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2 Days in San Francisco in sketches & notes









































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62 Prince Street

62 Prince Street. Marker, collage and mixed media on wood panel. 36 x 26 x 1 1/4

I brought this painting to Art One yesterday. It may have a buyer already, a really nice guy who lives in West Chelsea and if he buys it he’s taking it back with him—guess how much I love THAT!

You can see some of the progress in earlier posts here and here.

It’s marker, acrylic paint, modeling paste, and clippings from The New York Times on wood panel, and I carve into it with a linoleum cutter. The carving is a little easier to see in the detail photos (detail 6 especially):


62 Prince Street detail 1


62 Prince Street detail 2



62 Prince Street detail 3


62 Prince Street detail 4


62 Prince Street detail 5



62 Prince Street detail 6

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Gross, ink drawing of an ad from The New York Times, about 6 x 9 inches.


I’ve been doing these drawings of ads and obstinately not explaining anything. But then I get annoyed when other people do that. So here goes.

The drawings seem like parodies which is kind of the point because they are are in fact word-for-word captures of real ads from the front section of the New York Times. I’ll skip the speech about ads for $40,ooo-lapel pins and watches that cost more than I’ll spend my whole life appearing right next to stories of the starving, homeless, and otherwise destroyed people of the world—I’m far from the first to comment on all that.

What strikes me about the ads is the text, how creatively (or uncreatively) they go about justifying such useless purchases. I think about the designers and copy writers and I wonder if they believe in the value of the jewelry or if they know the only reason it has any value at all is because enough people agree that it does. I also wonder if they think about the company their work is going to keep—their hard day’s toil clouded with the torture, terrorism, corruption . . .  In any case, basically their job is to sell pretty things to people with money to burn, which has to get tedious just like everything else, and I feel as though once in awhile they must stop caring WHAT the ads say and they figure who even reads them anyway.

And who does? Beyond a headline or two. They’re mostly predictable and boring, follow the format and the rules. But then once in awhile it’s like someone went to sleep:

Make Mom Smile . . . For Eternity.

Special nod to the campy use of ellipses. . . . Wait, am I being trolled? You have to admit it’s a mite closer to the Saw series than your traditional Mother’s Day. Do these guys wish they were making movie posters instead, and they’re having a little fun here?

Let’s say yes. The movie, Gross, is a thriller about people exiled to an alternate reality, out of touch with what it is to be a human being, buying buying buying and never getting happy. Prisoners of shallowdom, of the perpetual black psyche, and equipped with an awareness too vague to do any more than suffer wanly about it. In the style of Tommy or A Clockwork Orange. Look, there’s even a 666 for the hint of a sinister twist.

It’s a small thing, jewelry, in the bag of egregiousness that is our polarized world economy, but it just offends me so much. Truly, it is gross. What are my little drawings supposed to do about it? I don’t pretend to think they can do a thing. But I have to put them out there just in case.

Here’s another take—me playing around with the “Effects.” Yes, I used filters. But I did it ironically:


Gross, camped out as a movie poster for a horror flick called Gross.

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Stuff I Stole

Stuff I Stole, ink on paper + digital

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Faux pas aux deux

As much as I’d like to, I can’t finish a drawing every day or even every week, def not a painting. I think about doing one of those “Drawing a Day” things but 1. It seems forced. 2. I get bored with those so I’m pretty sure other people would get bored with mine, including me. 3. Like I need another daily chore.

So for now get this old drawing I found in an envelope addressed to Ann, my almost sister-in-law from decades ago. I met up with her once in Washington, D.C. She bought dinner even though there were five of us and she was on a teacher’s salary. The others were the younger sister and mom (they all lived there) and my coworker (we were at a conference)–and we should have paid or at least put ourselves on our expense account. This is one of those dumb things that bothers me once in awhile.

We exchanged addresses and I fully meant to write. Look, I even did this little doodle for her. I was working my shift at the co-op gallery in Flagstaff, where I lived.


Doodling at the Co-op, about 1999, ink pen and wash on Rives BFK, 4 x 6 inches

It contains my fellow artist/shift coworker (right, also working on her stuff) and her daughter. I was trying to practice drawing more, especially people. They were sitting nicely still, and I loved the fluid, relaxed posture of the daughter.

Doodling at the Co-op (detail)

It was just to say Hi, Ann. Nice to see you. Thanks for dinner.

Never wrote it. Never sent it. Faux pas aux deux.


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Bethesda and the Boathouse

One of my favoritest spots in the world, Bethesda Fountain and the Boathouse, Central Park, Manhattan.

