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You Are Incredibly Talented, Mr. Musgrove

You are incredibly talented, Mr. Musgrove.

Here’s his latest:

Scutaro in the Rain “Scutaro in the Rain” by John Musgrove

Another eye-catching creation by John Musgrove. The skills and imagination needed to bring something like this to life are awe inspiring.

What is good art?

The question brings to mind something an old boxing judge once told me while sitting ringside. “If you want to know how to score a fight, throw the 10-point must system out the window and bring in a 10-year-old. Through a kid’s eyes you will learn who won.”

Art is subjective enough to those who know a lot about art, so for those who don’t, it’s really a crap shoot. I can’t tell you the different between a Renoir and a Monet (though I like both). But, like that 10-year-old, I can look at a painting and tell you whether I think it is a wonderful creation. John’s work brings me that feeling.

Of all the things I enjoy from being on Facebook, I think I most like seeing his posts when he displays a new painting. I love the scenes and portraits he commits to through his artist’s eyes. Take “Scutaro in the Rain.” How in the heck did he come up with that?

John attended Tampa’s Plant High, which is where I originally knew him from, though not well. He and his brother, Doug, are older than me, so I would watch them from afar. They were different, in a cool way. Both ran track back before the Nike boom–because they wanted to, not because of fashion. Both were intelligent and free thinking. And best of all, both were full of life and fun.

Getting to know the brothers confirmed my initial impressions.

Doug would have a huge influence in my life by helping me find my way into writing. He now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Harriet, one of my favorite high school classmates.

John graduated from the University of Florida and took the plunge, moving immediately to San Francisco. He saw what he wanted to do, went for it, and got it done.

In addition to John’s baseball images, I’m partial to his “Swimming Pool Moments” series and his San Francisco cityscapes. The City by the Bay remains one of my favorites. The place is unique like the Musgrove brothers.

Ironically, had I not covered baseball for a living, I don’t know if I would have ever visited San Francisco. And had I not met Doug, I don’t know if I ever would have become a writer and covered baseball.

How’s that for a narrative arc?

Do yourself a favor, check out John Musgrove’s art.

In addition to loving and immediately moved to San Francisco. After working as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years, he has returned to painting in the last few years, focusing on San Francisco cityscapes and baseball images.

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