12.31.5 - Again, I keep forgetting to post anything here. Thanks to Tie-Rack for enjoying my duct tape painting gallery.
10.31.5 - Nice mention of my attempts at artistry on Bay Art News.
10.30.5 - I went to Nellie King Solomon's opening at Brian Gross Fine Arts during the week. I think that Nellie's style and what she's trying to do is slightly similar to some of my duct tape work - except her medium of choice is a superball.
10.24.5 - Open Studios went great. But what is really great is
San Francisco made out of jello by Elizabeth Hickok. Amazing.
10.8.5 - I'm disappointed. I don't add anything here for almost a year and no one calls me on it? Hmph. Why do I even bother. Well, Open Studios 2005, for god's sake, is almost upon us. But you know what? Besides that, so many things have happened in the past year that I don't even know where to start. This section needs a lot of help. Should I turn it into a blog and join the other 100,000 people that start blogs every day?
11.15.4 - My first solo show at Place
Pigalle in Hayes Valley in San Francisco.
11.8.4 - Open
Studios 2004, in slideshow form!
10.26.4 - Yao! Man, it's been over a month since I added
something here. I suck again! Open Studios was very very successful
for me. Thanks to everyone who came in and bought something.
And I've been invited to do my first solo show. Aw yeah!!
The opening reception is going to be Wednesday, November 3
520 Hayes (between Laguna and Octavia)
My work will be there for six weeks. I'm going to have all
new Black and White pieces, done specifically for the red
walls of the bar. I'm also going to have Distraction up in
the bar - the first time that it has been outside of my studio.
9.20.4- Yes yes. Put it on your calendar! Open Studios and
the last show out of my basement studio before I have to leave.
You can get an idea of what Distraction
- Project 100 is but in person really is the only way.
9.7.4 - I'm really slacking on putting things up in good
time. Well, here's what I've been up to lately: Duct
8.26.4 - Turns out, I don't have to leave my studio and
I'll actually be opening half the space up as a gallery. It
will be open during hours of the furniture store Zonal Furniture
in Hayes Valley in San Francisco. If you're in the neighborhood,
drop in and head downstairs. Say hi if I'm working in the
8.3.4 - I realized I never put this painting online. 10
Selves was an experiment I did in 2003. You can see the
connection between the painting and the Half-Self
Portrait needlepoint. And the needlepoint I'm working
on now also kind of feeds off of the portrait/silhouette form.
7.12.4 - I've finished a new needlepoint: Rooftops.
6.11.4 - I've posted my newsletters
on the site. Yay, fun. Fun fun fun.
7.1.4 - I've opened my No-CARB
Diet store at CafePress. Postcards, shirts, hats, baby
and dog gear, etc. Get political, wear your colors, or buy
them for Republican people you know. They'll laugh. I promise.
I'm still doing pinback buttons I still do but not through
the store. If you want to buy some, send me an email and we
can talk about it. I handed a number out at the Farenheit
9/11 opening and then this little wonderful snippet got sent
to me from my buddy Sandra who gave a button to Bill Clinton
at his book signing in San Francisco. The rest can be found
"Sandra reports, "I found the book signing fairly well organized’Mr.
Clinton shakes your hand and you have about 2 seconds to say
something. I handed him a pin that said, 'No C.A.R.B Diet
Plan. No Cheney. No Ashcroft. No Rumsfeld. No Bush.' He needed
help reading the small type so Paola read it aloud. Mr. Clinton
looked at me and said, "I like that!" He thanked us both for
wearing our Kerry buttons. I just grinned a lot and nodded."
Thanks, Sandra. Sounds like fun!"
6.16.4 - The SF Bay Guardian is holding their annual online
voting for Best of San Francisco.
One category is Best Local Artist. Now, I'm not telling you
how to vote. I'm just mentioning.....
5.23.4--Few notables: You can see my latest needlepoint--Half-Self
Portrait. I've also organized a lot of the site, finally
moving all sold pieces into their rightful space.
Lastly, I have a needlepoint
in an auction at Canvas Gallery in the benefit for Artspan.
Go bid on it.
5.7.4--I promised. And I delivered. My new series, Organic
Black and White, is ready for your perusal. Only $25 each!
What a bargain.
And in more exciting news, go down to Artist Xchange in
the Mission to see my work represented in gallery form.
Here are the details:
3169 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Monday - Closed
Tuesday thru Friday - 12PM - 9PM
Saturday - 10AM - 9PM
Sunday - 10AM - 8PM
5.3.4--I've been a little busy and a little sick, but I'm
going to be adding quite a bit in the next week or so, including
a new needlepoint, a series of new black and white works,
and possibly a better way of looking at Project 29.
