Saturday, March 7, 2009

BONHEUR'S LAW: In a battle between a bull and an easel, the bull will almost always win.

This story comes from Jeffrey Freedner....thanks, Jeff!

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The funniest sods law story I have ever heard was from a friend of mine who was out landscape painting one fine afternoon in Vermont.

He was painting in a far end of a cow pasture when he suddenly noticed that there was a bull coming towards him at a pretty good clip.

In fact it was charging him.

He had to run and take refuge up a tree as the bull was faster than him and pretty serious about my friends infringement on his heard of cows. Needless to say, the bull quickly tired of head butting the tree trunk in an effort of dislodging the artist. Frustrated by these turn of events the bull then turned his sights on the tree-bound painter's easel. Of course the results of this encounter were not favorable for the easel which even though it had three legs it was not fast enough to escape the bull.

After the bull finished off the easel he stood around for awhile as by now the cows had come over to see what all the fuss was. The bull, no doubt happy with his conquest of the day trotted off with a few of his heard for his reward. The painter, now safe in his tree top fort waited until the bull was out of site to come down. While he was waiting he was had to have the added humility of watching the cows lick his painting clean as well as his palette.

The result was the cows now had, blue, phthalo green and cad yellow snouts. After about twenty minutes or so he thought it safe enough to get down out of the tree. He quickly gathered all evidence of his trespass and made for the nearest bar to calm his nerves as well as to curse the bovine art critics.

--J. Freedner
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So - that must be how they make this?



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Thursday, March 5, 2009

TIP: Smartflix

DVD's are so expensive.... rent them. SmartFlix has thousands of DVDs that rent for pretty reasonable prices, kinda like Netflix except the fees vary depending on the DVD. Also their supply isn't limitles like Netflix - you'll occasionally find yourself on a waiting list.

What's in there? Actual people you have heard of, that's who. Robert Johnson's Floral Still Life, Richard Schmid Painting the Landscape, Kevin Macpherson Paints A Landscape, Figure Painting With Sherrie McGraw. Also each video has comments from other viewers to help you decide. And they have a guarantee.

WARNING - RENTING OIL PAINTING DVDS IS HUGELY ADDICTIVE.

But seriously, if you are on a waiting list, why not rent a vid on Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance?

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SITES WE HAVE BOOKMARKED: Mark Harden's Artchive

Check out Mark Harden's Artchive .

Browse his extensive collection of master paintings by painting movement or by individual artist - read bios of each artist, and with great high-res scans, virtually put your nose right up to a painting (okay...your screen) without risking a single museum cop yelling at you.

A must have link if you're doing old master copies.

There are also links to current online exhibits, and analysis, theory and criticisms of famous works. It's difficult to find out much about Mark himself, except that he writes for an online art magazine called Glyphs.

And, I just love the pun in the site's name. :)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

LIVE PAINTING SESSION TODAY

9:30 am, painting from life. The bouquet isn't dry so that one will have to wait. I promised Ego I'd paint some glass.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lisa-gloria-painting

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

LIVE PAINTING SESSION MONDAY

I will be continuing the bouquet commission via live webstreamin' video on Monday at 3pm cst (Chicago time), so the folks out there on the other side of the world can see it too. http://www.tinyurl.com/lisagloria

This session will be first color underlayer and last probably 3 hours. If there is time I will bring the glass vase mostly to finish so if you're interested in a glass painting demonstration this might be a good one.

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