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Leonardo’s journals; eyewitness to the biggest event of the first century; football art and the First Amendment; newsletter Feb. 9, 2018

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This has been The Week of Interesting Things for me. Most of my weeks could take that moniker, but this one seemed especially full. I try to put a lot of interesting things I find into the newsletter, but I just didn’t have time to get everything I wanted to this week. Still, there’s a lot of good stuff here this week.

And speaking of the newsletter, if you’re interested, this week I am opening the hood on it. I have written a blog post about what it is and why it exists. The beginning of that blog post is down below the signature, and there’s a link there to the rest of it on JPROF.com.

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Leonardo’s journals – and inspiration versus execution

Leonardo da Vinci had one of the most agile, inquisitive, and incisive minds in all of history. We know this because he kept journals — thousands of page of journals in which he wrote what he thought and drew what he saw and imagined. His curiosity was boundless, and no question (“How does a bird swallow?”) too small to be delved into, analyzed, and answered. Every idea for invention or improvement needed to be recorded. Multiple scenes and people needed to be sketched..Leonardo journal page

In all, according to biographerWalter Isaacson, we have about 7,200 pages of Leonardo’s journals in various collections in museums and libraries around the globe. That’s probably about 25 percent of what he actually produced. Yet with all this energy and activity, Leonardo left this world with only about 20 completed paintings and dozens of unfinished works.

Leonardo was obviously more interested in satisfying his curiosity and capturing an inspiration than in completing his projects. I’ve written a short article on JPROF.com about Leonardo’s journals and have a couple of examples of his pages.

Football art and the First Amendment

Artist Daniel Moore, a friend for some years, has made a good living in the world of sports art. For the past 40 years, he has executed photo-realistic oil paintings of some of the iconic moments in the University of Alabama’s football history. Daniel just announced that he is working on a major painting that commemorates Alabama’s latest national championship victory. Daniel usually produces several types of prints from his paintings, and each a limited edition (that is, he will produce a certain number of prints and no more).

It is no surprise that each editionDaniel Moore drawingof this latest painting has already sold out — even before the painting itself has been complete. (At right is a pencil drawing of a compositional sketch for the painting.)

Whether or not you are interested in football or sports art, all of us owe Daniel a debt of gratitude for using his personal resources to stand up for the First Amendment. Several years ago, the University of Alabama tried to force Daniel into paying a license fee for the work he was doing. Daniel resisted, and a years-long legal battle ensued. You can find out more about that in this article on JPROF (less than a five-minute read).

Pliny the Younger: Eyewitness to the First Century’s biggest event

We introduced Pliny the Younger, ancient Roman’s best journalist, to you last week with the fact that he was the author of the earliest non-Jewish account of Christianity that exists today. Pliny’s description of the Christian community in Turkey, where he was the Roman governor, is fascinating and enlightening. For that description alone, Pliny would have achieved immortality.Pliny the Younger

But dealing with the Christians at that time was a minor administrative matter, and if he had not done that, we still would remember him for what he saw when he was about 19 years old: the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pliny was living with his uncle (and adoptive father) Pliny the Elder, who was a high-ranking Roman official in Misenum, a town north of Vesuvius on the west coast of Italy.

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was undoubtedly nature’s most spectacular event in the first century (it destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum), and Pliny describes what he saw in detail. But the eruption had a deeply personal outcome. Read more about this in this post on JPROF.

Giveaways and a chance to win an Amazon gift card

A kind reader has pointed out that our gift card raffle is not a giveaway but alottery. She is absolutely correct, and I will stop referring to it as a giveaway. Nevertheless, please consider entering. The information is below.

Be Our Valentine gift card giveaway.Once again, I have joined with a number of other independent authors to sponsor an Amazon gift card giveaway. We havetwo $85 gift cardsthat are the prizes for this month’s giveaway, so don’t miss out. Go to this link:https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ad6cea03… You will need to enter a valid email address, and that address will be shared with the authors who are participating. The giveaway lasts until Feb. 15, so head over there today and get your name on the list. If you go to this link and find that you cannot enter your email, it means that you are already signed in (probably through Facebook); all you have to do at that point is click on ENTER, and your email will become part of the list.

