In memory of Dick Hibbert (1933-2010), I am posting selections from his art. He painted in oil, was an avid photographer, did watercolors, and sketched in pencil, ink, and charcoal.   You can send me email by addressing it to my first name at mydruthers.com. --Chris

Friday, December 31, 2010

Giraffe's tongue

Tourists at a Japanese zoo feeding a giraffe.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pumpkin still life (pastels)

A still life with pumpkin and carrots.  The picture was drawn with pastels.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Screened Window Scene

Outdoor scene viewed through window screen.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fountain

Water in a fountain.  Probably in the U.S., but I don't know where.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Decorating Vases

At a pottery factory, probably in Mashiko.  Compare to this factory shot.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Campiello Barozzi, Venice (Sketch)

Campiello Barozzi, Venice Italy.  July 12, 1994.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Kinkaku-ji Temple

The Kinkaku-ji temple is topped with a bronze phoenix.  It's also known as the Golden Temple, which doesn't come through in this still-striking photo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Himeji Castle

The family posed in front of Himeji castle.  I think that's the main castle building visible in the background on the left.

Monday, December 13, 2010

lined up boats

Boats for hire lined up at a dock.  This was at a park in Japan, though I don't remember precisely where.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Decorating new cups

At a pottery factory, probably in Mashiko.  Japan, late 60s.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stone House (watercolor)

This is the most detailed of RTH's watercolors that I'm aware of.  It's hanging in JLH's apartment.  JLH thinks this was sketched on site near Eugene, Oregon, while a few of us waited in the car.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Flooded Rice Terraces (photo)

Rice Terraces under cultivation.  

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pavilion at Terra Uchi

This is a sketch that RTH did in February of 1995 of the pavilion he built behind Terra Uchi, the earth-covered passive solar home he built in northern Virginia.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Movie shoot

This is more interesting for the event it reminds me of than the image itself.  This was taken at our first Zushi house, which makes it about 1968.  This is the view down our driveway, which was maybe 30 meters long.  The beach is another 50 meters to the left from here.  The stand they are building is for a movie shoot, with an (apparently) famous movie star on location.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wet Tile Roof

Taken in Japan.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Japanese Village on a Hillside (painting)

Oil Painting of a Japanese village that RTH did in 1967 with his left hand.  He was recovering from melanoma surgery on his right shoulder.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ikebana (flower arrangement) in a shallow bowl (Sketch)

Sketch in ink of an arrangement by JLH.  Unknown date.   Notice the similarities to this sketch.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweeper between Lanterns

A woman cleaning the temple grounds, glimpsed between lanterns.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Self Portrait

This was taken in the house where we lived in Hayama from 1970 to 1972.  The hangings beside the painting were made from fishing net weights we kids would collect off the nearby beach.    I have the painting in the background here, and will post a photo on its own eventually.  This photo is part of a series of portraits RTH did of the whole family, which is why I'm sure it's a self-portrait.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Book and Candles (sketch)

Charcoal sketch dated February 1995.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bamboo fence

I think this is a close-up of a temple fence made of sturdy bamboo posts.  I don't understand the interspersed bundles of sticks.  They look like inverted Japanese-style brooms, but that doesn't explain anything.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hilltop Castle

Japan has plenty of interesting castles.  I haven't done the research to figure out which one this is.  From RTH's slide collection.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Trimming an Arbor


I don't know what is being tended here.  From a collection of slides taken in Japan in the late 1960s.

Added: JLH says this was taken outside the house we lived in in Zushi from 1966 to 1968, and the trellis holds a wisteria vine.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Zushi Interior, stone table, pachinko machine

When I was looking at the scanned negatives, this one was very dark.  I could tell that the stone coffee table was there, but the rest of the picture was obscure.  When I brightened it up, I was astonished to see so many familiar elements in the picture.  This is probably the first house we lived in, in Zushi, in 1966 or 1967.  RTH built the stone coffee table and the chair on the right before we moved to Japan.  We still had them until moving out of Terra Uchi last year.  I remember the pachinko machine, and even the candle on the table.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Barbara's Fruit (sketch)

Barbara's Fruit, 3/25/2004.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura.  probably taken in 1967 or 1968.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Alligatored paint with door handle

Alligatored paint on a door frame.  This was taken in New England in 1977 or 1978

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Young Girl in Kimono

Young American girl showing off a kimono.  Around 1968, probably in the house in Zushi.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Five Pairs of Shoes

