Thursday, September 26, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
|This was the sketch. You can see that it is painted on top of an old painting. The only thing I am keeping from the old painting is the semi in the upper right hand corner.|
|I re-oriented it and started the drips.|
|I want more color. I am started to add diagonal "line" divisions to create movement and space.|
|More dividing and MORE color. The Ultramarine blue and the yellow on the right have just upped the ante. They have made everything else look under painted.|
|The bike area was looking FLAT. I like the handle bars. They look flat and at the same time like a cutout leading to another dimension...maybe The Twilight Zone.|
|Typical painting, every time I do something I have to re-paint everything else. It is getting richer and richer and more and more detailed.|
Monday, September 2, 2013
|This is Elmo harassing a cat.|
Monday, August 26, 2013
So I walked home and back to the studio twice, looking under every car and tire. I was on my bike so I imagined the bumpy road shaking it off my finger. Crazy, I know... but I was out of my mind.
Thomas the plumber, came out and took apart the pipes, to no avail. I was resigned that it was lost forever...
Then... yesterday, three days later, Makiko was in the shower. When she noticed that the exfoliating glove made a funny new clinking sound. She said she tested it a few times before looking inside and lo and behold, eureka, voila!!! There it was!
The terrible week got "better." I got a couple of different people wanting to schedule studio visits. I put "better" in quotation marks because gallery interactions cause me acute anxiety and give me the blues. Don't know why, the art lovers can be perfectly nice and usually are.
Anyway, I don't know what will happen from that, but for now I feel... LUCKY.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|No, it isn't your monitor. It isn't suppose to be red, it really is magenta!|
|This little two room building is behind our house. Originally it was a Philippine bakery. The left door is going to be Tom's drum room, the right one is my studio.|
The insides are still under construction.
|Drum Room. It is very difficult to photograph a small windowless room.|
Then he built a new matching window for my studio. We will get more light in the kitchen and in my studio. And.. all the windows will look like they have been there for 76 years.
|Arty photo of studio.|
|Studio view from the inside.|
|There is going to be a washer and dryer in here too. Though the words "oil paint" and "laundry" in the same paragraph make me stutter.|
|Oh, well... somethings can't be helped. Just keep looking up...|
|...at the beauty all around and think... happy thoughts...|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
|I think this painting is almost finished.|
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Baby Rothko (first layer)|
Even with all that working against me... I am feeling it.
Interesting and gutsy fact about M.R., he turned down showing paintings he made for the Seagrams Building and returned the money. (I think it was $35,000.) Because he ate there with his wife and found out it was a fancy Four Seasons Restaurant, instead of a commissary for the workers!
He wanted his work enjoyed by everyman, not just the rich. What a luxury.
To be continued.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Last week, I went with two friends and my daughter to pick out flowers for the wedding. I guess flowers are on my mind. I think these funny paintings came out of that. They have a little bit of my old obsessive, surreal style and a little bit of Robert Crumb.
|This was the first or the funny flowers. I gave it to Makiko for her birthday. I like it on it's side.|
|This is the prototype bouquet. It is too pink, but I like the poppy pods.|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|Chocolate cake with coffee, coconut oil, butter, tons of eggs, sugar, (the white kind), buttercream frosting, chocolate chips and bee's wax candles.|
Monday, July 22, 2013
My mom was sick and gave us all a scare... Actually, she is still scaring me.
Taking care of Mildred was an intense ambush of spontaneous therapy.
Running up and down the 5, I ended up not painting for almost two months, yikes! I've gotten back to work, but what I am doing is all a blur.
I am working on old stuff and new.
|This is finally almost finished. I think I have been working on it a year.|
Monday, April 22, 2013
|Somehow, she still is a little spooky to me.|
Monday, April 15, 2013
However, a few things helped a lot.
