Photo-Reality Show

Jason De Graff paints in a style called photorealism.

Acrylic on canvas, if you can believe that!

The following painting, “Eight” is an example of his work.

Eight

“My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life. I choose colours and composition intuitively with the intent of infusing my paintings with mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.”

Stunning. There must be a trick to it.

Here’s “My8”

I didn’t redo his work, I just joined the ends.

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Banned Books Week

September 27th until October 2nd is banned books week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

This page contains a schedule of events to be held at the library located at:

340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

“…DePauw University Dean of Libraries Rick Provine lives 24/7 in its plate-glass window, in a “prison” of banned books. He will be blogging about his experience and thoughts about banned books within society.”

Banned books master list is here.

My personal tribute to KV Jr. is the featured image at the top of this article (© laphotoshoppe.) His books are well worth reading for children of any age, and I strongly recommend them all.

On Bravery…

I, like everybody else, have a certain fear of heights, and I have to be very careful when I am in the clouds, but it is also what I love; it is my domain, so when you love something, you don’t have fear.

-Phillippe Petit

btw – The documentary was much better than the movie. Some might call it a film, but it wasn’t. It was a movie.


Fear keeps us safe. If we had no fear, we would never have survived this long. Fear is not to be avoided, it is to be respected and managed. We should not let fear, interfere, with our goals.

Bravery is an act of defiance. Bravery is the will to stand up and speak up even though the situation might not be to one’s perfect advantage. Bravery is taking risks and having the conviction to see them through to their own unique and individual ends.

Bravery is not a lack of fear; it is a willingness to act, despite.

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Tribute – Eadweard Muybridge

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April 9th, 2015 would have been Eadweard Muybridge‘s 185th birthday. His legacy lives on in these modern times. He worked on motion; and without his contributions, there would be no movies, no TV, no video, and no animated .gifs. <— (Probably untrue, but motion capture comes to mind; his work was revolutionary.)

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