Pot painting – day 5

I was having a pretty good day conquering a difficult part – getting the light blue diamonds to meet up correctly. These get fine lines over them completing the argyle pattern but I’m not there yet. I sit in the corner of a garage painting these. The Latin housekeepers seem fascinated with what I’m doing – even though we don’t totally understand each other – they’re adorable. I made it home only to find out an artist working on a mural project at 35th and West in West Oakland was shot and killed this morning. I walk down 40th to Emeryville from MacArthur BART – 5 blocks away. I’ve walked down 34th on a couple of occasions – it’s a bad neighborhood – I really had no choice – I’m not the guy taking an UBER. It’s just insane to me killing an artist trying to clean up the neighborhood. This is really sad and tragic. I have to go to work tomorrow on this project walking down streets that are not so safe. I’m just thinking when does luck run out?

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Pot painting

This is the first part of my project. Painting two large flower pots with an argyle pattern. This is taking longer than I thought. This is where I’m at as of Friday. One is further along and I have to get the other one to this point. Today somebody jumped in front of a BART train at Ashby station and I could not get to the job site. Tomorrow hopefully I can make some progress.

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Turner

David invited me to see Turner at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. I enjoyed the show. I had seen the movie about him which was beautiful and this show did not disappoint. These are some of the ones I liked. I had to wait out hordes of people to get a good shot but these I got.

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Crepes ala Carte: my new gig

I have a new decorative painting project. I spent today working on the estimate after going over details with the designer on Tuesday. I sent it out at 6 tonight – I was sweating this – it was approved almost immediately which shocked me. Now to get started – you’ll be seeing more of this as I get into the job in the coming weeks. This is the vintage cart I’ll be painting and staining, along with tables & chairs, clay pots and hand painted signage. This will use all my skills. It’s a great opportunity for me to show the Bay Street mall in Emeryville what I can do. The designer is holding me to a high standard- he tells me he’s watching me – but I have got this. If you know me – this is just so my thing.

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Sketch – back at it

I just can’t make it to sketch every Tuesday but it never fails to keep me on my toes. It’s weird it’s a 20 minute pose and I find myself finishing early and not wanting to fuck up what I’ve done. I’ve gone too far at times and totally ruined a good drawing. It’s knowing when to stop. I was not going to post these but a trip to my bar Martuni’s and a bartender that enjoys my naked men Tuesdays got me to. She saw a lot of emotion in these so – I’m like share it.

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Into the Light – finally

I started working on this in July for a competition. It’s been on a board for a couple months now as I cut glass into shapes I really didn’t think I could. This is all hand done with a glass cutter. I was trying to finish up foiling a couple days ago. I have to clean each piece and then foil it. Over 130 pieces in this panel took their toll. I bled many times trying to cut this out. I thought the blood shed was over but then I was cleaning a small piece and sliced my thumb through a dishtowel, bleeding all over the studio. After healing, I was back at it. I have a vision and I will see it through. Today I finished foiling and powered through soldering one side. My back was hurting from standing and leaning over this thing and then I figured out I could sit and do it – a little more awkward but less hurt. Anyway I got one side finished. I still have the back to do to strengthen it. I managed to clean and patina it and get it into a window as the sun was going down. I have waited to see if the choices in glass that I made worked together. I have not done a panel with streaky glass before – I was all about etching pieces and color and texture in previous panels. I am thrilled with the way this turned out.

I’ve had a couple assholes on Facebook make their comments dissing me. I post these pictures and post what goes into a work of art so people realize what the fuck goes into making something. You have a vision and you just make it happen and there needs to be some respect for that no matter how good you are.

The cobalt blue I saved from the salvage yard years ago and use sparingly because I love it so much – remains magical.

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