Shoes lined up at the entrance to our house in Zushi.  Since Japanese houses have tatami mat floors, it's customary to leave your shoes at the door.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Unfinished Vases at the Factory

Vases at the factory waiting to be finished and glazed.  Probably taken in Mashiko around 1969.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coudersport, PA

This is the Old Hickory Hotel in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.  7/23/1994.   It's been abandoned for a while, apparently.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Boy's Day Carp

The Japanese celebrate Boy's Day (now Children's Day) on May 5th.  It's traditional to fly a carp flag for each boy in the family, but you can see we had one for each child.  (The smallest one is pink for a girl, an American touch.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Three Women

This was heavily processed from a color slide.  There's also a B&W negative of the same women, from a different angle, but I like this scene better.  The slide had some color artifacts I couldn't clean up, but making it monochrome makes them barely noticeable.  The background stones are part of the exterior wall of a small castle.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Volga Hotel, blue ink

Volga Hotel, Tver Russia.  Sketch in Blue ink. 7/24/95

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thatched roof

Thatched roof on a small outbuilding at a Japanese temple.  I've seen this style of roof decoration several times in RTH's photos, but I don't know what the significance is.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Coiled lines on a Flagpole

Coiled lines on a flagpole.  From the negatives surrounding this one, I'm guessing it was taken in New England around 1974.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Planting Rice

Planting Rice.  The overexposure is in the negative, but RTH must have liked it this way, as I've seen an enlargement on display.  Japan, sometime in the late '60s.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Persimmon Leaves (photo)


This is a photo of a persimmon tree that was in our yard in Zushi.  RTH used it as a model for his painting of autumn leaves.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Potter Spinning a Bowl

Photo taken on one of many trips to a Japanese pottery factory.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

small crowd (untitled photo)

This photo was displayed in the entryway at Terra Uchi for many years, and is now in the entry of JLH's apartment.  It's quite large at 54" x 33".

This was taken at one of the top five parks in Japan around 1969.  We had been in the park for several hours and RTH was trying to get photos of these kids playing on the equipment.  The teachers kept telling the kids "Don't stare at the foreigners."  Finally RTH made a big production of putting away his camera gear but kept the camera around his neck under his coat.  As we left they all ran down the path to wave goodbye...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rowboat in the Rain

This was taken during a summer vacation around 1973.

Friday, September 24, 2010

temple fountain dipping cups

It's customary to rinse your hands and take a sip from one of the cups before entering a temple.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Persimmon leaves (Painting)

This is an oil painting (29" x 36"), which we have hanging in our house.  It is based on the persimmon tree in the yard of the house where we lived in Zushi from 12/66 to 2/68.  I have a slide that looks very similar to this image, though RTH intended the painting to be seen as an abstract representation of fall colors.  We have a large persimmon tree here, so it doesn't feel at all abstract to me.

I don't remember the persimmon trees in Japan, but I do remember that persimmons were common in Japanese folk tales, playing about the same role as apples in western stories.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wooden staircase, side view with brooms (Photo)

I don't know for sure what temple this is from, but it was mixed in with several taken at the Itsukushima Shrine, so that's my guess.

Friday, September 17, 2010

storefront (untitled charcoal sketch)

Unidentified storefront.  From the shape of the windows and the shopper in the lower right, it looks like a Japanese scene to me.  RTH took lots of photos of shopfronts in Zushi in 1967-1968, and this could be from then, but I haven't identified a specific source.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bangkok street food (photo)


RTH and JLH took a trip to Bangkok in 1969.  This kid is selling roasted cockroaches.  Don't knock 'em if you haven't tried 'em.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Silhouette with teapot (photo)



This photo was taken around 1956 in Tokyo.   JLH has it hanging in her apartment.   RTH and his (unidentified) shipmate were arranging for a photo album for their ship.  Next to the man, a hibachi with the teapot is visible.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beached Rowboat (untitled watercolor)

I did my best to remove the shadows from paper curl, but you can still see it.  The vertical stripes above the hills, and above the water are less visible in the original, but I coudn't find a way to remove them in scanning.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shadows on stairsteps (photo)


This is the Kintai Bridge, in Iwakuni, Japan.  RTH took many different pictures of this bridge.  When I received the set of scans that included this photo, this one was sideways.  It took a little while to identify the subject.

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