Friday, August 26, 2016

Rising Water

Embarcadero High Tide
mixed media photo collage on board, 14”x11”
When tourists visit San Francisco’s Ferry Building and wander around the Financial District, do they know that part of the City was once underwater?  Amidst the towers was once a busy harbor.  During the Gold Rush, crews that ran off to the Sierra Nevada abandoned their ships.  Those ships sank into the mudflats as wharves and docks grew around them.  Eventually the harbor was filled in and the coastline expanded out into the bay.  Imagine Justin Herman Plaza was once a tidal flat filling with seawater twice a day.  While Time Travel Photos are about both the past and the present, this one might also be about the future as sea levels rise. 
The new series of Time Travel Photos will be presented in a new show at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery.  The show runs from October 11 to November 27, 2016.  Mark your calendar for the opening reception on the evening of Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Landmarks as Locals See Them

Pacific Heights Hilltop
mixed media photo collage on board, 14”x11”
Imagery of San Francisco is ubiquitous almost everywhere on the planet.  It reaches around the world in TV, movies and advertising.  Of course San Francisco is a tourist magnet and one of the most photographed cities in the world.  The camera fell in love with our City almost as soon as it was invented.  Even in the 19th Century, San Francisco was photographed more than most cities. 

I live two blocks from Alamo Square and its iconic row of Victorian houses.  It might seem like an obvious choice for my series of Time Travel Photos.  I enjoy hanging out in the park, but I have not chosen it as a location for this series.  Locals anywhere will see their home differently than tourists — San Francisco is no exception.  For a Pacific Heights piece I choose one of the 1920s apartment buildings that appear on hilltops and prominent corners all over San Francisco.  When I see these buidlings, I think home, I think San Francisco. 

The new series of Time Travel Photos will be presented in a new show at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery.  The show runs from October 11 to November 27, 2016.  Mark your calendar for the opening reception on the evening of Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm.

Friday, August 19, 2016

August Mail



Most of the artists I correspondence with have been sending me pink mail art, but other good stuff has been arriving as well, including:
  1. A vegemite print from Anthony Campbell in Australia.
  2. Fleur Helsingor has turned one of her photos of an artsy Oakland trashcan into a postcard.
  3. Marina Salmaso sent a very happy pit bull piece of mail art.
  4. A new card from R.F. Côté – I always love both sides of his work.
  5. A John Wayne card from Joshua A. Dellinger.
  6. Cuan Miles sent two postcards as well as some ATCs in a mailing form South Africa.
  7. Jeniffer Utter wonders how much she can get for $4.00 (in San Francisco you can barely get a cup of coffee).
  8. Ryosuke Cohen sent a big print made out of other mail artists’ stamps.
Thank you for the mail art, and if you have not responded to the Call for Pink Mail Art yet, the deadline is October 15, 2016 (link here).

Monday, August 15, 2016

Point Reyes Inspiration


Along the Muddy Hollow Trail, acrylic on paper, 12”x7”
I have been visiting Point Reyes for years and returning home to paint it again and again.  2016 is no exception.   These are some of this year’s work inspired by one of my favorite escapes.

Schooner Creek, acrylic on paper, 12”x9”

White Road, acrylic on paper, 12”x9”

Pierce Point Ranch Fence, acrylic on paper, 9″x12″