Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Today we went to the newly opened Academy of Sciences. So many people, so many exhibits...this 11 legged starfish
was encased in resin along with a whole slew of other creatures along a back wall. They actually were plaques that acknowledged those who gave large financial gifts to the institution. The fact that this was floating all alone in a foreign white void, apart from it's normal habitat was striking to me. Lost in whiteness, but so exquisitely beautiful. This notion, pulling from nature, re ordering, re presenting so that ordinary things can be seen new again is potent. I try for this in my art.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dog and Painting

I like this painting or at least the start of it, but then I didn't and ended up painting it all red....This is Maizy my dog who runs trails with me.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Olema Barn

"Olema Barn" 84" x 72" 
Barn in West Marin
"Between Lines" 40" x 36"

These  old barns are all over West Marin.
The subtlety of the lines and textures of the boards
contrasting with the hard darks of missing ones
seems to give these buildings a quiet strength.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Studio Work in Progress

I work on about 7 paintings at the same time.
My process involves layering of paint and since it is oil 
I have to let it dry before it can be  covered over. I am so impatient
and so all I can do is start working on another one while the first one is drying.
It's best for me to not work too long on any one painting on one particular day.
After awhile I can't see the painting clearly. Today went well as I like the way these paintings 
are going. The three on the right are strong starts--the green one on the left is already totally 
repainted. I liked this start but couldn't figure out how to finish it. so I covered it up with paint.