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March and a bit

Moving along in my art journey, I challenged myself to create a series using a very limited palette until I ran out of 10 inch squares. I finished the fifth one today – a bit into April, but I’m please with what I did and how I felt as I was doing them. I settled on earthy tones, ochre with some red plus black and white. The fun was not knowing where I was going with each one of them until well towards the end. The problem solving of balancing color, shape light and dark and many other opposites was very pleasurable. These four I think make a nice set.

They are shown here in the order I completed them. By the last one, I noticed I did very little collaging and much more painting.

I did one more (Titled after yet another song from the past, ‘In the Still of the Night’). I think it stands better alone:

Next project – still unknown, but I bought some 12″ squares this time.

Posted in Art, collage, mixed media

February Clearup

I’ve had an assortment of 5 burlap covereed boards and stretched canvases for several years, stacked in a closet and totally verginal. I decided the time had come to make them into something. It seemed to me the 3 burlap boards wanted to be landscapes, something you won’t have seen since I started doing mixed media, and rarely in my photo art decade. But I jumped in. I actually quite like the results, but landscapes are just not my thing, so I think you’ve seen all there will be.

Then with the stretched canvases, I went back to the joyous practice of being messy with paint and glue. Here’s the result. Now it’s back to 10″ square wood panels – at least until I use all those and figure out how to store larger ones…

Posted in Art, collage, mixed media

Abstract and Whimsical heading to North Beach

I’ve fallen in love with squares – These little 10×10″ babies are easy to work on, easy to transport, require no frames and cost less than their larger relatives. So far this month, I’ve made 7, sold one immediately, and just brought 5 (plus one from December) to the Live Worms Gallery for their February Show. The show opens Friday January 1/29 and continues until 2/21. All pandemic protocols in place and adhered to. Here they are:

Posted in Art, collage, mixed media, On Display, Shows

And on to something new…

After 21 panels of ‘doodle designs’, I’ve moved on, for now at least, to more complex, layered and textured designs while still working on wooden squares. Here are two (left one already sold!).

The buyer was kind enough to send me a photo of this piece in situ. I love how the figures on the cabinet doors reflect the figures on the art.

Just got a new shipment of wooden squares so watch this space.

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Artful Gifting 2020

It’s that time of year – small, giftable, shippable, affordable art, even in a time of covid could be a nice thing. After figuring out I could offer free shipping on all my recent ‘squares’, I signed up for a virtual art market run by Artspan which allowed people to visit my ‘booth’ (live video chat with me and my art) but no one showed up!! The organizer did a lot of marketing, as did I, but I guess it didn’t ‘stick’.

So next, I coerced a friendly gallerist to let their walls be populated by a small group of artists for a ‘real’ Holiday Art Market – despite the rising pandemic numbers, San Francisco is still fairly safe, possibly because most of us really do observe Covid protocols. So, we can have 6 people there at a time, including staff. We’re halfway through now, one weeknight and one weekend gone and one of each to go. So far two of my boxed painted bird cards have found new homes and one amazing photograph of artist, Jeff Griffiths has also been sold. Also in the show are street photographer, JB Higgins and Collage artist, Linda Mcgilvray, in addition to Gallery owner Michael Endicott who kindly hung his amazing metal printed photo pieces in the back half of the gallery. Here are a few pictures.

If you read this before the show ends, and you’re in the area, do stop in! Five starving artists need you! Details below:

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The El Rey Theater

My friend Linda who edits the Sundial, the newsletter of the Ingleside neighborhood in San Francisco, asked if she could use my recent photo of the once-upon-a-time movie theater on Ocean Avenue. I was flattered. Here it is.

The El Rey opened on November 14, 1931, with Maurice Chevalier in “The Smiling Lieutenant” and had its last hurrah on Tuesday 29 March 1977 when the International Hookers Film Festival ran a noon to midnight marathon of ‘Irma La Douce,’ ‘Sweet Charity,’ ‘Some Came Running,’ ‘Three Penny Opera’ (1931), and ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1929). The theater doors closed for good on April 1st, 1977. Later that year the building morphed into a Pentecostal Church but eventually was foreclosed upon – turned out God didn’t pay the mortgage.

There’s a nice mural on it now – don’t know its artist(s), but it looks good despite the emptiness inside. I wonder if any of the interior art deco survives.

Posted in photographs, San Francisco

So, I’ve Gone Square-Happy

I’ve now completed 12 10″ squares and 3 11×14″ panels in my Intersections series and started on a new series called Orbitals. It’s just so much fun! Here’s an image of all the ‘Intersections’ (even though some look like mothers & babies; some like flowers or a dancer and some just what they all are – doodles!
Click on this image to download and print the pdf file if you think you might be interested in any of them. They are quite giftable and I’m offering free shipping within the continental US!

Posted in Art, mixed media

In the Galleries for November

Kind of crazy to have work in three different galleries this month, but there it is! As the month opened, I have three pieces in the Reflective Show at the SFWA Gallery, 3 more pieces at the Mission Street Drawing Room Annex’s ‘Future Tense‘ Show and for the first week of the month 3 of my latest ‘Intersection’ squares at the Live Worms Gallery’s Respite Show. Now we’re heading into the end of the year, waiting for election finalities, remembering what it’s like to have cold weather, bracing for months more of Covid living, and producing artwork nonstop. HELP – I’m running out of space!

Here’s what is/was on display in November:

3 “Intersection” Squares in the Respite Exhibition at Live Worms.

Posted in On Display, Shows

Post Open Studio – Time to Catch my Breath

My last post was nearly a month ago. I certainly haven’t been sitting around wondering what to do with myself, but today I’m determined to bring my art recording a bit more up-to-date. The show at Live Worms ended; The Virtual Open Studios is over (though for some indeterminate time into the future, the virtual exhibit hall – and my ‘booth’ are still accessible, sans the live video chat. If you’re curious to see my video and slides from October 4th, go HERE.

Meanwhile, I seem to have made up for lost time creating new artworks. In the past two weeks, I finally got time to get my hands full of glue and paint again and created four new 18×12″ pieces.

Hope you like them!

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Back to Abstracts and prepping for my Art Season (!)

Since my last post I did several abstract pieces, but only one this month – in the beginning of this apocolytic wildfire time, this one got born. I call it Combustion (click to see larger image).

An other exciting event that kept me away from my art supplies was getting invited to participate in the second show at the reopened Live Worms Gallery in North Beach. For those unfamiliar, Live Worms (once upon a time a hardware store with a live worm tank for local fishermen) has been a well-loved gathering space for artsy types for many years. Here’s a glimpse of opening day.  I have 6 of my Mixed Media pieces there and there are 11 more artists showing.  Certainly worth visiting if you’re so inclinded.  Opening hours are Tuesday 3-6 and Wednesday through Sunday 1 – 6.  It’s at 1345 Grant Avenue, and I’ll be there on and off so let me know if you’d like to meet there.

Posted in Art, On Display, Shows