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Archive for January 2010

A Murder of Crows

January 25, 2010

This is the most recent painting, finished just last month. The title comes from the old expression of a group of animals, “a gaggle of geese”, “a school of fish”, etc. A group of crows is the deliciously sinister “murder of crows”. The exact metaphor I’m using here I won’t spell out for you readers, […]

The River After the Storm, Jan. 21, 2010

January 22, 2010

The rain has abated, mostly. The river has receded as well. More rain is supposed to come next week.You never know what the river’s gonna do… Before the area was redeveloped, vagrants and junkies used to camp out by the river. Looks like an old sleeping bag. Debris deposited near the river mouth.

“Down by the River…” Part Two

January 21, 2010

Another day of storms brings another day of river rise. The San Lorenzo River is hovering at about 20 feet today. Just a few miles upstream, in Felton Grove, residents are evacuating. The river has overflowed its banks and is flooding the community. Less than a year ago, I lived there. Here at the […]

The Swollen San Lorenzo River

January 19, 2010

This one’s definitely not about art. Right behind my apartment, the Artspace Tannery Lofts, lies the San Lorenzo River. It’s about 50-75 feet from the buildings. When it rains, it carries water from all the way up the Santa Cruz mountains, causing the water levels to rise considerably. At high tide, it can get a […]

New works: Tree of Change

January 12, 2010

Here’s another very recent painting, “Tree of Change”. I actually painted this piece before “Tree of Life”. I wanted to experiment with the idea of transition from top to bottom within a painting. The lower half explores the winter metaphor (which can be seen in “Out of the Forest”) and the upper half uses the […]

Elizabeth Gilbert’s thoughts on creativity

January 7, 2010

About 6 million people (at least, according to her sales) know about Elizabeth Gilbert now. Eat, Pray, Love has it’s rabid fans and certainly it’s detractors. I liked it, anyway. But aside from that, I think Ms. Gilbert is also a smart, witty and insightful woman. I think she’s got some very interesting thoughts about […]

New works: Tree of Life

January 7, 2010

Here’s one of my newest pieces, “Tree of Life” . It’s a continuation of the methods I’ve used for some time: a lot of texture in the first layer, the better to catch the paint washes and highlight said texture. There’s also a subtle grid happening here, outlined with gold leaf. I’ve been using gold […]