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Prologue and Postscript

==I Last summer I chronicled in this blog the first proof-of-concept of using trAction Painting as a foundational element for an integrated curriculum, at a four-day...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 18, 2015
Last comment by Barbara, on Jul 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm | 2 comments | 7779 Views

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Day 3: Wheelism

Multivalent painting: the kids get all kinds of wheels spinning: scooters, skates, bike, toy cars and trucks, bike wheel on axle, wheel on rollers....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2015
Last comment by Barbara, on Jul 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm | 1 comment | 3286 Views

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Wrapping Up

The last day of camp, and the kids get to see their work behind the work. Once they have pulled off all the tape, they see the geometric figures they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 24, 2015
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Jul 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm | 1 comment | 3419 Views

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Day 1: Primary School

As in colors. Day 1 of our second annual trAction Painting camp, in Pittsburg, CA. Twenty or so kids, ranging in age from really young to less young,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 20, 2015
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International Premiere Comes to Danville

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' founding. And the birthplace of the organization was San Francisco, where the organization's charter...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2015
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Transformations

Currently running at Danville's Village Theater Art Gallery is "Lost and Found: an exhibition of upcycled, recycled, and found objects turned into works...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 18, 2015
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Peinture trAction

My effort to show solidarity with the French people....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 11, 2015
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The Lost Art of Carquinez Scenic Drive

In The Painted Word, published in 1975, Tom Wolfe wrote about the trend in art away from representationalism and toward reductionism and, ultimately, ephemeralism. Forty...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 4, 2014
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Wheels for Meals on Wheels

It's refreshing and invigorating to find people who support your artistic efforts. I have found such a person in Jennifer Perlmutter, owner of the Jennifer Perlmutter...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 15, 2014
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At the Gate

Dr. Christine Hartman's day job is at Livermore Labs, where she is deputy director of the Mission Opportunities Office. In that capacity, she helps...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 7, 2014
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Merger of Music and Painting

Last Sunday I attended and participated in a combination art exhibit and concert at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville. Adorning three walls of the sanctuary are...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 30, 2014
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Five Will Get You Fives

To paraphrase Rogers and Hammerstein, the local hills and valleys are alive with the sound of music: Danville Band, San Ramon Symphonic Band, Contra Costa Wind Symphony,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Doug Earl , on Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 am | 2 comments | 4266 Views

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Brush and Blush

A San Ramon couple wants to give people a chance to equip themselves with liquid courage and try to be artists for a few hours. This phenomenon, called "paint...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 12, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Aug 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm | 1 comment | 5256 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 | 4203 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 2: Rolling

Today we migrate from the confines of a classroom setting to canvas-clad asphalt. Our 12 x 7-foot blank sheet sits atop a 21 x 12 canvas working surface. I open...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Aug 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm | 1 comment | 3594 Views

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Summer Camp, Day 3: Little Shavers

After some residual skainting, we break out the scooters?a couple of Razors, each outfitted with a plastic bottle suspended above the front wheel. The bottles have...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 30, 2014
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Summer Camp, Day 1

We start painting in earnest tomorrow. Today was preliminaries: asking 14 kids in attendance about art in general; showing them some examples?e.g., landscapes...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 28, 2014
Last comment by vicky r., on Jul 29, 2014 at 11:35 am | 2 comments | 3212 Views

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Be an Exhibitionist!

I just read an entertaining, informative, thought-provoking book that should be on the shelf of any artist, struggling or not. Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 15, 2014
Last comment by John Barry, on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:18 am | 5 comments | 4468 Views

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Pax Vobiscum; Ars Gratia Artis

Pax Vobiscum; Ars Gratia Artis Throughout history, churches have often served as repositories of art. Such is the case with Peace Lutheran in Danville. Each year...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 5, 2014
Last comment by Ms. bunny, on Feb 12, 2014 at 8:26 am | 2 comments | 4917 Views

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Marcus Shelby Quartet

I was fortunate to be a part of the Jazz at Peace concert on February 9 and got a shout-out from the stage by Marcus Shelby, leader of the quartet that played....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 11, 2014
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