The Prolific Reader. Kill the Quarterback is listed there along with some other great mysteries. https://theprolificreader.com/mystery/

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Crimes against English (partially and temporarily suspended)

For the most part, we’re going to take a short break from our sleuthing for crimes against English this week and enjoy this fun video on YouTube. It’s called 10 Letters We Dropped from the Alphabet, and it was put together by Austin McConnell.

English consists of 26 letters which we all know, more or less, in the right order.

At one time, however, there were as many as ten more. Find out about them, and what happened to them, here on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/embed/zUrDUxh5xS0

Now, back to our sleuthing (somewhat): A Word A Day a couple of weeks ago featured tautologous, which is taken as a synonym for redundancy, which we have been discussing for a couple of weeks now. Here’s what some of the readers of AWAD wrote in that was include in its Sunday roundup:

“One that drives me nuts (and is very common in the UK) is “6 am in the morning”. I’ve even heard people talking about catching “a very early flight at 5 am in the morning”, which I suppose is a double tautology.”

“As one who plans ahead (in advance, that is), and has a personal opinion on the matter, I find a little tautologous redundancy is a free gift to the reader when the true facts are presented.

“Here in New Mexico we laugh at the tautologous “Rio Grande River”. But then, most American states are not, by law, bilingual.

OK, rest time is over. Get back to your sleuthing. What crime against English have you discovered?


A name for this newsletter?

Does this newsletter need a name? I think that maybe it does. I have been turning over a couple of possibilities — The Writing Wright and JPROF Journal. Do you have a suggestion?

Let me know what you think.

Finally . . .

This week’s watercolor: Cades Cove Sunday morning – 3

Cades Cove Sunday morning - 3

I did three versions of this painting to test out different sets of colors. This one used a set of Kuretake watercolors from Japan that my wife gave me for Christmas. These watercolors tend to be bright and intense and a little tricky to work with. You can see all three versions of the painting on my Facebook page.

Last week’s painting giveaway

Thanks to all for making last week’s painting giveaway a great success. All but one of the paintings were claimed within about three hours of when the newsletter first went out. The final painting was gone by Sunday. I am going to organize another giveaway, probably in March.

Best quote of the week:

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed –

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (1902-1967)

Do not forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. Add to these those devastated by the California wildfires — and now floods. These and many other disasters mean that people need our help. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR.org) is my favorite charity. Please make a contribution to yours.

Keep reading and have a great weekend.


Jim Stovall 

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My newsletter is a set of thoughts, notions, links, tidbits, giveaways, quotations, and other items that give readers an idea of what I have been doing, reading, and thinking about in recent days. We talk about journalism, writers, writing, the English language, fiction, mysteries, and podcasts. Sometimes we stray off into other areas, such as watercolor or even sports (but if it ain’t baseball, it ain’t such a big deal). My interests and activities range into a number of areas, and my hope is that readers will follow along.

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Artist Daniel Moore announces latest national championship painting

Artist and friend Daniel Moore was back in the news last week announcing that he had released a detailed pencil sketch of the painting that he plans to do commemorating the University of Alabama’s 2017 national collegiate football championship.

For nearly 40 years now, Moore’s work has been highly popular with Alabama fans and football fans in general.

His popularity continues. All of the editions of this painting have been sold out, even before the painting itself has been completed.

Pencil sketch of Daniel Moore’s latest national championship painting

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. Penn State had a first and goal at the one-yard line, and could not score in four tries. Alabama went on to win the game 7-0 and the national championship that year. It was an iconic moment in the history of Crimson Tide football, and Moore captured it perfectly.

Moore had found the formula to combine his love of football, the University of Alabama, and painting and create a handsome living for himself.

On many occasions over the next 20 years, Moore showed his gratitude to the University by donating paintings to its facilities, most notably to the Bear Bryant Museum, a popular stopping point for tourists coming to Tuscaloosa.

Unfortunately, the University did not reciprocate.

Sometime around the year 2000 — after 20 years of cooperation — the University of Alabama began demanding license fees from Moore for his work that included the University and its football team. In doing so, the masters of the University lost sight of the University’s basic mission — to support a full and free exchange of information and ideas and to encourage creativity — and tried its best to become a corporate entity. It was a state institution, not a corporation, and the folks in charge should have known better.

Moore resisted the demands of the University, and that took more than a little courage.

The University denied him the access that it had once freely granted to him. They revoked or refused to issue sideline passes so he could have an on-field view of the games. You can avail the best watercolor paints for professionals.

