Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The start of a new series?

Outdoor Adventure, mixed media piece, 18”x14” on board

My newest mixed media piece that started with some ideas I started playing with at the end of 2016. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

The National Park in the Backyard


Even when I travel all over the Western United States it is easy to forget that I can find myself in a national park by taking a walk for all of 45 minutes.  Living closer to Golden Gate Park, I often “forget” about the Presidio — our national park right in San Francisco.

I have been meaning to check out Andy Goldworthy’s Spire for, I realized, nearly 10 years.  It is one of four installations he has created for the Presidio (details here). We started at Wood Line and then hiked up to Spire.  By the time we got down the hill, the building that house Tree Fall was closed, but we saw the latest installation Earth Wall in the courtyard of the Presidio Officers’ Club.   I had, mistakenly, assumed the Presidio Officers’ Club was essentially used as event space.  Yes, it is an event space, but it also home to a fantastic and free history museum.  What a discovery!  Before taking MUNI back home we had a peak at the brand new and fabulous Visitor Center.  I do love big government when we spend money on our national parks.




Friday, March 10, 2017

The Mail Art Marches On

It has been a rainy winter of sending and receiving mail art.  Some of the recent arrivals include:
  1. A new collage piece from Brooke Cooks that came in an envelope covered in vintage postage stamps that remind us what a proper president looks like.
  2. An altered Spanish postcard from Pamela Gerard.
  3. A new piece from Torma Cauli that is a kind of mix between collage and papier-mâché.  I think this is one of my favorite pieces I have ever received from Torma. 
  4. Barbara Stasiowski (aka BarCode Barb) has been producing some swell pink pussy hat zines/booklets.
  5. Sandra Lefever sent a lovely, new year’s-themed-piece from “Scarysota” Florida.
  6. Artist stamps arrived from the Crackerjack Kid.
  7. Marina Salmaso was visiting Spain and still finding time to send mail art.
  8. A wintery piece from Carolyn Oord (aka Kerosone) in Quebec — where right now it is 21° (-6° C).  And we complain about “cold” San Francisco.
  9. And finally, Anna Hollings sent one of her paintings printed on a greeting card as well as two altered postcards form New Zealand.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Take a Hike! — National Park ATCs



There is a great deal of expectation for artists to respond to the lunatic and his cronies that have occupied our White House.  As an artist I feel compelled to respond and yet I am torn.  I rather not let such negative energy into my art space. I want to make pleasant art and let my head escape to the national parks I love.  It is remarkable that something as innocuous as National Park-themed ATC’s could be perceived as something political. But these are remarkable times when our federal lands, lands protected for future generations, are under siege.   Even the voices of park rangers are being censored. Today’s outgoing mail art includes artist trading cards with the “radical” notion that the land administered by the National Park Service is to be loved and protected.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Revealed Landscapes


One of my projects this winter includes a new, 20-page sketchbook that includes paintings of nine places that are part of the National Park Service.  Like many painters, I often notice smaller paintings within a larger work.  Sometimes I even trim a painting on paper to “save” the part that works and discard the bits I am not pleased with.  With this sketchbook, each 10”x10” paintings is preceded by a page where a 4”x4” square has been cut out.  The square frames a “smaller” and often abstract painting.  Only when the page is turned, is the larger painting revealed.