25
Sep

Why I Hate Varnishing Paintings

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in art, painting

I 've always dreaded the varnishing operation. You painstakingly coax every individual millimeter of a work to get them all to sing together in concert and it's finally finished. Then, you risk the whole darn thing by adding a layer that you can't see over it all.

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Every so often, I receive queries in my mailbox asking about various topics. Today, I was asked an astronomy question that intrigued me:

"Under enormous magnification, such as the HUBBLE - WHY ON EARTH don't individual stars, when focused on, look absolutely ENORMOUS. I mean - focus on a GALAXY, and you see an object otherwise 'apparently' tiny, blown up to be quite visible in detail
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11
Sep

Space Art: The Vehicle, The Connection

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in art, painting, space

"Throughout all of human exploration, Art, in one form or another, has always been our first vehicle." - B.E.Johnson, 1970

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Casting glass seems a daunting process when you first consider learning it. It takes special equipment and a budget. It also takes patience and perseverance to succeed. A bit of courage doesn't hurt either but wonderful things are possible.

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Part I in the Making Of series. The building of the cherry wood octagon cabinet. Wood turning, lamination, cabinetry.

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It's always good when a project is finished; even better when it's a success, better yet when it's never been done before and the top when someone almost inevitably says: "You can't do that!"

The bonus prize is doing it under severe adversity and not caving. Kinda like beating yourself in the head with a ball peen hammer, 'cuz it feels so good when you

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20
May

Always Wanted a 3-Finned, Pointy-Nosed Rocket?

   Posted by: BJ Johnson in blown glass

Space travel the way it was meant to be—rivets, valves, gears, pipes, portholes, swoopy fins and all! ..but in blown glass.

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