Interesting Reading…

I’m constantly reading various books, blogs, websites, reviewing new material, reviewing old material, and rethinking about some of the content in those books, blogs, websites, etc.

Moving forward, I’m going to reserve the “Interesting Reading” tag and category in this blog for interesting reading articles, website links, links to books that I’ve come across, new thoughts I’ve got on old material, etc. This is not necessarily for “book reviews” so much as to toss an interesting piece of information that I’ve come across at you to think about a little – a pebble of thought, in to this wide Ocean that is the Blogosphere.

Advertisements

River Drawing

River Drawing

River Drawing


Copyright Jeff Thomann 2009

Media: Color Pencils & China Marker on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at “http://www.cafepress.com/RiverDrawing
Original Size: 5″x7″
Primary Theme: Landscape, Design, Composition

Vertical Trees

Vertical Trees Color Pencil Drawing

Vertical Trees


Copyright Jeff Thomann 2009

Media: Color Pencils on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at http://www.cafepress.com/VerticalTrees
Original Size: 5″x7″
Primary Theme: Landscape

Artfolio vs Portfolio

I plan to tag and categorize all future posts that I consider a part of my true art portfolio as “Portfolio” at some point in the future. This is different than the posts tagged or categorized as artfolio. Artfolio is reserved for all of my artworks posted in this blog, both unfinished and finished as well as works in progress, quick preliminary sketches, ideas, notes on technique, diary type art-related postings, etc. Portfolio tagged items are a subset of Artfolio tagged items which are more finished, and worthy of viewing. A lot of artists don’t like to show the unrefined, unfinished works to the public for a variety of reasons. I like doing this so that it’s easier to see techniques being used, discuss various methods of doing things, discuss the historical rationale behind symbols and patterns being utilized, etc. That’s why I created the artfolio tag and category. The portfolio tag and category is reserved for things that I would, and may actually put in my real world art portfolio. The Artfolio stuff is more of a hodge podge mix of everything I do that’s art related.

Need a place in Mid-Missouri?!?… Check this out.

If you is looking for a descent house in Mid-Missouri, not too far from Columbia, to live in or just to flip and resell, you should seriously think about taking a look at
MLS # 09-748
http://www.era.com/property/index.jsp?property=ERA2774027
.

721 Locust Street
Boonville, MO 65233

Current Price has been reduced to $49,900 (which is a lot lower than it probably should be because we need to get it sold so that we don’t continue to have utility bills at two places, and sometimes three places when we have to help Mom out with bills at her new apartment)

721 Locust Street
Boonville, MO 65233

MLS / Listing ID#: 09-748
Express Listing ID: 2774027

Features
Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 1
Half Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1,550
Construction: Wood Frame
Rooms: Eat-in Kitchen
Basement: Full Basement
Garage: Detached Garage
Fireplace: 1 Fireplace
Amenities: Fenced Yard; Deck; Porch
Air Conditioning: Central Electric A/C
Exterior: Stucco
Heat: Forced Air – Gas Heat
Flooring: Mixed Flooring
Lot Size: Under 1/2 Acre
Water: City Water
Sewer: City Sewer
Age: Over 50 Years Old
Roof: Asphalt Shingle Roof
Zoning: Residential

My brother-in-law owns the place, but we are helping him out with some of the bills there. My mother-in-law was living there up until a couple of months ago. She’s moved in to an apartment now since that is just too much house for one person, especially when that one person is disabled, confined to a power wheel chair, and is on a fixed income.

A new roof was just put on the place earlier this year. A new water heater was just put in about a year ago. There’s a nice sized front and back yard. The back yard is already fenced in. Although one of the driveways is a shared drive, there’s two driveways, so parking is never a problem. Each Driveway has a garage near the back yard. The shared drive is a two car garage. There’s a nicely sized patio in the back that runs almost the full length of the house.

This place is just across the street and two doors down from an elementary shool, so it’s in a perfect location for a family with children. The upstairs is finished, and was previously used as a bedroom. That is where the half bath is located.

If you are interested contact
Gale Boller
ERA 1st Choice Realty, Inc.
gale.boller@ERA.com
Office: (660) 882-6516

Fellow Artist – Rachel (Michael Tiger) Elliott

Rachel and I were classmates together at Truman State University in the late 1990s. We attended quite a few painting classes together. I remember fondly having some in-depth discussions with her as we both sat fatigued on the painting studio floor after having been in our own little corners of the room pulling all-nighters.

Her work has a serene beauty to it. A few of her drawings are sometimes simple on the surface, but very narrative and complex under the surface. I really enjoy her mastery of color and simple lines to evoke a lot of feeling. Her use of compositional space draws the viewer in to the little worlds that each individual painting or drawing depicts and describes. Her works may be small, and intimate since they require the viewer to get up close and personal with the work, but they pack a powerful punch.

Rachel’s Blog is located at http://michaeltiger.wordpress.com/. Her blogging is one of the many things that have inspired me to start blogging again.

Turbosquid

I have many photos available at Turbosquid

Turbosquid

I have over 9000 total published assets at Turbosquid at this point in time. I’m always adding more now and then. I love walking around with a digital camera taking texture photos of wood grain, bricks, concrete, asphalt, and a lot of different things, and taking reference shots of clouds and a lot of other things now and then. I also love taking a camera with me on vacation to various places around the country to shoot as many things as I can. I see the camera as a simple little “light” version of a sketchbook for me. I have always been interested in texture photos and can fondly remember finding out about texture photos the first time by visiting websites way back in the early 1990s when this stuff was all brand new and everyone was using early versions of photoshop that could not do much. Most of my photos on turbosquid are taken directly out of a camera card, without edits. I do sometime edit if I need to remove some copyrighted or trademarked element from a photo, but these days, I’m mainly trying to stay away from putting that stuff in the lens in the first place.