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Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm | 13 comments | 7133 Views

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Magritte at the SFMOMA: Enigma, Conundrum, Paradox

A review by Bill Carmel, MFA The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents an extensive exhibition titled René Magritte: ==I The Fifth Season,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jun. 6, 2018
Last comment by bolton, on Jul 5, 2018 at 12:33 am | 11 comments | 5010 Views

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Matisse into Diebenkorn

Review of Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by Bill Carmel, MFA (JAB note: This site limits the number of images that can...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 18, 2017
Last comment by Mike, on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm | 11 comments | 6321 Views

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Jazz and Abstraction

The jazz program at Peace Lutheran Church is one of the best deals in the area. On the first Sunday of seven months out of the year, you can catch,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 10, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm | 9 comments | 3617 Views

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The Art of Newspeak

By John A. Barry Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) was a prescient literary artist. Orwell famously predicted that “Big Brother is watching...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by Cher Pascual, on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm | 9 comments | 4258 Views

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Fête de Faut’

Wheelchair party (I liked the alliteration and syllabic similarity of fête and faut’ in the French translation). My associates...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 13, 2016
Last comment by JAB, on Mar 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm | 8 comments | 4496 Views

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The Ballad of Andy and Rocky

The Ballad of Andy and Rocky Uploaded: Jul 2, 2020 By Bill Carmel, MFA This blog entry memorializes the recent painting of a mural for the Lamorinda Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 11, 2020
Last comment by Elizabeth Hopkins-Kurz, on Jul 28, 2020 at 10:33 am | 7 comments | 3630 Views

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Toward that end, I’ve festooned my bike o’ the month with names of inspirational women in such fields as Sciences...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2017
Last comment by lenacharles, on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:58 am | 7 comments | 4770 Views

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Sublime Seas

A Review by Bill Carmel, MFA SFMOMA is host to an exhibit titled Sublime Seas that features a video installation Vertigo Seas by John Akomfrah;...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 16, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on May 19, 2018 at 11:14 am | 7 comments | 4279 Views

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Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by andy, on Sep 29, 2017 at 12:39 am | 7 comments | 5937 Views

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Political Performance Art

During the endless nearly-two-billion-dollars-down-a-rathole presidential campaign, many pundits and prognosticators opined that Donald Trump didn’t...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 5, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:20 am | 7 comments | 4402 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 4: Finale

We wrapped up the camp yesterday, but I was too wiped out to write about it. After two days of brushing our 12 x 7 canvas with skates, skateboard, and scooters,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 1, 2014
Last comment by Lisa, on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm | 6 comments | 5466 Views

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trAction Abstraction

In January I profiled Rossmoor resident Karl Livengood, a retired social worker involved with the Rossmoor Senior Tutors Program. He also coordinates the Fine Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2016
Last comment by UdyRegan, on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | 6 comments | 4510 Views

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Art Inside-Out, Body of Work (Literally)

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin FAMSF de Young Museum. Through October 6, 2019 See Ed Hardy break through the establishment rubble to see the light of day at the...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Sep. 13, 2019
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 10, 2019 at 11:26 am | 5 comments | 4899 Views

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Don’t Get Cute with Me

1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty 2. appealing and delightful; charming 3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious 4. mentally...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2017
Last comment by Fausta Facciponte, on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm | 5 comments | 5675 Views

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Teambuilding, Teamwork

Over the past year, I've reported in this blog on efforts by my colleagues and me to bring trAction Painting to kids—and adults. In all of these efforts, our focus...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 13, 2015
Last comment by rembo, on Aug 19, 2016 at 4:27 am | 5 comments | 6169 Views

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Painterly Plagiarism

Eight sections of this van are painted in the style of eight artists. Can you identify them? Hints (left to right): color theorist, color fields,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 17, 2018
Last comment by John Barry, on Jul 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm | 5 comments | 3169 Views

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Visual Games During Shelter-in-Place

By Bill Carmel, MFA During this time of shelter-in-place, keeping busy in healthy and creative ways challenges even the cheeriest of personalities. Artists...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 7, 2020
Last comment by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel, on Jul 2, 2020 at 7:13 am | 5 comments | 3558 Views

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April Fools

The Museum of Modern Art is opening a branch in the new San Ramon Center. Watch here for details. Well, it’s that time of the month, and my bike is decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Apr 7, 2017 at 11:36 am | 5 comments | 4216 Views

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Deconstruction of a Visual Pun Based on a Veritable Bungler

By John A. Barry In our last installment, Bill wrote about engendering shelter-in-place creativity via “visual thought experiments concerning metaphors...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 29, 2020
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 25, 2020 at 9:36 am | 5 comments | 3429 Views
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