Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 15

Today was about art maintenance, cleaning up, applying acrylic varnish.  Not worthy of a photo.  During my half hour perambulation around the Lower Haight and Duboce Triangle, I managed to maintain social distance and also snapped this photo on Page Street.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 14

The other day I was slicing up some cabbage and was inspired.  Just a little 4”x4” painting and a bit of an homage to Edward Weston.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art or Visit a Museum

Yes, you can visit a museum, virtually that is.  Have a “walk” around the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.  Fun fact — The Legion of Honor is built on top of the cemetery (some of the graves were moved first) and you can assume it is full of ghosts.  They might be enjoying the peace and quiet right now….

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 12

paint with acrylics, which once you put your paint on the palette it is pretty much use it or lose it.  I even use a plastic tray with a tight-fitting lid to slow the paint drying out, but the best I get is usually about 24 hours.  With oil paints you can always loosen up drying paint, but it also would mean my apartment would smell like oil paint all time.  So, I use acrylics.
Last year I started an artist book where the leftover paint is used to cover most of the text on the each and every page.  I am only up to page 30, so this project will take a while.  Here is a preview — today I had some leftover green…

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 11

It’s a dry and breezy day — good timing as the first coat of acrylic varnish has just been applied.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 10 (and get some groceries)

More gluing today but also a trip to the grocery store.  We are allowed to go grocery shopping in San Francisco.  I have changed my habits and now only shop once per week.  Both to limit my chances for exposure but also to keep the crowds down so more people can shop safely.  
Like many grocery stores, the workers at Trader Joe’s are doing a great job.  A line with every customer at least 6 feet apart snakes through the parking lot and up the sidewalk.  At the door customers are given a freshly cleaned cart or basket.   When I arrived, I counted about 50 people in front of me.  Within a half an hour I was inside.  The store did not feel crowded and I was back outside with a heavy shopping bag and full backpack in less than 15 minutes.  The store was well stocked.  If this is the “inconvenience” we have to go through to keep us all safe and flatten the curve, I am all for it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 8

Today’s forecast is occasional spring showers and a good dash of color.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 6

Got some more work done on this art project this afternoon.  

Even though we are being asked to shelter in place and stay home as much as possible, we still are allowed to go out for some fresh air and walk.  The important thing is to keep that social distance of 6 feet or more (2m).  This morning I strolled around my neighborhood.  It was quiet and virtually everyone is being really cautious and maintaining that social distance.  This has been my experience that past week — people seem to be getting better and better at this new normal.  Although, there is one exception.  Every time I see a pedestrian failing the social distance test, they all have the same thing in common – they are distracted and talking on their phone.  We all need to get used to a new way of doing things, and if you cannot focus on walking safely, please wait to take the call until you’re back home.  

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 5

Making art today was all about cutting and using hole punches.   Tomorrow will be about gluing.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Stay Home, Make Art – Day 4

Staying home and making art — It may look like I am channeling Rothko.  But for this project I need some more yellow and orange painted paper to cut up for the Post-Folk Art collages.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Leaping Mail

Getting caught up on this winter’s mail, there were still a few more cards celebrating the Year of the Rat, more rubber stamping and with an extra-long month, some Leap Day mail as well. The mail shown here includes:

  1. Robin Sparrow — New Zealand 
  2. Dori Singh – California 
  3. Eberhard Janke - Germany
  4. Jennie Hinchcliff – California 
  5. Jennifer Utter – California 
  6. Carolos Botana – Spain
  7. Disco Flux – Colorado 
  8. Sarah Wildfang – California 
  9. e. coles – England
  10. William Mellott – Taiwan 
  11. Marina Salmaso – Denmark
  12. Sally Wassink – California 
  13. Serse Luigetti – Italy
  14. Mindaugas Žuromskas – Lithuania