I got a massage at "Relax Feet," which is a misnomer. For one thing, they massage all of you... for and hour... for $20... and... best of all, you keep all your clothes on. I love it.
|I started this a while ago. M saw it and now she wants it. I guess I have to finish it.|
|I started it on a lark.|
|The photograph image of M.'s cutesy pose is what caught my eye. Because of her expression and pose, I knew attempting to paint it, could result in either a crazy, over the top, sweet painting, (blah) or a painting with a droll sinister air. I am hoping for a bit of both.|
So far... sinister is winning.
|The artist, John Baldessari thought it was very funny too. He thinks it is even funnier that it is hanging in the MOMA.|
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Then two things charmed me. First, I fell in love with the timeless quality of a city that never sleeps. Even though bed time in my real life is about 9:30, it would be nice to know I could get a pedicure or a fresh deli salad in the middle of the night. I would get comfort just knowing these things were possible. Time would disappear. Maybe living like this, people would live longer... ok... I know that is untrue.
Second, everyone, and I mean everyone rides the subway, not just the car-less, or parkingless or those who just need to get to work. This makes the subway a great place for one of my favorite activities, people watching!
|Max Ernst|I also liked the Rosenquist and the Katz. There is obvious skill in their use of light and composition. I don’t know why I like Katz. Maybe it is his courage to paint that lazily, and that thin at that scale. He is fresh and has a great sense of color. Alex Katz
In any case, I am compelled to analyze the paintings of these two guys. They make it look soooo easy.
In any case, in person, the portrait looked rich and lush, like there is a transparent layer of marzipan laid on top of the painting, integrating the surface. A lot of images look better in books or on computers, like my favorite guy, Morandi, lush in print, thin and sketchy in person. But Richter's definitely look better in person.
I painted rather surreal stuff in the 90’s. Naive painting was in vogue. Too much skill and realism was distrusted, at least that was my impression. Seems funny now.
At the MOMA I saw a vase made by bees. Talk about skill.
Monday, March 25, 2013
As many know, because I am a monko-tade, (文句を言う), or bellyacher, I have been busy mourning all the artists that have moved out of AE in the past year. I have been lamenting so much that I failed to notice that there are a lot of really wonderful, accomplished new tenants. Also, the old tenants have really stepped up their game! There were some blank walls and some empty studios. These empty spots, in my opinion, helped give the eye a welcome rest because all the other walls were booming with powerful art. (At least that is one of the comments I overheard). Overall, the art work looked finished and spaces were thoughtfully arranged. (My studio looked, as usual, looked disheveled, till Liza B. and Ale B. came by Sunday and Feng Shuied it, whew! I am such a two dimensional person.)
|The kids were networking. I was so busy gabbing and looking around, that this is the only picture I took all weekend. But it is a good one.|
I admit my reluctance when AE decided to go independent. Scheduling our Open Studios on a separate weekend from the rest of San Francisco seemed crazy. Who do we think we are, asking the public to make a trek out on an extra weekend? So, it was a nice surprise that this weekend was one of the best OS I've participated in yet, proving yet again, that San Francisco is full of people that love their art and their artists!
|This was the beginning of the new "Sleep" painting.|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|"Sleeping During The Day" 24"x20" oil on canvas. It maybe finished.|
|Sketch in paint. No painstaking drawing for me. I know, I could have fixed the butt issue here, but I didn't. In the olden days I often did a painting up to seven times. It's no biggy.|
|Scary hair! Scary eyes!|
|This is the second to last version, (last version is posted at top of page) This is when I had the bright idea to close my eyes. That made it a less disturbing painting, for sure. I was playing with crazy shadows on the wall.|
|Added more color and stuff to this one. I can't leave it a lone, agh.|
Friday, February 22, 2013
|Phase 1. (This is Elmo as a kitty)|
These paintings get painted pretty fast, 2-4 days, almost Alla Prima.
|Phase 2. More yellow, less kitty. Elmo was not pleased, he loves kitties.|
|Phase 3. Lighter. I thought it was finished here...|
|"Yard View" 15"x10" oil on canvas. |
It was finished till I watched "Picasso Sex Magic Death" on DVD and I read the Juliana Romano interview. They both reminded me how I long to be free. So, here I am being as free as I can for me, right now, today...
|Alla Prima 2|
|"Trio" 10"x15" oil on canvas|