Friday, July 29, 2011

More San Francisco Inspiration!

This week I had time to do a little painting and continue exploring the city.
"Sadie's Orchid", 9x12, oil on linen
My daughter in front of the ferry building.
Maybe it's my Florida roots but I love the graphic quality of palm trees.
Willow trees in Sausalito.
Muir Woods National Monument Park.
The play of light and dark in Muir Woods was incredible. 

I'm amazed at the eco friendly aspect of San Francisco,  everywhere there are compostable paper cups, flatware,  disposable cups, virtually everything is recyclable! Very little goes to the landfill. Garbage is separated into recyclables, compostable and landfill.
(BTW spell checker doesn't know the word compostable, sad day)
Wine tasting tour in Sonoma Valley, YES! 
Bougainvillea on Lombard Street.
Strange public toilet on Castro and Market, it has a sliding door and auto disinfecting toilet, sink and floor  after a 55 second door closing, purchased from France and modeled after public toilets in Paris. 
Found this sidewalk graffiti and thought it was cool, later found it  in other places around the city. Did a little research and found that if is the street artist Jeremy Novy.

A modified Jeremy Novy on Post Street.

A favorite find was a large Scott Fraser painting in the window of the Jenkins Johnson GalleryJohn Pence Gallery is museum huge! I saw amazing work by Jacob Pfeiffer, Anthony Wiachulis, Juliette Artistide, Carl Dobsky, Will Wilson, Zach Zdrale... and the list goes on. 

More about other galleries and new artists I've discovered during my lovely San Francisco days, but for now I'm off to explore on my last day in San Francisco.

To Be Continued...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

San Francisco Inspires!

I'm lucky enough to be experiencing San Francisco for the first time. Inspiration comes in many forms. Banksy one day,  the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog and on old fortune telling machine another.

Cable Car Cables
Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Bridge

Here's some of my favorite art from the De Young Museum.

Cornelia Parker, Anti-Mass, burnt wood from an Alabama Baptist Church destroyed by arson.

Al Farrow, The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, made from bullets and guns. 
 And of course a couple shots of Sargent hands, ALWAYS inspiring.

Sargeant Kendall, Cypripedia, 1927, I don't really love this painting over all, but I do really enjoy the temperature shifts in the flesh tones, and the warm reflected light.

Katie LaMonte, cast glass 2007, I was happy to see her work here, I saw it for the first time last year in Norfolk, VA The missing figure is fascinating to see, or not see?
The room I lingered the longest in was The Art of Illusion room, Trompe L'Oeil Still Life.
William Joseph McCloskey, 1890, oil, doesn't this have a contemporary feel?
Me being impressed by the size of this William Harnett

If there is ever an example of how painting is more akin to sculpture than drawing, this is it. The highlights of this Harnett are actually chunky and 3-D.

Richard Shaw, Ceramic, 1980, fun fool the eye sculpture.
The best painted grapes I've ever seen in my life, Abraham Mignon, 1669-72,
 (the rest of the painting didn't suck either)
Frank Duveneck, Study for Guard of the Harem, 1879.   I love the shadow side of the face being such transparent paint, the eye is not there in a way that is completely believable.

To be continued...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lines and Colors Blog

Thrilled and honored to see my work shared on Lines and Colors, a blog about all things visual art related. According to the author Charley Parker...

Lines and Colors

Lines and Colors is a blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and anything else I find visually interesting. If it has lines and/or colors, it's fair game.

I've been following this blog for a while now and it's always interesting and informative, check it out!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Artist A Day- Google Gadget- July 16, 2011

Thrilled to see this when I started up the 'ol Mac this morning!
This is a Google Gadget for customized home pages. I've had it on my desktop for a while and enjoy seeing a new artist every day.

They include a link to my website, one to each gallery that represents me, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Peterson Cody Gallery, Santa FE, NM. Their website is

You can also them on facebook,

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Black and White Or Shades of Gray?

Does our view of complex issues change with age?

This is my new painting "The Certainty of Youth and the Complexity of Wisdom", 43x49, oil on panel. 

Both these men are Birmingham artists. You may recognize the wise model, a cowboy in The Incognito Project, in "Yippee Ki-Yay".
"Yippee Ki-Yay, The Incognito Project" 16x16, oil on panel

You may also recognize my youth model from the cover of the novel Olympia Heights, The Pantheon, by Amy Strickland
"Olympia Heights, The Pantheon" a novel by Amy Strickland
Click here to see a post about my cover photo shoot for Amy's book. Thanks Ira and Nick!


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