Albert Tauch_Baytown Sun_10-26-1977

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Paintings Of Baytown Best Sellers For Albert Tauch By RICK VERNACI ' | gates on sagging wooden fences. He lives alone amid Hie clutter j The, paintings of Baytown, though, are his · best selling items, and as a result, pictures of the oil fields abound throughout his house. Tauch takes pride in his work and is confident he can paint anything he likes. . "Take Leonard da Vinci and those old' masters -- I feel that if 1 wanted to, 1 could paint as good as | of his paintings and inventions. It has been a long love affair I [or -Albert Tauch, who remembers the day his fascination fascination with art began. "It was back in Hope, Ark., in 1911," he recalled. "I was seven years old I when a fellow with colored chalk came to the schoolhouse to draw for us. "He drew a chimney on the them," he snapped. blackboard and had Santa Claus with his bag of toys climbing in it," Tauch said, stooping over to show how Santa carried the sack. Killed with enthusiasm, the young Tauch tried to sneak a picture picture or two using a water color set belonging to an older brother or sister, but more often than not. he was caught in the act and chased away. Presumably when he grew enougli to be able to defend defend himself, he began to satisfy his itch to paint. Now more than 66 years after he met the man with the colored chalk, the portly cigar-chewing painter (he prefers not to be called called an artist) has produced more paintings than he can count. Tauch is a creature of nearly absolute freedom. "My habits change from week to week," he said, but his ways do follow a basic natural pattern. "When I jet hungry, I cat; when I gc! sleepy, I sleep; when i want to work, 1 work." lie readily admits to going weeks on end without touching a brush. He said he uses these stretches of inactivity to ''recharge his batteries." Since taking an early retirement retirement from Exxon, where he was a sign painter, in 1959, Tauch has devoted his efforts to his art work. "I had a good job there for 20 years," he remarked with a smile. "It was an easy job, but I just got tired of painting those numbers. "I was lazy, see, so I started painting pictures." he chuckled. 'T don't make much money, but I have a hell of a lot of fun." ! Most of his early paintings were done on any flat surface available, but he switched to oinvas at the insistence of an art instructor with whom he dealt briefly. "I could paint better than her," he said in a matter-of- fact manner. "13ul she told me to stop painting on window shades and cardboard and starl using canvas." - Wilh the exception of that instructor, instructor, Tauch lias had no formal formal training, which is the reason he calls himself a painter instead o_f an artist. "My technique is whatever I feel like when I wake lip in the morning," he said. · Classified by subject, most of Tauch's work seems to fall in three categories: pastoral landscapes, landscapes, scenes from (he Raylown oil fields, and steam locomotives and farm machinery. · ; His landscapes are distinguish;ed distinguish;ed by fields of bluebonnets, rest- ·ful looking shade trees and open It is appropriate that he should mention da Vinci because when he is not painting or thinking, Tauch is inventing. He led the way into the incredibly incredibly crowded room he uses for a studio, and kicking the easel out of the way with his paint-stained earth shoes, Tauch revealed the prototype of a contraption contraption to convert solar energy into electricity. "I've been working working on this for eight years," he pointed out and quickly adds thiil he began his work before there was an energy crisis. Tauch said the original idea for the device came to him in a dream. He woke up. wrote down what he remembered and v/enl back to sleep, His first attempt was lo create a concave mirror by stretching a shiny plastic material over a barrel - and give it shape by r-re.-iting a vacuum behind it. While this method worked. Tauch found it lo be inefficient and made a second version out ol small mirrors arranged at certain certain angles on a five-foot diameter dish. going around, a car that travels Basically the mirrors focus the sun's heat on a coil containing a gas or liquid. The heated substance substance could then be pumped directly to a turbine for conversion conversion to electricity or to an insulated insulated storage container. Tauch's invention is rigged with gears, belts and a motor so it can follow the sun. He is already working on an improved model, which would be suitable for being left exposed to weather, Tauch has also made models of a windmill which oscillates instead instead of gyroscopic balanced on one wheel and an opaque projector. As part of his contribution to the war effort. Tauch sent a letter to the War Department shortly after Pearl Harbor suggesting research be started on developing, a heat-seeking missile. He laughed that he received a reply from an obscure government official saying it was a nice idea but the wrong war. At the time of the interview, he was busying himself preparing preparing for an exhibition of his pain tings which opened at the Baytown Historical Museum Sunday. Tauch has picked about ·10 of his paintings to hong in the exhibit, wiiich will run until Dec. I . !\'ever content to leave well enough alone, lie is engaged in tiying to perfect a technique of painting on one surface and transfering the image to canvas. Whether he likes the title or not, Albert Tauch is an artist. ALBERT TAUCH Exhibition open at Baytown Historical Museum · (Sun Staff Photu by Hick Vcrnacl) i

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  1. The Baytown Sun,
  2. 26 Oct 1977, Wed,
  3. Page 31

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