And on Tuesday May 25, I'll have a needlepoint
up for auction at Canvas Gallery in San Francisco, part
of Artspan's Annual Auction
4.17.4--The wonderful and glorious Karen Pak and Charlie
Oppenheimer, temporarily of Reno, Nevada, are the proud owners
of a brand new bouncing baby Pagoda.
4.11.4--The illustrious, immensely talented
Bohdan Cap is now the proud owner of this four-part
4.10.4--Kind of a different direction for me in painting
lately. Black and white, organically
looking stuff -- at the bottom of the Photo Archive. I
like it so far. This is on two separate canvases, 30"x40"
each. I think I'm going to try this style on some boxes I
have, all 5"x7".
3.28.4--Exciting things happening. I sold another painting!
Yay for me and for Ms. Emily Schubert, the new owner of My
Koi Got Joy.
Break It!, the needlepoint
on the gallery main page, is going to be included in the Potrero
Hill Library Local Artist Show from April 3-April 24. There
is an opening party Saturday April 3, 7-9pm. The library is
on 20th at Connecticut in my neighborhood. Come on out.
3.17.4--Ok, this time I have no excuse. So, I'll just give
you some updates:
Here's the wedding
present I gave to my friends Justin and Therese for their
I also updated by show listings.
is almost complete. At least, the large piece is done and
the smaller panels are almost complete. Here's the latest
2.24.4--Oh man do I suck! I haven't updated anything in
a month, almost. But I have good reasons, I swear. And I've
been doing good things, don't you fret. Distraction is continuing
along -- check
it out. Three new days! And it looks very very different now.
Oh, and Peacockian
Phoenix has been sold so stop asking me about it. (kidding--no
it has been sold, really. Just you can keep asking me if you
1.26.4--I've been invited to be in a six-week event by Urban
Color, with opening night February 2, 2004. It's at Fulton
Street Social Club (1751 Fulton at Masonic, formerly Storyville).
I won't be in town but go have some fun. I'll have 5 pieces
in the show, ranging through my "career." My first painting
that I did while living in Prague, one that was on my second
business card, one that graced the pages of the Open
Studios 2002 booklet, and finally one that looks so much
better in person.
1.4.4--New Year! New stuff. I've added two more days to Distraction--Painting
in progress. If you want to skip the old and just see
the spanking new, start
here. But if you want my opinion: it's more fun to go
through the whole thing from the start. But do what you wish.
12.28.3 -- Here are a few artists who have blown me away
recently: environmental artistAndy
Goldsworthy, aerial photographer Yann
Arthus-Bertand, chocolate portraitist
Vik Muniz, and Gerhard
Richter, who a few people have told me they think of when
they look at my newest paintings. His abstract work, that
is. I can't touch him in that photo painting deal.
12.6.3--Busy weekend this past was. I switched my paintings
at Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael. Get on up there for dinner
some night if you so choose. Also, I got to live out a dream
of mine and go on stage at a Flaming Lips show as a costumed
animal! Yes yes yes! So, there I am, above, half-goldfish,
half-bear being tickled by a psychedelic zebra-pig.
12.1.3--Did you miss me? It's been a few weeks. I'm sorry.
Here is my latest project: Distraction--Painting
in progress. Based upon a new
friend's encouragement, I've decided to document the progress
of my latest painting. I tried this once before but never
followed through with the progress detailment. I'll be adding
to this section as the painting continues to evolve.
11.14.3--I just finished this needlepoint (above). It's my
latest and greatest and you're seeing it one day after completion.
Not sure if it did what I was planning on but not bad. I do
have an idea for the next set of needlepoints. Oooooooh, anticipation
can kill you.
11.4.3--Starting on 11.7.3 and going through 1.3.4, I'm going
to have paintings and needlepoint
pieces in Cafe Arrividerci
in San Rafael. Nice Italian place. Go get something to eat
surrounded by my colors, if you so choose. If you really feel
adventurous or supportive, I'll be giving a 20-minute talk
(Yikes!) on Monday, 11.10 at the restaurant around 7:30pm.
About what? I have no idea yet. I think I'll just wing it.
But come by and introduce yourself.
my latest painting. It's in a very, very early stage.
As I get time, I'm going to set up a page to track the progress
of it. To give you an idea, the large piece from 29
also started like this. And the final result doesn't look
anything at all like where it began.
11.20.3--With everything going on in the world, from the
bombings in Turkey to the Michael Jackson deal to reality
television, I wonder sometimes if animals are the more intelligent
lifeform. Of course, I haven't seen skunks
throw a human show yet.
