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Current Issue: Volume 26, No. 10 , Week of April 23, 2006

Copy of George Rodrique's Painting to Raise Funds for New Orleans Museum of Art

You Can't Drown the Blues
by George Rodrigue
Painter of the
"Blue Dog"

Everybody knows
That Blue Dogs
Don't play in New Orleans Jazz Bands!
Everybody except George Rodrique
Who made a fortune painting
Blue Dogs
That play in New Orleans Jazz Bands!

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Created: April 22, 2006
Latest Update: April 22, 2006

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Topic of the Week:

Tulips from the Ottoman Empire;
Blue Dogs from New Orleans

Oops! We Seem To Do It All the Time!

jeanne's Istanbul tulip

Tulips from Anatolia,
Of the Ottoman Empire.
Well, of course.
They're mountain flowers.
I knew that.
And isn't Holland below sea level?
Like New Orleans?
Hmm . . . I wonder if Holland
Has a Blue Dog, too.

Blue Dog by George Rodrigue,, consulted April 23, 2006.

The Tale of the Tulip

"A famous legend from Turkish lore tells of a handsome prince named Farhad who was stricken with love for the fair maid, Shirin. One day he heard that she had been killed, and in his grief, mounted his favorite horse and galloped over a cliff to his death. It is said that from each droplet of his bloom, a scarlet tulip sprang up, making the flower an historic symbol of perfect love."

From Wild Tulips and Daffodils by Ray Allen, President, Consulted on April 23, 2006.

Why Is Blue Dog Blue?

Why, what other color would he be?
He's BLUE. Can't you see?

George Rodrique answered this question himself in a delightful book called Why is Blue Dog Blue?

"Rodrigue answers the title question by explaining that Blue Dog's color depends on what the artist is doing: when Rodrigue goes fishing, he paints the dog a salmon color; when Rodrigue wants a hot dog, he paints the dog mustard yellow, and so on. . . . young Blue Dog fans will enjoy seeing their favorite pup dressed in different colors, and Rodrigue's liberating reminder that "Artists don't have to paint things the way they really are . . . "

Taken a little out of context from Gillian Engberg's review on
Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved . Consulted April 23, 2006.

Speaking of Blue Dogs, what about John Baldessari's:

Stonehenge (With Two Persons)
Red Yellow Blue Green Orange?

Thumbnail of Baldessri painting in current eschibition at Six Mixografia Editiions on E.Adams in Los Angeles

Exhibit at Mixografia
1419 East Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90011
May 13 - June 30, 2006 . . . . 323-232-1158

For more on understanding why and how artists engage in the process of trying to change traditional museum-bound painting, go to Dada as Arts Politically and Socially Opposed to Some of the Consequences of Our Culture and Our Preference for the Rational and The Arrogance of its Knowingness. And don't miss Paul Tractman's Dada, The Irreverent, Rowdy Revolution in the May 2006 Smithsonian Magazine Online. Backup.

NEWS, Announcements, and

Current Events Discussion Topics:

  • jeanne's back and feeling pretty close to human again. She'll be in on Wednesday.

Visual Sociology

  • Parrot modelled after a blue-crowned parrot from, The Smithsonian zoo. I'm not proud, and I never really knew a parrot. Of course, this one could hardly be called blue-crowned. jeanne I'm a polka-dotted parrot. Who are you?

    "Merhaba, Merhaba Merhaba"
    "Hello, Hello, Hello"
    Now, how do you say "Polly want a cracker"?

  • From Museum of Modern Art,, consulted April 24, 2006.

    Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance. (1916-17)

Lectures, Notes, and Texts

  • Topics

  • Discussion Questions

  • Lecture Notes Lecture notes on the substantive concepts discussed. These are not a "substitute" for actual lectures in class or workshops, but I have tried to cover the main concepts so that absence from class will not critically deprive you of the substance of our discussions. The discussion questions are for your own understanding of how well you have grasped the concepts. You may pose any of the questions on transform_dom, where we'll all be glad to discuss these issues. If you are confused, please make sure you clarify the concepts with jeanne when she is available in the office and in class.

Academic Resources

  • SquiggleResource Literacy

    • Urban Legends Reference Pages. They post rumors and scams and phony e-mails circulating, to offer you a quick check. It worked for me. I entered "Fat Boy" as a google seacrch, and when I saw the link, I knew it would help, and it did. To not check your sources is as grievous as to plagiarize someone else's information and writing. A Page from Urban Legends As an Example.

    • Good quick reference site with many of the artists, art schools, and visual approaches to present social issue that we discuss. Added April 8, 2005.

    • Plagiarism Watch site. The intelligent and effective use of resources means that you have to be careful not to plagiarize other people's material. We have several files on plagiarism, but I think the one that might make the most sense to you is this complaint on They give you samples of sites that have taken their material without citation, even at colleges, and they also give you examples of sites that have used their material with proper attribution. I find the irony poetic, and hope that their message will get through to you the importance of attribution. Dr. O'Connor on his Mega Criminal Justice site led me to and noted that others frequently hack into the site. For that reason I have created a backup copy for your use in case you cannot access the actual site. Please be sure to attribute any citation to jeanne Backup. Quackwatch, a website maintained by Stephen Barrett, M.D.

      "Quackwatch, Inc. . . . is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. . . . "

    and Careers

    • Resumes:

    • Letters of Recommendation:

      • Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
      • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

    • Career Options You Might Not Have Considered

      • visual media and their interdependence with other means of knowing to understand that we are not totally rational creatures deciding things apart from our feelings and values. Wolfowitz (new President of the World Bank to aid developing countries AND principle advocate of the Iraq War) might feel very differently when he is exposed to visual and aural images of the poor developing countries that have not before been his primary concern. So we want to know how best to present those developing countries visually. And we might find that we can have a career doing that sort of thing, so it does reflect on us as individuals. Added April 2, 2005.

    That Was Fun! Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs

    Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've ever come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs, oh, and Faupel's Flying Fish.:

    • Icons and acronyms and what they mean in Internet Speak

    • Index of Nice Things We've Said to Each Other

      • I Was Scared of Statistics

      • It Feels Good to Make a Difference

      • The Site Goes On - You're Always Welcome Back
        • From Angelique Hawley on December 16, 2005: Message No. 9072 on transform_dom.
          Merry Christmas! Jeannne and Pat and all the marvelous students at CSUDH that has shared in "Naked Space"

          I wish I had a lot of money so that I could reward all of you properly. Transform_domDigest is so wonderful.

          I can recall when being one of the first users in 2004 and I see we are at digest 594. my how time flies when we are learning and having fun.

          Jeanne you and Pat are the bomb!

          I continue to read the digest although I am not taking any of your classes now. The digests have been more informative than the school paper. Please continue to keep it going.

          Get rest ! I hope to see you .

    • Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in this or any other class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.