Bethesda & the Boathouse, ink on paper, color added onscreen

Some interesting things I learned about Bethesda Fountain when I looked it up on the internets:

  • It’s called Bethesda Fountain. That’s one of those, “knew that once, forgot, will probably forget again” things for me.
  • It was the first ever commission from a woman, Emma Stebbins, for a major piece of art in New York.
  • Emma was a lesbian who was born in New York but moved to Rome where she studied art and lived with actresses. This was in the 1860s and 70s.
  • In her picture on Wikipedia she looks like Princess Leia as Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • Tony Kushner mistakenly said in the first edition of Angels in America, in which the statue makes a cameo appearance, that she commemorates Civil War dead.
  • Ironically the truth is far more apropos to his play because what she actually represents is a water-blessing, healing-power-giving angel from the Gospel of John, and her pose depicts the act of blessing the water  below her, presumably giving it the power to heal.


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The New Me

I was inspired by a photo of me in Heathrow Airport to make a new avatar. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one tired of Zombie Girl.



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Points of Return: Fatal Attraction

“Points of Return: Fatal Attraction” is the first in a series of comics about movies. Or maybe it’s the only one, who knows. Can’t tell yet.


It’s about this thing I do that helps me go to sleep although that’s not why I do it. Who knows why I do it. I am how I am and I’ve stopped trying to be much different. But it does knock me out, so I don’t worry about it a whole lot.


If it’s a little too hard to read, skip to the next post where you may read it with relative ease panel by panel.






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Recycle Diamonds

Recycle Diamonds: Actual ad in the New York Times, ink & pixel drawing.

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Patrick “Hrrmmph!”

Patrick, from a texted self-portrait photo accompanied by the above commentary.

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Pizza, 16 x 20, marker and acrylics on canvas. Happy Birthday to Todd.

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True love has a color and a name

True Love Has a Color and a Name, ink on paper, ad on page 2 of the New York Times, January 8, 2012

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Thank You

Thank You, ink drawing based on a photo I took in the Starbuck’s drive-through, first in a series of scenes from the viewpoint of a windshield.

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Jambalaya on They Draw and Cook

As soon as I saw They Draw and Cook I had to draw and submit a recipe of my own. It took me awhile to finish the drawing (due to daily interruptions–I guess that’s why they call it a “day job”) but the very nice peeps at the site got back to me right away and posted it! I’m under “Most Recently Added Recipes.” (Actual size is 17-inches in width.)

The site is full of fun, gorgeous, whimsical, tempting treats. Go ahead, look. You know you want to! They’ve also started They Draw and Travel, almost like a personal challenge just for me (winky face).

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Irrigation Night at Barb’s, in progress

Irrigation Night at Barb’s, nearly finished. Acrylic, marker & pencil on another old painting from good old Goodwill, 28 x 22. (Original painting below.)

I live in an irrigation neighborhood and it’s sometimes sort of an event. I’m lucky because I’m at the end of a line and don’t have to open or close gates; we just leave them open all the time. But someone has to be at Barb’s to let the water in and shut it down no matter when their time comes up–noon or night or 2 a.m. Impromptu gatherings happen over coffee or cocktails among neighbors with similar goals for the coming several hours: start and end the flood on time to make sure you get all your water. Pick up anything in the yard that doesn’t swim. If it’s hot out, wade around and cool off. Enjoy the view and the slightly magical feeling that you live on a lake in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona.

I took these pictures one night hangin with Barb during her irrigation, with flash (below) and without.

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Dot’s, Acrylic & marker on 24 x 36 recycled canvas. At The Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona.

The Shady Dell:

Entry sign.


This tiny trailer sleeps two.


Part of the menu. Simple, cheap, and good.

Dot’s at night.

Dot’s in the morning.

The Shady Dell is next to a cemetery.


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Empire State from Lex and 34th

Finished the new cityscape, and backtracked in the photos with a side cheat walk on Google streets to figure out where I was when I took the picture. Acrylic, marker, and collage on 24 x 48 used canvas.

Here’s a detail:

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New Cityscape in progress

What I’m working on today: The Empire State Building from probably 5th. Acrylic, marker, and soon-to-be collage on an old painting from Goodwill, a horizontal beachscape, 24 x 48 canvas. You can see some of the tufts of grass and seagulls:

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Michael at Castel Sant’ Angelo

Acrylic and marker on used canvas (painted over a yard-sale painting), image 12 x 16. The subject is a marble statue of Archangel Michael (with iron wings), created by Raffaello da Montelupo in 1536 for the top of the castle. (“Legend has it” that in 590, Michael appeared above the castle, raising his sword to signal the end of the plague of that year.) Montelupo’s statue was replaced in 1753 by another Michael and moved to an inner courtyard. Here’s the picture I used for the painting:

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New Venice Painting in progress

Almost done.

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