in the studio- painting a diptych

I usually work in diptychs, with no fixed starting point, and I rotate the canvases as I work and switch them back-and-forth to find unexpected motion or resonance, and to keep it fresh.

wish tree, albany bulb

The site specific piece at the albany bulb, albany, california.

This is an area that was once landfill from the railroads, it stretches out into the bay. Now it’s a park with art scattered about all through it.
This is an interactive piece –
The structural frame is made out of the skeletons of old lamp shades, and hanging
from it are little odds and ends bells, keys, beach glass, etc..

I provide paper, a clipboard, pencil, and clips- people can write something they wish for, and if they want, add their own personal or found objects.

The prettiest part is how it is animated and flutters by the wind.

I have several of these that I’ve made in my house hanging from the ceiling with old vintage brass bells. What’s really pretty about this is the shadows they cast and the light tinkling they make if you give them a push.

painting at night, with tiny dogfight

In the area where I live, there are glass blowing studios and a bronze casting foundry.
Both of those are exciting to watch – glowing molten glass or metal, sparks flying.
Watching someone paint is…… not nearly as exciting, but this gives a sense of my process,
putting paintings through what I call the “spin cycle” — rotating them back-and-forth and around, painting with a palette knife and my fingers.
There is a little dogfight around the four minute mark, that’s a little bit exciting