Random Musing No. 1

August 4, 2018

The human eye has a range of 120°, mostly peripheral vision, compared to the camera’s typical 200° or more. That is why the figures sometimes seem distorted at the edges of a photograph. We make up for this seeming deficit by moving our focus (in movements called “saccades”) around a scene to build up a gestalt awareness of its appearance.
A painting, curated by human intelligence, is superior in every respect to a photograph, except for how long it takes to make it. If cameras took three hours to create the exact same image as they do now in a split second, there would be no question as to which medium people would choose when they needed an image recorded.
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Old Painting

December 18, 2017

Going through my garage looking for Halloween-appropriate art, I came across this rather large (for me) oil on linen.

They are, clockwise, starting from the horse, a horse (maybe a mule–no way to tell without the lower jaw), a gorilla (sadly, plaster, the only fake item in my collection; I woud kill for a real gorilla skull), human (I have the rest of the skeleton in the garage), baboon, cheetah (I’m definitely not supposed to have that; I could tell you how I got it, but then I’d have to kill you), klipspringer (a small antelope), and a daffodil to take the edge off.

Some Watercolors

October 17, 2017

I sold a watercolor of my goat skull, so I did a replacement. The other piece is entitled “Ancestors,” because reasons. That is a vervet monkey and a hyrax skull.

Camel Skull

September 24, 2017

24″ x 36″ oil painting. I took photos of it as the painting progressed.

Camel

 

This was my annual birthday present to myself. Interestingly, the lower jaw was broken when I received the piece, so I took pictures and wrote the following email to the supplier:

Hi,

I received my skull and while I am overall very pleased with it, I was disappointed to discover that the lower jaw was broken in transit (see attached photos). I repaired it with Crazy Glue, but you should be aware that there was a problem with packing/shipping. If you want to make it up to me, a free ostrich egg would assuage my feelings.

Best,

Marc Clamage

The seller wrote back,

What kind of ostrich egg are you referring to?

I answered,

Oh, you know, one of your 5-6 inch $15 ostrich eggs–can I guilt you into sending me one?

Two days later a package came in the mail. Result:

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I should have asked for a stand.

A Couple of New Watercolors

February 4, 2017

oil-cans

Oil Cans

honorable-mention

Honorable Mention

Bad Dog

November 14, 2016

Baboon

Baboon

Cause of Death

Cause of Death

Goat

Goat

Bear Skull with Dominoes

Bear Skull with Dominoes

Badger

Badger

Skunk with Netsuke

Skunk with Netsuke

Klipspringer

Klipspringer with Apple

Raccoon

Raccoon

Fruit Bat

Fruit Bat

Crocodile

Crocodile

Horse with Salt Shaker

Horse with Salt Shaker

Comp Anat

Comp Anat

Carnivora

Carnivora

Well, it’s September now. Better start in on the backlog.

Here are the rest of the skull watercolors I’ve done to date, in the order done. Got busy with other stuff, but that will be the next post.

Deer and Ostrich. The ostrich is a little weak.

Pig, Seymour (Bones), and Three Views of a Human Skull:

The pig painting was thoughtfully ruined by my cat.

 

Squirrel and Cheetah:

I wasn’t really happy with these last few, so I took a little break from the watercolors for a few weeks. And then my birthday came.

The thing about birthdays is, if you want something for your birthday, you should get it for yourself. I happen to collect skulls and so every year I treat myself by buying one skull.

Oops. Got a little carried away this year.

For starters, I knew I wanted a monkey. I also knew I didn’t want to spend more than $150. I posted on a bunch of Facebook groups where people buy and sell skulls, but no response. I started looking around for alternatives.

I found an interesting skull, a good addition to my collection, on a wholesale skull-and-shell site. And it was only $45 too! Bonus! I went to check out… and found that I had to buy a minimum of $100 worth of stuff (wholesale, remember?). No problem, $100 was less than I was planning on spending anyway, so I ended up getting this:

skull-purchase

Clockwise from the left, a gar, a bat skeleton, a hyrax (the original impetus for my purchase), two chicken skulls and two turtle (“cooter”) skulls (these last were minimum purchases). Cost me about $115 plus tax. I gave a friend the surplus skulls, then painted these:

Hyrax, Gar with Tape Dispenser, Cooter, and Two Views of a Chicken Skull:

The hyrax looks like a rodent but is actually more closely related to the elephant and the manatee.

And then… someone contacted me with a monkey skull for sale. It was half price, $75… I just couldn’t resist…

Vervet Monkey