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Posts tagged ‘art’

Constructive Criticism On My Oil Painting

Yesterday I posted a photo of a current painting on my Facebook page and requested friends to provide some constructive criticism. Outside of one suggestion, which I had sort of fed them on the post, they provided nothing. Below is the painting.  I hated it when I started but it grew on me as I continued to work on it. If you are willing, please provide me with some constructive criticism. At Joshua Tree

The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro

Last weekend I was in San Francisco “chasing art”.  After drooling over Vermeer’s “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” painting at the De Young Museum I wandered the remaining rooms admiring the art on display.  There was one thing that surprised me, that made me say “Wow”.  It was the sculpture “The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro” by Al Farrow.  Check it out….and look closely.  Zoom in if you can.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADid you notice?  It’s made of guns and bullets.  Wow!

The Panda Says No

A few years ago I carved this little panda as a birthday gift to a friend who told me about the book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynn Truss.   I’m not a great book reviewer but it is a delightful rant about bad punctuation.  Who knew that dots, dashes and squiggly marks would cause someone to go bonkers?

But what does the panda have to do with punctuation, you ask?  Apparently it’s a joke about a panda that walks into a cafe and orders a sandwich.  Before he leaves he pulls out a gun, shoots the waiter, and walks out.  Asked why he did it, he tosses the manager of the cafe a nature book, that’s badly edited entry on the panda says it is a native of China that “eats, shoots and leaves.”

Admittedly, I am not the best at punctuation.  When in doubt toss in a comma or two I say.  Okay, that’s not necessarily true.  Hyphens are my pet.  Love the little buggers.  Why use a comma when a hyphen will do?  And I do, on occasion, imitate ee cummings and disregard the whole capitalization game.  I am certain it drives my friend crazy.

Back to the panda:  my friend was an English major in college.  Words and punctuation are her game.  Even she could use a helpful panda to guard the bookshelf or teach her toddler a thing or two.

Experiment in Paint

After work, I spent an hour or so painting.  The first painting was terrible.  It was a landscape that I started last weekend and over the week I progressively made it uglier.  It’s not finished and probably never will be.  As a matter of fact it will likely be scraped off of the canvas in the hope that the canvas can be used for something worthy in the future.  It will not be shared on this blog.

But I wanted to paint something.  So I grabbed a small canvas, about 8″x8″, and a small palette knife.  I’ve never painted with a palette knife but today I thought, what the heck.  Let’s give it a go.  It’s not finished but below is what came of the oil paint adventure.  Not beautiful, but not hideous either.


Today was spent on the porch carving a little owl I’ve named Owlbert.  The design was created by Joseph Savarese and was in the latest edition of Woodcarving Illustrated.  I’m a novice carver but I think Owlbert looks fine.











Mountains in Blue

Oil on canvas.  It’s not really finished, but I kind of like it this way.


Oil painting on wood