11.14.3--I went and saw the Rapture tonight at Great American
Music Hall. My friend gave me the CD last week and I couldn't
stop listening to it. And while they put on a good show, I
kept thinking: I am the least white person in this place.
I've never really thought that before at a show. But watching
people dance there -- and I respect anyone for letting it
all flow -- I just couldn't help but think that the robot
and the moves that make you say "Oh please don't do that.
It hurts me just to watch you move like that" -- who knows.
Maybe I can't dance. But if you can do The
Pause, well you just feel it.
11.12.3--Everyone may want to be a DJ
but many people really can't beatbox
even though they think they can.
11.11.3--Last night, I drove over the GG bridge to San Rafael,
home to a great sushi
place, Sushi to Dai For. In fact, I didn´t actually eat
anything but did have a welcome drink
with my friend from Sapporo. That´s the third sushi place
I´ve been to in the last five days, including one where they
play Led Zeppelin on the stereo and the butoh
waitresses and sushi chefs dance like crazy.
11.10.3--I keep meeting new amazing people who landmark great
domain names and fill them with wonderful fun-ness to
help me distract myself during the day. Of course, after looking
at her site, you'll obviously have a craving for the real
11.3.3--To alleviate my occasional boredom, I love usurping
companies' sites, which have the fun feature of being able
to send notes to your friends through their site. How about
writing a message in a candy
bar or a voodoo
curse never gets old. Sometimes, the standard card works
well too. It's just hard to tell a friend how you're feeling
sometimes so let a pop
song do it for you. Or, let that blind date from friendster
what to expect tonight.
10.28.3--I'm deliriously delighted to report that bluestninja
is spreading a little color throughout the world. So, time
for a global shoutout to a few of the recent countries who
Portugal: Some day I'll come visit and drink
it up to your beautiful,
Dominican Republic: I was supposed to be there over my birthday
in 2002 but I went to Panama
in October instead.
Greece: Amazingly, you survived the visit of my swarthy
Ukrainian friend and his wife.
Hong Kong: If you'd like to send me a copy of Battle
Royale 2, I'd appreciate it.
10.24.3--I love my city. It entertains me to no end, with
great local music like Thee
More Shallows and Citizens
Here and Abroad, writers
who write a hell of a lot, and artists who like monkeys
and cats. Not bad. Not bad
Hours of fun. Oh, and more fun. This time with lines.
10.21.3--I have certain food hang-ups. Over the past two
years, I've gotten past these ones: grapefruits,
If you, like me, enjoy eating, check out Fud
Court. And not just because I've been a guest
10.20.3--If you live in New York or are going to be visiting
there any time soon, you should try to get over to the Whitney
Museum of American Art to see Jay
Defeo's The Rose. If you don't know the incredibly
long and engrossing story of this painting, try this article
about the San Francisco based artist. And thanks to Barry
Zevin for introducing me to this artist.
10.16.3--I have a huge admiration and love for perpetrators
of great hoaxes, especially when they are art related.
Han van Meegeren
duped most of post-WWII Europe. Good work, Han.
started work on another large painting tonight. My second
6' x 6' canvas. I forgot that I had walked all over the canvas
so when I unrolled it, there were tons of footprints on it.
I circled them with charcoal, then drew outlines of hands
all over the place. Since I work in heavy layers of paint,
I drained all of the turpentine I had and painted faded
squares of color all over the place. When you paint in lots
of layers, it's freeing to know that whatever I do now will
eventually be covered over
down the road so I can do anything I want. Once done tonight,
I frantically called friends looking for someone to go grab
a drink. After finding a friend, it then dawned on me that
I was smiling manically because I was high on turpentine fumes.
Being a painter has unforeseen benefits.
10.12.3--While driving on the highway is normally enjoyable,
driving 800 miles to visit for less than 36 hours makes me
rethink the whole not flying thing. But, I did get to see
garlic spewing on the side of the 5 for about 10 miles because
a truck had a leak in the side. Let's
see a plane match that kind of entertainment.
it's time to start writing randomly and spitting out thoughts
and things. I have my own Web site so why not. Today I saw
a street sign on a pole that had ripped itself out of the
cement down on 17th and Carolina. It had to be because of
one of three reasons:
1) Someone drove by and knocked the sign over. Boring reason.
2) A giant wandering the city streets got bored and pulled
a Cool Hand Luke on the sign. I bet he didn't get caught cuz
he's too big.
3) The sign was so distraught with our new governor that it
decided to escape. However, sadly, after ripping itself out
of the ground, realized that signs and poles don't have any
feet and it was left to lie down on the sidewalk, sad and