Thanks foryour letters. Am enclosing twenty dollars for you with yourmother's check. I've gone busted so often in the summer that some yearsago I had Armour Institute paymy salary in 12 installments. I got the check in Sat morning & just beforemy class on Sat. I got the enclosed draft but the day was so full that I had nochance to send it before the last mail left. Before I left Chi. in June I paidboth installments of my real estate taxes to the
In my Sat talkat 10 I hadn't an idea what I was to say or draw. Coming out of the bank astranger asked me for a direction of street. I apologizedsaying that I too was a stranger here. Used that for my textin my talk. Had often told the students I knew nothing about what wasart, knew nothing what was in their heads and that all the fun in teaching wasin that which they received.
Then I wentback to what the ancients had to say in their short period and drew structuraldesigns that they left in their efforts as strangers in this earth. Thengradually turned the thought to the modern point of view with an abstractcontaining a half doz. figures. These talks set themgoing so that Sat, and Sundays are working days too.
But yesterdayI had to make a dragon's head in color on a six x four foot piece of plywood,so I did not see much of the class. Here they have Sea Scouts instead of BoyScouts. On Wed. night they are to have a festival on the river after dark. TheScouts wanted a figure head of a dragon for their boat. I painted one side ofthe board and then cut it out with a saw and painted another dragon on theother side. They resembled each other only in that the eye was just oppositeeach other in case they wished to cut it out for electric light. I took it outafter dark last night to see where the red and orange and black could be seenat night and found that the
part I had left ofthe plywood shone like silver when cars passed by which was lucky.
Who in Hadesever invented summer teaching in summer classes? I'm sick and tired of it a11.Never leave the environment, as there is always someone to see me. It has keptme out of a lot of mischief as I am always in bed by nine so as to be fit forthe next day's toil. It has also been a blessing in escaping long dinners, longrides and the many other things inflicted upon mankind by well-wishing people.I tell them that I am a descendent of Pokagon, awonderful chief of the Pottawattomie. That the studiois the chipping station where one must ever watch what went up and down theriver. Truly the studio was a part of Pokagon Inn;forty years ago. When it burned the studio escaped and was moved across on theice to the place it now stands. From its spacious window one can cue all thetraffic on the river.
Though I liketo fish at night, this year I haven't even a fishing license. Fishing, to do itright, is just another day's work. Like painting, one must be conscious of thatwonderful thing called Leisure, which may be the headline of a new adventure.I'm thinking of squatting on a piece of government land. All one has to do isto put up a shack & live in it for three years. A locality is ideal facingwest to the lake. A wonderful place for sunsets & it is said that sunsetssell when done in watercolor or oil. With your help I could roll the logsacross the sand and build a shack for two. I've been standing for so many yearsthat one's body seems to fit any bench at twilight. Think this over. I'm nottrying to rob you of your natural bent which you alone know. It might be anouting for both of us. Still outings must come to an end in this businessworld.
Must hurry this to the mail before class begins at nine.
Albert H. Krehbiel(1873-1945) originally from
This lithograph, called"Pleasure Boats" was done by Ox-Bow instructor Francis Chapin about1940. Krehbiel is shown painting on the porch of hisstudio, left, just above the beach launch.