A Ripped Oil Painting, Salt Lake City; Pets and Art, Antiques and Collectibles Do Not Mix

It’s one thing to teach your kids not to play rough around your favorite painting hanging in your house, but it would probably be a lot harder to teach your pets the same thing. Even the most well-behaved dog doesn’t know the value of a painting, and accidents can happen.

Just look at this painting below. As a man and a woman were redoing the inside of their home, they took down their painting and set it on the ground for a second. In that second that the painting was lying on the ground, their dog walked by, and not knowing what it was, stepped on the painting, creating this huge tear!

This rip can be made to disappear.

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Iconic Mural Painted Out Instead Of Removing Graffiti On 110 Freeway in South Bay, Los Angeles

By Scott M. Haskins

Veteran journalist Nick Green called me on the phone asking intelligent questions about the legalities of painting our murals and what rights artists have. We also discussed the options of future mural restoration, protection of public art, cleaning off graffiti and restoring these murals that should be valued public art that give character to a city that we could be proud of but instead we have graffiti and vandalism that give character to our environment.

Mr. Green is the beat reporter for the cities of Torrance, Carson and Lomita and also covers the South Bay for the Daily Breeze. He has worked for newspapers on the West Coast since graduating in 1987 from the University of Washington and lives in Old Torrance with his wife and two cats. He did a good job asking questions thoughtfully about a mural on the backside of a roofing company that faces the 110 Freeway and was painted over in Carson on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Photos by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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Historic Mural Reinstallation at Texas State University

This video is about the installation process of the Buck Winn murals entitled “The History of Ranching in Texas” at the Alkek Library at Texas State University.

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories was contracted to resurrect the murals from the dead, preserve them for future generations, undertake quality restoration treatments on them to represent well their original fame and authorship by perhaps Texas’ most famous artist of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, Buck Winn and to represent the commitment to preserving the heritage and legacy of Texas by the Wittliff Collection, The Alkek Library and Texas State University.

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Caw Caw Blues

This story about country music legend Guy Clark seemed too weird to pass up telling you about…This macabre bronze statue of a crow (raven?) doesn’t have anything to do with the really interesting (and magnificent, actually) saving efforts of the important historical cowboy mural by Texas State University’s The Wittliff Collection and its installation into the Alkek Library (which we are presently undertaking). But for all you country music fans this is a “must read.”

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Save Your Pet From A Disaster Book Author Interview with Scott M. Haskins by Host Elizabeth Stewart

The publishing of our book, How To Save Your Pet From A Disaster is recommended by a NY Times Top 10 Selling Author Raymond Aaron (Who has written 2 Chicken Soup for the Soul books) who submitted our manuscript for recognition and we will receive an international book-award in Toronto Canada this September 2020!

Feathered friends and fur babies guide book for essential emergency preparedness   tips. House pets are treasured members of our families and if you take care of them, they may become your therapy pet in time of need. They deserve to be protected against distressing emergencies, so be a good parent and be prepared for them too. It’s easy if you do it little at a time. You already have some of the stuff you need.

Here’s the “rub”… they can’t take care of themselves and they depend on you. Besides, in a stressful situation, what will your pet give back to you in exchange for your care and protection? Think of the comfort, love and companionship! In an emergency situation a loved pet turns into your personal therapy animal!

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Amadeo Modigliani and a couple of very entertaining adventures in my career

Amedeo Modigliani is probably the most famous Italian artist of the 20th century and he was born today July 12th, 1884 in Livorno, close to Pisa. We’ve had a few “run in’s” in my art conservation career related to his work which have added to the intrigue of our art conservation detective work over the decades…

While growing up in Livorno, he developed a passion for painting from Gugliemo Micheli while still very young and was nurtured by his first teacher, maestro Giovanni Fattori, also from Livorno and one of the leaders of the internationally acclaimed plein-aire impressionists group known as the Macchiaioli.

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“That’s Texas for you!” Is it the type of job… or is it me?!

I had something happen to me and I’m not sure what to think about it… whether it’s odd or funny or…?

As you can see from previous posts, we are working on the side of a freeway in Grand Prairie (Dallas), Texas to save, preserve and restore perhaps the longest mural in the America. Actually, the mural is located along the on ramps and off ramps and in the underpass of Belt Line Rd at the I-30.

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Mural Restoration Experts From FACL Conserve Longest Mural in USA, Located in Grand Prairie, Dallas, Texas

One of the biggest works of art in the USA is right here in Grand Prairie, in plain view. In fact, you may have driven past it and not really known much about this iconic public work of art in the Dallas Area that is now getting some love after 17 years of severe exposure to the elements and car exhaust. (see video at end of this article)

The environmental-prairie-themed mural is located along the Interstate 30 on the walls of the underpass of Belt Line Rd. that was painted in 2003-2004 by local artist Tommy Weddle to commemorate the Breeder’s Cup Thoroughbred Horse Race at Lone Star Park in 2003.

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WPA Murals On US Postage Stamps A Weird Idea

As you read this, our team is working to preserve and restore an “environmental mural” painted on the side of a freeway that is 1/2 mile long!!! (not the freeway, the mural!) in Grand Prairie, Texas (Dallas – more on this next week).

Which got me thinking how weird- stupid it is to take a picture of a mural… which is a giant painting… and shrink it down to an US postage stamp! Artwork created to be huge, shrunk down to postage stamp size! But then I was thinking…

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Protecting The Kobe Bryant Memorial Mural 2020 With An Anti-Graffiti Coating

I was in downtown Los Angeles this morning for the memorial of Kobe Bryant and to inaugurate the completion of a memorial mural of Kobe by renowned artist Paul Daniels​. A couple of weeks ago the artist brought us on to his team to consult about techniques and materials for outdoor murals and how to protect it from vandalism. Here’s a short video about this mural:

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