Archives: art

The courtroom sketch artist: art in a pressure-cooker

June 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting.

Courtroom sketch artists are people who can draw (or paint) quickly, accurately depicting what they see and unafraid to allow others — maybe millions of others — to see what they have done. They work under seemingly impossible deadlines, sometimes only a few minutes, at best a few hours. There’s very little chance of editing or • Read More »

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem – Brain Pickings

February 9, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writing.

Maria Popova, the brain behind BrainPickings.com — a newsletter you should subscribe to — has written another tribute to the ideas of the late science fiction novelist, Ursula Le Guin. Le Guin, as Popova points out, has important things to say about the function of storytelling. Here is part of it: “People wish to be • Read More »

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Testing the palette: One subject, three paintings

February 7, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: watercolor.

Cades Cove Sunday morning - 3

Painting a subject more than one, especially within a short span of time, is not my usual thing.

But this was different. I wanted to test out three color approaches, and I wanted to do it with a landscape that would not be too difficult to render. So here’s the result:

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Artist Daniel Moore announces latest national championship painting

February 7, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, sports.

Moore discovered a gold mine for his artwork in 1979 when he produced “The Goal Line Stand,” a photo-realistic oil painting of the moments when Alabama prevented Penn State from scoring in the Sugar Bowl.

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Daniel Moore – Artist, journalist . . . or both?

May 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: First Amendment, law.

The University of Alabama, where I taught for 25 years, has sued artist Daniel Moore saying that Moore’s paintings, many of which depicted memorable moments in Crimson Tide football history, violate the University’s trademark protections. Moore has responded with a suit against the University saying it is interferring with his business. Moore also makes a First Amendment claim. He says that what he does — observing a game, executing a painting, making prints and selling them — is no different from what a photojournalist for a newspaper does. The University, he says, does not charge the newspaper with trademark violations when it publishes pictures of the football game and sells its newspapers to the public. So why should it charge him? Why, indeed?

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