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Welcome to the Hallowe'en page of Lindricks Baseline. It was created to shed light on paintings that are believed to be haunted, or have some kind of haunting phenomena surrounding the artwork.
The painting to the left is a watercolor painting done on location at a pumpkin farm in Lawrence, Kansas by Lindricks/pseudonym in 1993. The painting was done as a class assignment for my Watercolor Class at the University of Kansas.
I would like to take a moment to honor the memory of my watercolor instructor, Professor Michael E. Ott, at this time. He was truly a great watercolorist. His death was a great loss to the art community, as well as, the University of Kansas. The news of his untimely death not only stunned the art department at the school, but it effected the entire university. His tenure at the school was over 30 years. Professor Ott was laid to rest at the University of Kansasís cemetery. This cemetery is reserved on university property exclusively for people that give over 30 years of service to the school. It is very hallowed ground.
My painting above is only a glimpse of the legacy, which Professor Ott left behind. He embraced his student body, and taught them skills not only needed to create art; he also taught them how to intrinsically connect oneself to nature through art. I will write a separate article describing his teaching attributes, his personality, and his techniques that helps one document the beauty of nature. He was able to pass on his strict discipline to the arts by the mere respect he gave to his students. He demanded a lot, but in return he gave his students a mentor they could look up to. He could pushed them to work under extreme weather conditions to experience first hand the subject within the painting without any complaints. In conclusion I believe our substance truly comes from the experiences in life we encounter. Art is only a tool used by itsí creator to document his/her experiences in life - therein lies the expression of self.
The Surreal Tail Of Professor Michael E. Ott's Funeral
Article written by: Lindricks/pseudonym
September 29, 2003
The Lawrence Pumpkin Patch painting is not haunted nor is the story I am about to tell. The story is about the phenomenal experience surrounding the death of Professor Ott. I feel this is a fitting place to feature such a story, it is to not only to pay tribute to a great artist, but it is to describe the surreal encounter I had the privilege to experience at his funeral. That experience was breath taking. When I die I hope that the people I leave behind could have that same type of experience I had at his funeral.
The only connection that the painting, Lawrence Pumpkin Patch, had to The Surreal Tail Of Professor Michael E. Ott's Funeral is that Professor Ott was my instructor in the Watercolor Class that I took at K.U. However, Professor Ott become a mentor to me. He was not only my professor, but he had become a friend. He would go out of his way to teach you something, or just say an encouraging word. If the world had more people that provided a mentor/teacher relationship with their students like he did then I think the world would be a better place.
In June-July of 1996 Professor Michael E. Ott met with a tragic accident, which hospitalized him. Shortly thereafter it claimed his life. The school was aware of the accident, and believed that he would make a full recovery. But, fate had other intentions.
The story begins with a somber feeling of loss to a tight knit community at K.U. on a warm rainy July day in 1996 when the entire university gathered together in the music hall to lay to rest one of K.U.ís fallen. The auditorium was packed with family members, friends, facility, and students from many departments at the school, and some of outside community members of Lawrence, Kansas attended as well. They were all there to honor the memory of Professor Michael E. Ott. Even though it was a funeral the service gave a since of comfort to the soul to those in attendance. Many people came forth to share touching stories they had experienced with Professor Ott. The memorial service was referred to as celebrating the life of Professor Michael E. Ott. Toward the end of the service an accomplished flute player was performing a solo when the lights went out in the auditorium. Total silence befell the hall. The flute player was in the middle of the song when this happened, and he/she was using sheet music to play the piece. I was to far in the back of the auditorium to see the gender of the musician - I think it was a female. Shortly after the lights went out you could hear some shuffling on stage, and then you could see small beams of light darting here and there looking for something. The soloist claimed the moment and improvised by playing a song he/she knew from memory. The shuffling stopped, and everyone at that moment in time felt a direct sense of connection with Professor Michael E. Ott. The beauty of the song filled the dark acoustic room turning sorrow feelings of loss into peaceful feelings of joy, and awe. As soon as the song was finished the lights came back on. It was as if Professor Ott had made a debut at his own funeral. That very thought filled the minds of those who shared in that celebration service, it was even joked about by one of the presider. I know that he would have appreciated the honor bestowed on his life by so many people. Just before the service convened an invitation was given to those that wanted to - to gather at the grave site to bid their last farewell to Professor Ott before his ashes were lowered into the ground; and another invitation was given for a reception hosted at the Ott family home later on in the day. Professor Ott was survived by his 3 children, one daughter, and two sons, and his wife.
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Lawrence Pumpkin Patch
Cold Pressed - Not
140 Lb paper
Lawrence Pumpkin Patch
Size: 9" x 12"
Artist: Lindricks/pseudonym © 1993
In Memory of Professor Michael E. Ott
Writen By Lindricks/pseudonym
July 21, 1996
A loss of creativity.
At rest he must lay.
Morning the memory.
Scholars he did make.
The mirthless sorrow delved within us.
Emerging a legacy
through the systematic nurturing
he molded and shaped.
The great loss of his presence
will be hard to replace.
Thou we must carry this legacy
with honor and grace.