February 2, 2011

Against electrifying backdrop of Egypt forging democracy in another part of the world, my quiet Oakland studio yields repurposed objects once ubiquitous on the art promo scene.

The Oakland version of Fun-A-Day, the project that asks participants simply to make one thing a day every day of a month, is hosted by Artclash at Rock Paper Scissors, and opens Saturday Feb 5, 2011. I made this, some of it every day.

Twisting wire gives my fingers something to do while I listen to voices from a country unified in its objective to live democracy in each of their lifetimes. Oust the dictator, then the hard work begins. For now, amazement, joy, self-government in the streets.


3 in the Middle of Lines

January 14, 2011

One OneThree OneOne – Three in the middle.

Obsessed by the little lines that make numbers eleven and one. Didn’t used to be that way. Things were round for the last few years and before that, the elegance of one and nine just seemed normal.

Curves came back yesterday with the 2 in the middle. Back to lines tomorrow.

Silly as this seems, lines and curves are my life.


January 11, 2011

Line of Winter

January 8, 2011

Thicket of black lines at the winter crown, tree looks dead. This one could be. Winter joy is wrought black lines enclosing gray sky, endless possibilities of shape.
Serene moment reflecting on Hiroshige angled lines enclosing blocks of colored fade pattern, exquisite, fine, absolutely balanced, pulling immediate and distance into flat where we are amazed this is a crafted print giving us the experience of winter, is interrupted by violent news from AZ.


January 2, 2011

Like all of you, I want a better year than last. I want justice, comfort, peace, beauty, the end of suffering–for humanity and our home, Life on Earth. The shifting of a day on the calendar won’t end war, but there’s always hope, hard work. Into 2011 I carry the challenge to make art that in some way dignifies life, lives, a life–as inspiration to immerse oneself in the natural world, as aid to efforts for social change, as commentary, as object of beauty–and which addresses the facts of global warming.

Can anyone tell me what makes the ice circles on Lake Michigan, Chicago shore?  (Photo Dec 28, Lincoln Park)

Heart of Winter

December 24, 2010

Old-fashioned collage, cut photographic paper. Paste. Love.

This beautiful, troubled land. On to light.


December 21, 2010

122110, 211210… Solstice opens wintery sky to red this year, eclipse burning bright. Then winter takes back its black sky, luminously silver in the special moonlight, our bay air sweetened by storms. Soft solstice night bears the seed of light, the potential of light returning to pull life out of the ground in Spring.

Light on glaciers changes their form as Earth warms. Glaciers are headed into winter, the dark in their environs growing as the bright light of snow recedes. Grit atop glacier surface, each speck in its moat of meltwater, produces the big picture: dark grit attracts sun’s heat and melts the ice, simple.

In Patagonia I witnessed the turquoise and cobalt lakes surrounding 1/4” cinder islands. To paint them.