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Weaving a Story

Well the Yanks hate the Reds And the Greeks hate the Turks I really hate to say it But they're all a bunch of jerks – “Piss on the Wall,” J....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 7, 2017
Last comment by SHAUN TAIT, on May 9, 2017 at 1:01 am | 2 comments | 4747 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 | 6880 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 | 4600 Views

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Bicycle Built for Hue

For the past year or so, I’ve been painting an old hybrid bike each month to symbolize or suggest that month. February is almost over, but...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 26, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm | 1 comment | 3835 Views

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Apologies to Irving Berlin

Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927. The song first appeared in the 1930 film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). This version features...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by jamevang, on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm | 3 comments | 4865 Views

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Agrarian Graffiti

Graffiti: the word conjures images of urban blight, tagging, spray paint, non-color-matched swaths of painted patchwork rolled on to cover up the offending...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by JasonBub, on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm | 3 comments | 6489 Views

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The Art of Protest Placards

Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired. Protests signs can generally be categorized thus: • X is thus • X will do thus • X...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 21, 2017
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | 2 comments | 4821 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 | 4763 Views

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Anatomy of a Summer Camp Project A Visual Essay, Phase 2

==I Setup for painting involves taping two 9 x 12 drop cloths and surrounding protective cloths and tarps to the pavement, resulting in an approximately...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 23, 2016
Last comment by Ricky jones, on Nov 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm | 3 comments | 4939 Views

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BAMPFA

From a drought perspective, the last day of January was not goo, a sunny and warm Sunday. But for art-lovers, it was a good day. I was one of many attending the...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2016
Last comment by ares, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm | 3 comments | 4859 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 | 6560 Views

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Day 2: Geometry

Too difficult to draw figures on the painted canvas. So instead ten teams each draws a geometric figure on an 18 x 24 sheet of paper and cuts it out...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by Mike Hudson, on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:53 am | 2 comments | 5123 Views

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July Symbolike

What else? ...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 4, 2016
There are no comments yet. 4893 Views

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Symbolike June

Mid-June, and the surrounding hills are bathed in golden yellow/brown, with still a splash of color from wildflowers and patches of green that...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 11, 2016
There are no comments yet. 4132 Views

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Symbolike March

Green for excessive drinking and puking. Aquamarine (or as close as I could get with spray paint) for my birth month’s birthstone. Decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2016
Last comment by Aahna, on May 30, 2016 at 8:06 am | 3 comments | 4680 Views

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Hang Eight

In my August 19, 2015, posting, “Adult Ed,” I chronicled a trAction Painting event held in my garage. To briefly recap: a group of...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 19, 2016
Last comment by JAB, on May 23, 2016 at 8:57 am | 2 comments | 4845 Views

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Fautisme

Since I created trAction Painting, students, my associates, and I have employed bikes, skates, scooters, rollers, and other wheel-wielding objects...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 1, 2016
Last comment by Shane, on May 7, 2016 at 9:54 am | 3 comments | 4842 Views

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Learning the Ropes: Curating 101

Recently my husband and I were driving through a small town on our way home from Mendocino. It exuded charm and quaintness, good food, good wine. . .all the expected...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 2, 2014
Last comment by Tora Satterfield, on May 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm | 1 comment | 6186 Views

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Symbolike May

“In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” In the April...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 4, 2016
There are no comments yet. 4580 Views

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Site Parasites

“I visit this blog first time and inspire by this good stuff work. Incredible post keeps up posting such great information. If you like to...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 23, 2016
Last comment by Michael Austin, on Apr 29, 2016 at 7:51 am | 4 comments | 6472 Views
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