Archive for December, 2012

Truck Art Museums

December 31, 2012

This from the Musea Vaults:  TRUCK MUSEUMS

The idea is simple enough – takte the paintings to the people, instead of the people traveling to the musty museums. But these are not the original paintings. These are exact copies on canvas – same size, color, brushstrokes, etc..  That can be done now. The reproduction technology is THAT GOOD. Here’s the test to prove it. Put up the original and 4 exact size copies in the same frame. If viewers can’t pick out the original – the paintings are ready for the road. The originals are kept safe while the copies hit the road.

The truck stops at any empty hall. Then it unloads metal rectangular frames – sort of like coat racks – with either a curtain or light board attached as a background, and supports at the bottom to keep them from tipping over. The paintings themselves are securely hung from brackets connected to the bars at the top. The sections can either stand alone, be connected into a long row, or connected at right angles, or any combination that best fits the room.

Each section is easy to both install and put away. To pack up the exhibit all you would have to do is take off the base supports, and load the wall sections – paintings and all , as is, side by side, onto a truck. And because these are COPIES, no need for big insurance hassles, or extreme security that you would have to have if the originals were on view.

That way an entire museum worth of paintings can be housed in 1 or 2 trucks and can travel to any small community. The drivers could set up the entire exhibit in minutes in a union hall, school auditorium, civic center, just about anywhere there is a large open room. And then, with it all set up, they and/or someone from that community could stand at the door and collect  $5 dollars or so from every visitor to the exhibit.

It’s a good way to bring great painting to everyone.

Just imagine you’re in East Texas, say in Tyler or Longview, Texas and you get to see 600 paintings and drawings of Van Gogh this month, 200 Rembrandt portraits next month, and 500 Impressionists paintings from Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley on the month after!  Next month – 200 each of Matisse and Picasso’s works in a joint show.

Art is the last of the arts to be mass produced (we already have mass produced film – videos; writings – books, paperbacks, audio books; and music – recordings . Arts are next. They need to be liberated from Ivory towers, and brought back into the big world full of millions of people waiting for them.

2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Poems and Sayings Written in late Dec. 2012

December 30, 2012

Poems written in late December 2012
Comments welcome. [poem notes in brackets like this]


1. [ From Blue Mountain Poems – a mystical imaginary mountain in the distance]

near the top
of blue mountain
the air is thin
but the stars are thick!

2. [From Writings in Science – a sci-fi novel in progress]

a leaf in a forest.

3. [a Wake UP Poem]

on the Earth
on every side!

4. [Science in a poem that speeds up]

at apogee
the Moon slows down
to let us take a look.

at perigee
it speeds up

5. [Moon Poems /this with two meanings]

i know there’s a new moon
in the air
though for now
it’s invisible

6. [ Vision Poem]

On one side an Angel,
on the other a ghost.
Between them 2 cups
of fragrant tea
with swirls of steam
rising and spiraling
and ever so slowly
fading away…

7. [from Moon Tea, a collection of kids poems]

Look there’s a ladder
to the Moon.
Come and help me
count the rungs.

8. [Sort of a Saturn poem – hey astrologers?]

no need to feel sorry
for the crippled lamb.
long ago he adjusted
to the fate he had.

and when in a pool
you see your face,
look more carefully
for YOUR crippled leg.


tapping your toes or shaking in your boots?

There are two types of art: realism, and exaggeration.

Science writers, stop trying to impress and start trying to communicate!

I try to paint magic!
Tom Hendricks
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The ROSE Doors

December 29, 2012

What’s a STAND-UP in art?  It’s a drawing or painting that has escaped the wall!!!

This one was made 12/27/12. It’s titled,  THE ROSE DOORS! – enjoy.

The Rose Doors


Rose door 2

3 Art Works for Tonight (2/28/12)

December 29, 2012

Here are 3 brand new art works done tonight.  All are copies of a drawing I did. They are loosely based on a photo of Virginia Reid by Alfred Cheney Johnston

The first from left to right has assorted colored pencils. The 2nd has just a little black pencil. The 3rd has yellow and purple pencil – with a little bit of brown. Enjoy


Photo 3

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