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Palimpsest II – an exhibition

April 16, 2014
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Exhibition Announcement

Exhibition Announcement

Palimpsest II was an exhibition during the spring of 2014; it explored the relationship between my paintings, photographs, and etchings. Evidence of time is embedded in the surfaces that have been worked and reworked, sometimes for years, whether in a painting or captured in a photograph. My Palimpsest paintings and etchings were first exhibited with Judy Ireland and Marcia Brookbank at their IXL Gallery on Portrero Hill in San Francisco. This is the first time photographs were exhibited together with the paintings and etchings. Some of the artworks can now be viewed here or on my Tumblr blog.

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Light on Dry Paint

March 31, 2014
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Morning-Light

An arrangement of light on color and shape in shallow space. A picture I refer to as watching light on dry paint. Like many of my compositions, it took several attempts to arrange and capture the elements in the right balance and relationship to each other, beginning with the placement of the foreground object to set up the depth of the space, and dividing the shapes into horizontal and vertical forms. Sharp focus contrasts against the soft out of focus cool color which emerges from the warmth of the shadows. Another version is included in the Urban Notes post.

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Bay Area – San Francisco 2014

March 26, 2014
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view of the bay from the Berkeley Hills

view of the bay from the Berkeley Hills

Last week I was in the Bay Area. Saw some good exhibits in Oakland, at the Museum of California and some of the newer galleries around 23rd and 25th. In San Francisco on one block of Geary, there were three beautiful shows, first at #49, Katy Grannan’s new work, The 99 at Fraenkel, and upstairs at Haines, John Chiara’s photographs, de • tached. Across the street at Paule Anglim at #19, I was able to have a preview of Carrie Mae Weems new show Subject and Witness while it was being installed. This beautiful show runs through April 18th.

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Printmaking in Paris – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

February 6, 2014
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Serge at the press - Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Serge at the press – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Parisians and most visitors know that Paris is a city for walking.  In addition to the must-see monuments, churches, and museums, whether on the narrow streets or along the broad avenues and boulevards, there are always discoveries to be found. Sometimes, as we wind our way through these rues and avenues, we are passing by interesting things that often go unnoticed, not knowing what we’ve just missed. Other times it’s as if a discovery was meant to be. It’s always a treat to see a placard on a building telling us

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Stone Lithography with Rudolf Broulim

January 31, 2014
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at the press in his Zwiindrecht, Belgium studio

Earlier this month, to celebrate the new year and share some images with friends, we brought out the old slide projector and pulled some slides from the archive. It was an evening filled with nostalgia, a hot lamp shining light through old transparencies, complete with dust and scratches, the sound of the fan, the aroma of hot dust, and to complete the experience, there was the obligatory stuck slide; we were lucky the bulb didn’t burn out as there were none to be had locally. All in all, it was a fun evening seeing these images again and sharing them with friends. It was also a reminder that the time had come to start that long put off scanning project. Now that scanning is underway I’ll be posting a variety of images, many shot with my favorite camera at the time, a Leica IIf, primarily using Kodachrome 25. These first images are in the atelier of master printer Rudolf Broulim,

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