The battle, of course, went to court, and a decade of legal action ensued. Fortunately, Moore had the resources to fight the University, arguing in Federal court that he had a First Amendment right to draw and paint what he pleased and then to sell what he produced without having to pay the state — the University — for the right. The Federal judges who heard the case never really understood the arguments and issued a couple of muddled opinions in the rulings. But Moore eventually won.

The victory cost him about $300,000 in legal fees.

But, it was an important First Amendment victory, and all Americans owe Daniel Moore a debt of gratitude.

Consequently, it’s good to see that Daniel Moore is still doing what he does best — and making money at it.

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

Anyone familiar with the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team and tradition will know Daniel Moore. An artist of great expertise and talent, Moore (see full disclosure below) has specialized in photo-realistic depictions of great moments in the Tide football history for nearly 30 years. His paintings hang everywhere from the bedrooms of young Tide fans who dream of playing football for Alabama to the Bryant Museum on the University’s campus in Tuscaloosa. The museum has the same hold on Tide fans that the Vatican has on Catholics, and Moore is a highly popular and well-respected figure in Bama nation.

Painting by Daniel Moore

Moore and the University worked together amicably for years. The athletic department issued sideline passes to Moore so he could get at closer look at the field, take pictures and make sketches. In 1991, after he had executed a number of paintings and prints of UA football, Moore began paying a license fee to the University for his some of his artwork. Moore stopped doing that in 2000 and has been in negotiation with the University ever since.

The situation culminated last month with the University filed suit against Moore claiming he was engaged in trademark violations by using University of Alabama colors, logos and symbols in his artwork. Moore has counter-sued, saying the University is interfering with his business. Moore is also claiming the same status as a journalist in having a First Amendment right to record public moments and then sell those recordings (in this case, his paintings) commercially.

Moore is making that claim based on his reading of the decision of a Federal judge in a case several years ago in which golfer Tiger Woods sued artist Rick Rush for a painting that Rush did of Woods. Woods said Rush’s work constituted trademark and copyright violations because it used Woods image without his permission.

Rush and his attorneys made the argument that what he was doing was no different than what a photojournalist would do in covering a sports event. A photojournalist working for a newspaper would go to a game, take pictures, put those pictures in the newspaper, and then sell those newspapers. Rush said that as an artist, he was doing exactly the same thing. He was watching an event, producing a painting and then selling prints of that painting. Woods’ case against Rush was eventually dismissed, though not solely on First Amendment grounds.

Now Moore is saying his case mirrors the Woods-Rush case. The University, he says, should have no control over what he produces as an artist, just as it has no control over what pictures a newspaper chooses to print.

The University certainly has an interest in protecting its trademarks, but as a strong advocate of the protection and expansion of First Amendment rights, I think trademark protection must be limited. In this case, Moore should be allowed to do what he needs to do as an artist – or a journalist, whichever he chooses to be.

The University will have to find a way to live with that.

Note: I understand that the University has taken a big public relations hit because of this suit. Word from Tuscaloosa is that some at the University are seeking some kind of an exit strategy from all of the bad publicity this has engendered.

Links. Here are some links for those wanting more information about the Moore-University of Alabama dispute:

Tuscaloosa News, Artist, UA face goal-line stand in clash over copyright laws, By Adam Jones, March 23, 2005

University of Alabama’s statement concerning its suit against Daniel Moore, March 23, 2005

Crimson White (Alabama’s student newspaper) UA sues famed sports artist Daniel Moore, Marlin Caddell, March 25, 2005

Daniel Moore’s web site, New Life Art

Full disclosure: I am connected to this situation in several ways.

• David Moore, Daniel Moore’s brother, is a newspaper editor in Alabama, and I have known him for many years.

• A couple of years ago, when Daniel Moore was still talking with the University about this situation, he got in touch with me, and he and I exchanged a couple of cordial emails. I gave him my thoughts about the case, and he has published those (with my permission) on his web site.

• I was involved in the Rick Rush/Tiger Woods case as part of Rush’s legal team. They asked me to evaluate the results of a mall intercept survey that the Woods lawyer wanted to present as evidence. I wrote a report about that evidence and was later deposed on the points I made in the report.

Jim Stovall (Posted April 13, 2005)

The picture above is a Daniel Moore painting, and it is used with his permission.