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Category Archives: Art

Painting in Color

Joe started drawing when he was very young. He drew horses, cartoons, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, airplanes, things he related to. He also liked drawing on walls and in coloring books. He wasn’t thinking of art as a career and never took classes or followed guidelines that someone has to declare him an artist […]

Also posted in Al Holmes, Food, Football, Hawaii, Paint it Blue, Painters, San Antonio

Drink the Giant Orange

I rush into the art museum and within minutes feel thirsty and hot and dizzy. I spot relief in a painting called Giant Orange topped by a tall orange and black sign and staffed by a pretty young lady inside a huge orange ball below. “Whaddya got to drink?” She looks at me as if […]

Also posted in Art Galleries, Bakersfield, Paint it Blue, Painters

Iranian Art, David Hockney, and LACMA

Boyd, an art lover visiting California the first time in years, reads with increasing concern a two-sided handout titled: The Future at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and waves the news at a museum employee. “What’s this? Almost half the galleries are closed and soon the others’ll be shuttered, too.” She smiles and says, […]

Also posted in Architecture, David Hockney, Frank Gehry, Iran, LACMA, Larry Gagosian, Painters, Siamak Filizadeh

Parking Lot Painter

No one buys my oil paintings on canvas. No one buys my acrylics. No one buys my watercolors. No one hires me to paint murals. They’re all fools. I have great work crying to be seen, and I prove it every weekend at street painting festivals all over. We don’t actually paint. We draw, usually […]

Also posted in Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Painters

Mental Steroids

A physician of renown I certainly am, though for a generation I have focused most of my intellect on the rather irrelevant albeit stimulating task of helping athletes run faster, jump higher, hit more home runs, and register more knockouts with shoulder pads and fists. Only in recent years have activists tried to persuade me […]

Also posted in Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, Louis Pasteur, Mick Jagger, Music, Painters, Robert Plant, Steroids

Art Appraisals

To an interviewer who asked Mick Jagger if he had any art, the slender septuagenarian said, well, I just have several paintings people have given me and a few I’ve bought, but it’s definitely not what you’d call a collection, and they (the bad guys) know that so they never bother coming to my place. […]

Also posted in Adonay Duque, Andy Warhol, Art Galleries, Auctions, Bakersfield, Bonhams, George Thomas Clark, Jerry Hall, Lucian Freud, Mick Jagger, Painters, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Sotheby's, The Rolling Stones

Grady Harp Reviews “Paint it Blue”

Amazon.com Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp recently posted this review on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com Paint it Blue by George Thomas Clark 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Oh to be a fly on the wall…. May 6, 2015 By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Grady Harp, Paint it Blue, Painters

First Review of Paint it Blue

The first review of “Paint it Blue” has just been posted on Amazon.com, and I’m honored that painter and writer Peter Wood gave the book five stars. Here is the review: Most Helpful Customer Reviews 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars — Painters Exposed As Never Before! […]

Also posted in Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, George Thomas Clark, Pablo Picasso, Paint it Blue, Painters, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh

Paint it Blue – Published

Paint it Blue, the long-anticipated collection of stories about painters, has been published and is now available. Introduction – We wonder what they’re thinking, so we ask Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And you, Picasso, what are you really like? Vincent van Gogh, please tell us more about your agony and inspiration. We must also […]

Also posted in Art Galleries, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Dorothea Tanning, Fernando Motilla, Francisco Goitia, Francoise Gilot, Frida Kahlo, George Luks, Getty Museum, Guernica, Hammer Museum, James McNeill Whistler, Joe Overstreet, Pablo Picasso, Paint it Blue, William H. Johnson

Tame Her

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Francoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso

Also posted in Aging, Francoise Gilot, Pablo Picasso, Painters, Sex

Van Gogh v. Gauguin

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Mental Health, Painters, Paul Gauguin, Suicide, Vincent Van Gogh

Night Court

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Crime, Economics, Great Depression, Painters, Phil Paradise, Poverty

Silicon Galleries

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Black”

Also posted in Art Galleries, Bay Area, Computers, Painters, Palo Alto, Short Pieces - GTC

Elegant Quito Home of Maria Augusta Urrutia

I tell the taxi driver I’m looking for a splendid residence in downtown Quito, and he drives me into the historical center and to the home of Maria Augusta Urrutia. From outside, the house, though two tall stories, looks rather small and narrow, cramped by contiguous buildings, but upon entering I see a courtyard and […]

Also posted in Charity, Ecuador, Maria Augusta Urrutia, Marriage, Painters, Poverty, Quito, Victor Mideros

Tobacco: The Holdouts

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Drugs, Los Angeles, Painters, Robert Colescott, Tobacco

Garden Party for William H. Johnson

(A major feature about painter William H. Johnson, 1901-1970, will be posted later this spring.) I wish William H. Johnson, gifted painter of a unique world, were at this party honoring young African American artists, staged by the foundation bearing his name, at an elegant old two-story home near the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. […]

Also posted in Food, Housing, Los Angeles, Mental Health, Painters, William H. Johnson

Party

at party naked couple hugs painting each other

Also posted in Painters, Poetry - GTC, Sex

Orange Ladies

two mouths pout under hats above dresses sexy or mean better assume mean and sexy

Also posted in Painters, Poetry - GTC, Sex

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Economics, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

The Collector

This story is part of the collections “Paint it Blue” and “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Crime, Mental Health, Murder, Painters, Short Stories - GTC, The Bold Investor

Hemingway Fifty Years Dead

Early morning on a July second Ernest Hemingway, battered by decades of alcoholism, assailed by a brain injured in one car and two plane crashes, haunted by a lifelong fear of inherited mental illness and certain that it and rapid aging had forever rendered him paranoid and defeated, quietly arose from a bedroom separate from […]

Also posted in Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, France, Julian Barnes, Movies, Pablo Picasso, Paris, Woody Allen, Writers

Colossal Head and the Mesoamerican Ballgame

I know it’s not right by your standards but I don’t care about them or you, so my relentless almond eyes and flat ears, open and acute below the helmet on my Colossal Head 5, carved six-feet high into three tons of basalt, are aimed at viewers in museums who surround me on three sides. […]

Also posted in LACMA, Mexico, Museums, Sculptors

Skipping Toll on the Golden Gate Bridge

Oh, what a foolish risk it was. It really should be illegal. I don’t know why it isn’t. All rational people understand it’s dangerous to drive while listening to Jim Morrison sing “Light My Fire.” Actually, I had been thoroughly reasonable all day, easing out of my motel in San Francisco and carefully driving through […]

Also posted in Bay Area, Cars & Driving, George Thomas Clark, Golden Gate Bridge, Jim Morrison, Marin County, Music, Painters, San Francisco, The Doors

Betty Finch Transforms Gourds into Sculptures

I’ve long been collecting art with enthusiasm many call obsessive but confess to being indifferent when notified by postcard last month that the Bakersfield Museum of Art would be featuring an exhibition of gourd sculptures by retired police officer Betty Finch. What the hell is a gourd? I’d heard of people drinking from them but […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Betty Finch, Homeless, Marriage, Painters, Sculptors

Is that Matt Damon

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Self-Portrait with Small Statue

Also posted in Henry Varnum Poor, Museums, Painters, Stanford University