//Ad libs: Learning to love the blog

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Learning to love the blog

One of my favorite quotes about the journalism biz comes from Jerry Seinfeld: "It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

If only that were true. We editors are often reluctant scythe-wielders, forced to cut perfectly good stories that just won't fit in the paper. There's a reason to learn to love the blog: we can use it to add in things from time to time that didn't make the print edition.

Case in point: I ran a blurb in this week's paper about Palo Alto artist Anthony Montanino and his exhibit of paintings at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, but I didn't have room for the pictures. Pity, because his urban and suburban landscapes have an intriguing style to them: sometimes jazzy, sometimes eerie. (Word has it Madonna owns one of his paintings.) So I've included two images here.

Montanino's exhibit runs through April 24; here are the details.

Pictured: Top: "Donut World II," a 2005 oil on paper. Above: "Allied Arts IV," a 2005 oil on canvas. Both are by Anthony Montanino.