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Let’s end the week on a dog


Lookit that face! He’s a healthy dog, apparently. Just has a nasty congenital jaw deformity. I confess: I only love this story because of this dog’s name.

Picasso. His name is Picasso.

Abandoned by his breeder, he went onto the euthanasia list right away. Duh. Somebody dumped his (normal looking) brother off, too, and they sat on Death Row together.

Then some guy put him on Instagram and now he’s one of the most-requested adoptees in California. Feelgood story ugly mutt.

It’s going to rain all weekend here, so I’m’onna paint. I need a beret and one of those big white smocks with the bow. Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 3, 2017, 9:39 pm

So, you’re going to paint Still Life with Beret and Smock? JK

Whatever you decide I hope sometime in future you’ll let us see! Have a pleasant, painty weekend, Mme. Ermine

Comment from Mitchell
Time: March 3, 2017, 10:11 pm

I should totally knit you a beret! You can’t be A Proper Artist without one; it’s in the by-laws.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 3, 2017, 10:46 pm

I like to watch docs on artists and how they approach their work. There was one female painter, whose name I cant remember, who lived in Wales with her husband. She worked from her farmhouse which consisted of several stone buildings. Looked sort of damp and dark. Anyway, she painted yuge (15’x 15′) canvases flat red and in one corner her face by holding up a mirror. The painting of her face was crude and cartoonish – something I cd easily do it was so bad. And then she sold these paintings for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why cant you do something like that and support Uncle B. in the style he is unaccustomed to? It’s not a crime to make fat stacks of cash. 🙂

Comment from bds
Time: March 4, 2017, 4:47 am

The problem with that plan Ric Fan is that you have to be able to peddle a smooth line of pretentious BS about the deep meaning of your fabulous Art. While keeping a straight face.

Comment from Bob B
Time: March 4, 2017, 6:22 am

Ric and bds: Or you could just tell everyone that you were naked when you painted. Except for your apron and lucky beret. I think someone already actually does that. Or maybe it was just some pinup art I saw years ago. Anyway, I hear art buyers like weird stories about the painters.

Comment from Bob B
Time: March 4, 2017, 6:28 am

Sweasel, the dog pic reminded me of a story from the Telegraph over there about a two-nosed dog in Venice Beach over here. It was rescued by the owner of a freak show that features kinky midgets. (nothing about that in the article.)

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 4, 2017, 9:14 am

Found her name: Shani Rhys James. She’s an MBE, too. The photos of her work are more elaborate than the ones in the doc. However, in numerous photos you can see her holding up that stupid hand mirror. https://goo.gl/bfdFZT

Comment from Veeshir
Time: March 4, 2017, 6:57 pm

Maybe Stoaty could use chicken feathers to paint sheep.
That could be made to sound $100k pretentious.
Keeping a straight face could be problematic though

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 4, 2017, 7:44 pm

Chicken feathers? Why not use a whole live chicken? You see elephants and horses painting, so why not chickens? She cd tape little brushes to their beaks and feet. Now, the paintings may be a bit abstract but I’m sure they would sell big time. 🙂

Oh, and if the chickens would wear little berets and smocks it would boost sales, too.

Comment from Niña
Time: March 4, 2017, 8:02 pm

You have such helpful friends, Stoaty. What would you do without all these brilliant suggestions?!

Some years ago I did a polymer clay mosaic version of a cat painting I found on the internet. It’s not even close to being great, but I love it and it has hung on my wall ever since (even after it fell and broke and I glued it back together). Art is what makes us happy to see on the wall, I guess, even if it has no value to anyone else.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 5, 2017, 9:03 pm

My sister has a dog much like Picasso. Her pooch appears to be mostly pug and chihuahua, and has a severe, offset underbite. But he is a charming companion and will come sit on his haunches in front of you in a begging posture, to whine and yip when he wants something. It is then your responsibility to run through the list of things he might want, and he responds with an affirmative yelp (outside? food? water? Milk Bones?). His only flaw is that if you spend the night at her house, he wants to sleep in your bed, under the covers 🙂

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 6, 2017, 11:57 am

There has been a yuge dump of history & art history documentaries on youtube.

Search Waldemar Januszczak on youtube for art history. He does Manet, Munch, Gauguin, Michelangelo, et al.

For history, https://goo.gl/2dLceu
The list is extensive so keep scrolling.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 6, 2017, 11:58 am

If you want to download a youtube video and watch on your computer, use this: http://mp4.ee/

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 6, 2017, 1:37 pm

Speaking of history: Today is the 181st Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. There were a lot of men from England, Scotland, and Ireland who died in the Battle.



Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 6, 2017, 6:49 pm

I am watching this:

I never understood Lucian ‘Mr. Genitalia’ Freud. Dont care for his work but cant say I hate it either. But his portraits look like ugly cartoons. He had a charmed life. Wealthy, famous relatives, good looking when he was young, women up the wazoo, man couldnt keep it in his pants. Anyway, there is always a market for nudes, so tell Uncle B. to strip and get painting. You could be rich and famous. 🙂

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