLOWING ARE THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN PLUS ONE VARIATION

POINTILIST PECANS (above) is a pointilist variation of LEE (below)
CHRIS //// HARRY
BERNARDO //// CHICO //// LEE
VIN //// BRITT

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HAYLEY LOOP #2 //// HAYLEY LOOP #4 //// BAMBOO GROVE #2
LILAC CITY //// FABREGE WILLOW //// GARAGE BAND
BANKS OF THE ELWAH //// ROOTS 1 PLUS THREE