Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tile-Inspired ATCs

I love mosaics and ceramic tile.   San Francisco has plenty of wonderful examples of tiled public art (including right around the block from my home).  That said, I needed to come down to Mexico to be inspired for a new series of ATCs painted on playing cards.  I suppose it took escape-vacation mode to make these happen.  More soon….

Saturday, November 10, 2018

24th Annual Pink Week.

The Pink Week microART Invitational opens tonight at the Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento.  The show remains up until November 30th.  Of course I have a micro piece in the show.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Scrappy Scrapbook

For about two years I have been working on the same scrapbook. I’ve reached the point where the book is full.  In other words, it is becoming difficult to close the book.
It all started at one of San Francisco’s library book sales where they sell donated and discarded books for $1.  I already owned a guide to London’s National Gallery from a visit I had made. I really had no practical use for a much older version, circa 1960.  Or did I?
My original thought was to cut the images out of the old book for collages.  Instead I started filling the book up.  It began with left over paint on my palette and scraps from other projects.  Collage bits, old postage stamps, maps, chocolate wrappers and other ephemera kept getting added.  The folks at the San Francisco Correspondence Coop contributed many of the artists stamps and some of the rubber stamps.  And finally, some of the random scraps I have received in the mail.  Some of the results are shown here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Critters, Crawlies and more in my Mailbox

Some of the recent mail art received in my P.O. Box including a nice handmade booklet, some ATCs, artist stamps, and a bit of Halloween fun that includes FrankenBeuys — a tribute to Joseph Beuys.  Here are the artists show here:
  1. Anna Hollings (New Zealand)
  2. Fleur Helsingor(California)
  3. Keith Chambers (California)
  4. Lubomyr Tymkiv (Ukraine)
  5. Sally Wassink(California)
  6. Jennifer Utter (California)
  7. Sergey Nenashev (Russia)
  8. Gregg Biggs (California)
  9. Pamela Gerard(California)
  10. Dori Singh (California)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Remembering Santiago Maldonado

Just received a set of artist stamps from Samuel Montalvettiin Argentina  The stamps commemorate the disappearance and murder of the young activist Santiago Maldonado who was demonstrating for indigenous rights in Patagonia.  You can read more of the story on Amnesty International’ssite as well as a BBC article.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Bay Area Fall Colors

Yesterday painting (9″x12″, acrylic on paper).  Inspired by a little fall color this week after a drive up to the top of Mount Diablo with an afternoon hike around the peak.  80°, golden hills and a bit hazy — waiting for the winter rains.  I love the Bay Area, but October is the one month I still miss New York State and New England —just a little bit.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ghosty ATCs

Tis the season for some spooky ATCs....