Category Archives: Art

Beginning with the finished product

I recently came across this quote by the legendary photography pioneer Edward Steichen: “Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper…the photographer begins with the finished product.” I don’t believe that Steichen was criticizing or downplaying photography’s artistic role compared to the other arts. I see it as a statement on […]

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Random photo # 64: Not a fish story

4/27/2016: Stockton artist Moises Valdez takes advantage of a break between rain showers to work on a mural that will feature several koi on the side of No Limits Painting 27 N. Grant Street in downtown Stockton.

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Horse on a hill, redux

“There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I’ve loved them all” -In My Life by […]

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Points of view

Years ago I was on my way to an assignment when I saw a horse in a pasture among the rolling hills along Highway 26 east of Linden. It was back in the days when we shot black and white film, and what drew me to the scene was the horse’s white coat contrasting against […]

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Art appreciation 101

One evening I was traveling north on I-5 on my way back from a soccer game in Manteca. Clouds filled the sky as a beautiful sunset began to ripen rapidly. I knew I needed to pull off of the freeway soon lest I miss it. I got off at Downing Avenue in South Stockton and […]

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Art and Craft

“Art is in everything, man. I went to a museum the other day. After you come out of that museum everything looks like a piece of art…you look at the paintings and yeah they’re pretty cool, but look at this guy’s face, look at this beautiful girl here – all these walking sculptures, you know […]

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The beauty of decay and the discarded

Seattle-based photographic artist Chris Jordan’s project “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption” consists of pictures he made of piles of things that people have used and discarded. They’re of things that people don’t think of as inspiration of subjects of art: discard cell phones, tossed cigarette butts, junked cars and more. I know he’s […]

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In the flesh

In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to output a photograph where ever you want. Not just limited to a photographic print, you can put pictures on T-shirts, coffee mugs, birthday cakes, just about anything. All these things (save for the cake) could be done with film, but from the transfer of images to […]

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Not so itsy-bitsy spider

If you watched the old Hanna/Barbera animated TV series Jonny Quest in the 1960s, then you probably remember the episode with the giant robot spider. In the show, Jonny’s Dad, Dr. Benton Quest, is working on a top secret weapon for the government and the evil Dr. Napoleon Zin sends the ‘bot to spy on […]

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Separated at birth: Keanu’s Excellent Adventure

It is said everyone has a double somewhere in this world, but what about somewhere in time? In the Palace of the Legion of Honor was an oil painting by French artist Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1851-1913) of Paul Mounet done in about 1875. Painted in mostly dark tones, Mounet cuts a dashing, if a […]

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