Dinner with Klimt


I attended a painting class / dinner buffet last evening where after three hours some 20 students produced most of a completed piece inspired by 20th century artist Gustav Klimt. I always find such experiences a great use of time because they not only instill appreciation for the original artist but expand and enrich the skills and possibilities of each participant. The only thing that I find a bit confusing is why I am usually the only guy who attends theses kind of events. Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Monet, Pollack, Klimt, all dudes. Have men just become detached from self-expression in the 21st century, or are they too filled with false bravado to risk their precious macho image on canvas? Drop the swag guys and pick up a brush! Life is waiting.


The Year of 50


Magazine I published on joomag site a couple years ago.





As money tightens, do it yourself!


As part of my quest to learn as much about Adobe Suite CC as is humanly possible over the next year, I’ve been taking time shooting video shorts to familiarize myself with Premiere. As I learn more and more about this editing program I’ve come across a few tricks that make shooting more interesting and professional. One of them involves using a “Steadicam” instead of free handing the camera which tends to produce a shaky picture. I watched some footage shot by a steadicam and couldn’t believe the difference in quality. However, when I went on Amazon to make a purchase, I found the standard issue steadicam retailed around $400. Ouch. So I decided to search DIY (do-it-yourself) video tutorials online instead and was shocked how easily I could make my own highly functional version for about $20. I still have to screw on the wood platform for the camera, but it once again it proved how overpriced specialty items have become these days. More on this later.


OmParkSo I’m on my favorite river walk the other day when I spot this peach in a rotting log. A small smooth stone with the Hindu symbol for “OM” painted on the surface. Now, this did generate a quick smile from me, but I have to confess, the second thing to enter my mind was, “I wonder what self-help book they’re reading.”


Close but no cigar?


I don’t know about you, but when selecting a wine for human consumption a sense of humor isn’t the primary box I check on my checklist. I was in the supermarket yesterday when I spotted this unusual bottle of red (pictured) aptly named, “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.” While this might have resulted in a curiosity buy if priced under $10, I’m not so sure I’d take a risk at $12.99. What did get my attention though was speculating over the intent of the graphic artist. I mean, if I remember correctly, the horseshoe, hand grenade reference is to “close only counts” in life with said items. Close, hmm. I wonder if they are telling us that they were “close” in producing a product that didn’t taste like elk piss.

Modern Art Kindergarten Style


When visiting a local elementary school I always stop to check out kindergarten art (pictured). It made me think back on a PBS show I watched a couple years ago about the New York art scene. The show discussed how even after the economic crash in 2008, modern art pieces were skyrocketing in value as the wealthy viewed it as an investment. One “Hot” South Korean artist was featured displaying a piece that appeared to be a section of garden hose sprayed gold and wrapped around some twisted wire. The asking price? $30,000. I wondered, if I had a show from a “hot” Czech artist substituting kindergarten art from across the country, if it would be the hit of the art scene. I suspect it would.

Fly Away


Yup. I spent so much time lugging eight inches of snow off our driveway yesterday that I decided to celebrate with a classic snow angel after I finished. I don’t think I’ve made a snow angel in over 20 years, but when a friend from Florida said it was going to be 85 degrees there on Christmas and they dreamed of making snow angels, I gave it a whirl. Not bad for an adult.



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