My next door neighbor is about 85 years old. She loves the piece above, called Duppy. I explained that it is based on my childhood imagining of what a duppy would look like. “What’s a duppy?” My best explanation is that it is akin to what Americans would call the boogie man or a very scary ghost. Her response to that? “We were afraid of Indians.”
Here is “Discus Thrower,” the first lino carving to come out of my new studio. And, the seeds for these plants were sown sometime around mid-April. Today, June 30th, and just look at them! Some will undoubtedly show up in my art.
Video by Sara Grew, taken at Djerassi, up in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. It’s a very short video. Be sure to put your sound on.
The drawing here (a one line drawing) is actually of a grey fox. Why is it accompanying a video of a coyote? Because I thought the fox was a coyote, until a wise guy pointed out that grey foxes have fluffy tails and look nothing like coyotes. Pfft! Who knew?!
Which piano should one use to perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 22? A Steinway, yes; but which one? A New York Steinway? A Hamburg Steinway? And just what exactly is the difference between the two? Watch as Jan Lisiecki chooses his piano for his upcoming (debut!) concert at the San Francisco Symphony:
On a recent city hike, I came across several stickers in the North Beach area of San Francisco. These stickers had the photograph (logo?) of a single mule. There was no explanation of what these stickers represented (Mule Gallery, perhaps?). Intrigued, I went home and did a Google search for “mule logo San Francisco.” I came across an Atlantic Magazine article about a man wandering around California with three mules. The man has an Internet presence too. He recently had a date in court because a ranger gave him a citation for stopping to rest overnight on public land/open space, with his three mules. I like this guy! Read more about him here: 3mules.com
Something about the scenes in this video reminds me of the waterfront area by King Street and Harbour Street in Kingston, Jamaica, before the crowd arrives. This Vimeo is a little under 2-minutes long: Good Morning, Venice Beach.
Japantown Art Walk/Stamp, Part II
My favorite in this group of stamps is “Mouth Lock.” It’s crisp lines and selective use of color, black and white with a slash of red, make for a very classic look.
If you missed the first eight stamps, you can see them here.
Part I of II
A good way to get to know a neighborhood is to attend the San Francisco Arts Commission’s annual Passport event. This year’s art walk took place in San Francisco’s Japantown. Here are the first 8 of 16 passport stamps collected from various artists.
Stay tuned for Part II, where I’ll post the remaining 8 stamps from Passport 2015.