Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Jean-Francois Laguionie's THE PAINTING

Review by Dennis McDonald

The Painting is simultaneously charming, enchanting, and entertaining. A group of characters in a painting are involved in a class struggle:

  • At the top of the pyramid are the people the painter has finished, the “all-dones.” They live a gracious and courtly life in an elegant castle-like environment.
  • In the middle are characters who are “half-done.” Perhaps a feature is missing here or there but for the most part what is missing is only a final coloring.
  • At the bottom are the put-upon and discriminated-against “sketchies” who have full movement but only exist as groups of indistinct or incomplete outline drawings.

A social conflict arises from a forbidden love affair between an “all done” and a “half done.” At first I thought to myself, “Uh-oh, we’re in for another heavy handed parable about racial or social intolerance.”

What actually ensues is much more entertaining and clever. Some of the characters escape from the painting to search for the painter to “finish the painting”. What follows is a clever, sometimes charming, and very entertaining series of adventures, all involving different painting styles and interesting characters. It’s fun!


Review copyright © 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Dr. McDonald is an independent project management consultant based in Alexandria, Virginia. He has worked throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Egypt, and China. His clients for project planning and project management have included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, AIG, ASHP, and  the National Library of Medicine. In addition to consulting company ownership and management his experience includes database publishing and data transformation, integration of large systems, corporate technology strategy, social media adoption, statistical research, and IT cost analysis. His web site is located at www.ddmcd.com and his email address is ddmcd@yahoo.com. On Twitter he is @ddmcd.

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