Night in the City

I love night shots and have taken to going out and playing tourist in my own city. After about three days of nothing to photograph, I went to the Bay Bridge at night in San Francisco. This is what I saw…

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What I did today…

I’ve been thinking of this post all day.  I just went through Open Studios and had some lady ask me if I did “family friendly still lifes”. This is my artistic response to that. A gay male artist friend tells me that his friends say they would never hang a naked man on their wall.  Really? People tell me that only women and flowers sell. Really? I can’t give up. There’s a place for a hot man if done well – there just has to be. So this is what I wanted to do today – I don’t care if nobody buys it.

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Just another day in San Francisco

So I’m going about my day and I had to photograph the homeless person’s cart. Just had to. Anyway after a long period of nothing I run into this horse on the way to the studio. A loose horse in the city. On the way home I see something – I want to capture it. I head for it I’m blocks away. I cross a street absentmindedly in front of a cop car – which I didn’t realize until I was on top of it. But I got the photo and here you go.

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J.C. Leyendecker

“His Arrow Collar ads epitomized the great Gatsby look that is as popular now as it was in the twenties. The impact of Leyendecker’s Arrow Collar Man on the public’s imagination was like that of a movie star: “In one month in the early 1920’s the Arrow Man received 17,000 fan letters, gifts, marriage proposals and notes threatening suicide – a deluge surpassing even Rudolph Valentino’s mail at the star’s apex.” The New Year’s baby – now a symbol that every American recognizes – first appeared on Leyendecker’s New Year’s Post cover of 1906.”

From a book a friend loaned me. I own a print of Leyendecker’s work Payday shown here – I found it at an antique shop in Scottsdale.  Also attached is my sketch of the Arrow Collar man – I couldn’t resist.

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Open Studios this weekend

With my work comes antique frames that I’ve collected. They sit in my studio waiting for the right art piece to come along. I am all about patina and keeping original looks but sometimes a frame just needs a coat of paint. Here is one that I painted today for one of my digital collages. Digital collages and photographs will be on sale at my studio for the first time. This is a new venture and I’ll see how it goes. Open Studios at Art Explosion 2425 17th Street @ Potrero, San Francisco • 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday October 26th and 27th. Come see Cricket in studio 22.

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Drawing without glasses

So my eyes fail in the evening – I’ll need glasses soon. But for now readers work and I chose to draw without glasses. So what I do I can’t really see until I put them on. 30 second gestures to 20 minute drawings. Anyway I was underwhelmed with the drawings and chose to Photoshop them with recent pictures I’ve taken. So this happened…

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Watercolor Sketches

This is a secret project I’ve been working on. The final will be a mural for a gardening company. I’m just doing quick watercolor sketches to get down ideas at this point and then I will tie everything together. These are the male figures and flora I was playing around with.

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