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Messy Epiphany

Messy Epiphany

I was showing my granddaughter, who is an avid and prolific young artist of 5 years old, one of my more abstract expressionist landscape paintings, and she said "messy painting". I laughed and said, "yeah!" and we went on to other things. But later I realized that the whole world sees expressionism this way. As messy, and that painting that is "tight" is important to many people, perhaps because it shows evidence of proficiency. This explains the perennial desire for realism, and indeed the populace's fascination with photo-realism. But messy has its place. For one thing, the look is a...

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The Sierra Club: Climate Action Now

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Make your home more like home

Make your home more like home

Now that we spend more time than ever in our personal spaces, we begin to know "home" as more than simply a place to lay our head at night, to absentmindedly munch on potato chips, or Netflix and chill.For some of us, the change has been overwhelming. But take heart, the way to make your space as special as you are, is to find those specific objects that add a bit of personality, joy, mystery, or mysticism to your rooms. For those of you interested in creating a beautiful and inviting environment, here are some ideas to make the at-home...

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How I make wood panels

How I make wood panels

The wooden panels I use are constructed of 1.5 x 1 inch lengths of pine, with glued lauan plywood (durable, frequently used for flooring, siding or furniture) as the painting surface. The nailholes filled, and sides are spackled and sanded. The mitered corners are screwed together with one-inch waterproof screws, filled and sanded again. Larger panels have reinforced cradles. Finished panels are coated with a coat of gesso, allowed to dry, and a total of three coats are applied before starting the painting. The above are stacked to dry, just about ready for a new show of 16 paintings.

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Virginia becomes the first Southern state with a goal of carbon-free energy

Virginia becomes the first Southern state with a goal of carbon-free energy

Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on April 8. (Steve Helber/AP) RICHMOND — The coronavirus is scrambling Virginia's budget and economy, but it didn't prevent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) from signing legislation that makes it the first Southern state with a goal of going carbon-free by 2045.Over the weekend, Northam authorized the omnibus Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates that the state’s biggest utility, Dominion Energy, switch to renewable energy by 2045. Appalachian Power, which serves far southwest Virginia, must go carbon-free by 2050.Almost all the state’s coal plants will have...

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