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Spring is in the Air...my Porch is Bare!

Original post made by Claudette McDermott on Mar 26, 2009

Today was just too hard to resist getting out in the garden and ripping out the dead plants and planting some bright color spots in my front yard. I made a trip to Home Depot and picked out some colorful annuals for pots along the bottom of the front window. I even decided to do a little painting below the window before planting to freshen up things. It was getting hot out there so as I dashed back into the house to grab a glass of water via the front porch and I noticed the Bare Spot where I had a large canvas painting hanging above a few chairs! Ugh! I didn't think I had to worry about theft here in my neighborhood but I guess I was wrong. Nothing else was missing, the iron art objects in the yard along the side of the house was still there, just a couple of feet away 10 color spot plants were still there there waiting to be planted, other garden art items still there..... Perhaps I should feel honored that someone would risk getting caught plucking the oil canvas painting measuring 30x40 called "Through the Keyhole" in a brightly lit porch. Just didn't think I would have a theft problem here in such a nice neighborhood.... Reflecting back on why I did put the painting out there, my reason, I wanted to give the porch a welcoming artistic look. I enjoy sitting in the front porch area and believe it was the right thing to do. There are pranksters out there but normally harmless. Perhaps they needed art but wasn't able to afford it.... But if for some reason it should be returned to me on my porch some evening with the cloak of darkness, I wouldn't mind. If not, Enjoy the work as I do love to share the Gift of Art. I've posted the picture of the painting on this site. It's oil on canvas with metallic embossing, mixed media. A Surrealistic impression of a woman with flowing hair glancing through a keyhole :) to the outside, the future.

Comments (16)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Oh well, I have a feeling it will be sold to the Met in New York and then you'll be famous!

Are you sure it was stolen and you didn't hide it in your garage?

Some people are always the victim...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I forgot to say....mahalo!


Posted by resident, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

We have a drunken punk who slashes car tires while mommy and daddy fail to provide any supervision and you are surprised that some other useless punk steals a painting from your porch? This town is raising some of the worst lowlifes in the area because the parents are too busy getting botoxed, manicured and playing golf. There are documented police cases of parents in Ruby Hill not only providing alcohol for their kids and other high schoolers -- but these morons charged an entry fee to the party! Wake up Pleasanton! Irresponsible parents create irresponsible kids and the rest of us pay the price. The parents of the painting thief probably saw the painting, what have they done about it? About as much as the parents of the tire slasher. Nothing. They just continue to enable the bad behavior. The tire slasher will just get mommy and daddy to pay for damages and go right back to drinking and failing to manage his anger. And somehow this can all be fixed with a parcel tax to give the slasher a "better environment" in which to act out. Parents -- discipline is YOUR job, quit making it OUR job to fix your parenting mistakes.


Posted by Judy, a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm


Resident -

I don't remember her saying that anyone saw a teenager take the painting.

Have you taken your pill today?


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Do any of you remember back when the Pleasanton Hotel Restaurant had it's closing party? A few paintings were stolen off the walls during the event.... That was probably done by an adult, but then again who knows. Theft knows no age limit. Fortunately I've only been a victim one other time and considering other crimes, this was nothing, but I thought I should say something as we all need to be careful. Now that the weather is getting brighter and soon the hotter weather will be coming we need to realize that our home can be a magnet for crime. Lock first floor windows when going to bed or when leaving your home. Be sure your porch and yard lights are functioning. Bushes cut down near windows and doorways so no one can hide and surprise you when you enter or exit your home... Any other tips?


Posted by Pam, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm


Oh let's see, how about keeping your private information off of public web posts as not to draw pranksters in to the neighborhood..


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

Your painting sounds lovely and I hope it finds its way back to you!


Posted by Doo Doo, a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

Claudette I have to admit now, that I like having you "around" the Pleasanton weekly. When I see one of your silly posts, I know that a flood of insults are heading towards you. Hilarious!
Although, I was alittle vengeful when you were rude to me on your first post, I have forgiven you. I will let you know I have had nothing to do with the overwhelming negative response towards you. I have never posted under a different name. I have watched your threads without posting. So, I wanted to assure you that everyone that responds to you is sharing their TRUE feeling towards you and your trivial topics.
I admire your persistence. There are a few qualities of yours we could learn from. You have taught me that if you want to "reflect"...just start a column on the Weekly and the community will "reflect" back how you are truely seen (around town.)


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I had a painting stolen once. It leaves a weird feeling in your heart. I could only think that someone must have thought it was a cool enough painting to take. I repainted it, but the copy never turns out the same without visual access to the original.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:36 am

Stacey is a registered user.

This also reminds me of the time that house with all the sculptural artwork on their front yard over in the Muirwood neighborhood got their artwork stolen. They had these beautiful mosaic globes in their landscaping and one day all that stuff was just gone.


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

Thanks Stacy, Pleasanton Resident, Pam, and Judy for keeping your responses real, respectful and truthful.

I'm not a reporter and "Hard News" is not my job or my intension. If you feel you have something you would like to share with your community you are welcome to put it out there in Town Square Forum, for everyone to have the option to comment on in a respectful and truthful way. I warn you that you need to have tough skin, but heartfelt comments are the rewards.

There have been attacks on myself and other article writers as well as those who risk commenting on articles, which just shows us the mentality and lack of control that some viewers have. I know people that's don't even read articles when comments are allowed because of the disrespect that goes on online.

These are hard times now and it is affecting all of us in different ways. Those that need to vent will come online and vent with out repercussions. It's not appreciated but that is not their concern. All one can do is try to take a deep breath, feel sorry for them, and move on, for those that pray, pray for them. If we feel commenting back to those that are venting disrespectfully, will help, I feel we are kidding ourselves, tempting as it is.

I believe in Free Press, Free Speech and the ability to turn the channel or not view something I am not interested in. This is America after all, let's show our stars and stripes and try to be the bigger person who we were all intended to be. Let's show our good will.
I am sure this will get some interesting replies :) Remember to keep it respectful.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

The FBI has an Art Theft program. Call and report if your art has been stolen.


Posted by Looking for artists, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Claudette, I am working on a fund raiser called "Paint the Town". I am wondering if you would be interested in helping me find artists of all levels to participate in a day long community event that would work as follows.
Artists of all levels will go out into the tri valley area and paint a scene of the area and bring it back to the museum to be auctioned off at a silent and live auction.
I would be happy to discuss the details with you if you are interested in helping me with this event. i can be reached at (510)853-0831.
Looking forward to hearing from you.


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

Claudette McDermott is a registered user.

Hi there, Yes I am in touch with many artists that get involved in many fund raisers and also work at the "Plein Air" level as their passion. This sounds like a fun event and I can bring it up at Friday morning Art, Critique and Coffee meeting this week. I will be calling you later today.
Thanks for keeping me in mind, and please feel free to contact me for other "Artist" events.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

A few Plutonians made large contributions to Yes on 8. Have you called upon those donors?

It seems to me that artists are always being called upon to hand over free art. Get wise artists, demand a portion of the money or no deal!


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Claudette McDermott is a registered user.

Wow Cholo I thought you were against Art and Artists..... Yes Artists are called upon many times to contribute their talents to a variety of local events, and some are asked to donate at 100% . Those events, are less likely to draw top Artists. Then there are other events that Artists can get a portion of the sale or offer a portion of the sale as a donation. When it involves the Artists own community, and is interactive, it becomes more inviting and tempting to the Artists involved, such as myself. Rewards come in many forms, not just monetarily.


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