Santa Baby.

A week ago I left the house and ran into three black ladies passing out fliers. One said I looked like a painter. When I told them I was they got all excited. I did not get their names. The smallest one kept asking if I would walk her down the red carpet. They asked me if I could draw the photo they had (I think Frankie because she’s a singer). This is a benefit concert and toy drive at The Black Repertory Theater in the neighborhood. I told them I could draw it and they told me to be there at 12:30 on the 17th. They were cracking me up because the little one asked if I could draw her naked. I don’t think they actually thought I would draw this photo but they expect nothing which is why I wanted to give them something. I let this go all week. Tried tonight three times and wound up with this sketch. I framed it for them. So tomorrow I go to see if I can get this to them. I have not been in the holiday spirit, but I did the best I could considering a photo that was not the best to work from. I hope Frankie likes it.

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Green Man panel – installed

On a rainy day I went to the studio to finish soldering the back and get it into the wood frame I made. Got it home and up.

I had never used these gems before, so this was an experiment. I didn’t have enough of some colors, so I had to improvise. Today seeing it up with light coming through – I was happy with it. I like glass because it is always changing with the light over the course of the day.

The cobalt blue center has a story. I found antique amber and cobalt blue at a salvage yard many years ago. I have several sheets of each still. The blue is my signature – I use it sparingly. It’s probably 100 years old or so – the paper between the sheets of glass dissolved and left dust lines. This etched center piece was made for another art project years ago it was in sort of a tombstone shape – I cut it into more of a circle. I have not been able to find this shade of blue in modern stores.

This piece was made to use up scraps from other projects. So it uses most types of glass: streaky, textured, clear, etched, gems and bevels. Most would say not to use all these together but I was experimenting.

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Another Greenman panel

So I’ve always had a thing for the Greenman. In this panel I wanted to experiment and use scraps from other things I’ve done. There are warnings I’ve seen about using types of glass together. I threw caution to the wind and came up with this design using streakys, textures, bevels, etching and gems together. Usually I start out with a pattern that I’ve drawn, but with this one I made it up on the fly. Now I need to copper foil it and solder it together.

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Rasa Caffe

I’m doing some work for Rasa. I painted the logo on this sign for him leaving the chalkboard bottom. The chalk part was done by somebody else and now he wants me to redo it. I spent the weekend painting this and finished it up today, delivering it wet/still drying. This will be yet another thing I do that I have never done before.

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Lens Culture Review

I have not applied to professional photography competitions before but this came with a review. I’m posting the images they liked the best. I thought this was a helpful and thoughtful review as opposed to some art reviews I’ve gotten.

From LensCulture

“Hi William,
Thank you for your submission. 

Images 2 and 4 encompass alluring visual aesthetics. The lighting and reflections are captivating. Image 2 San Francisco Ferry Building has great composition. Image 4, Berkeley Aquatic Park at Midnight has a powerful ambience. Images 9 and 10 are also strong. These images have potential for a series or possibly the development of an artistic style. They have a unique visual aesthetic and a surreal quality. The colors and soft focus create a nice ambience. Image 8’s composition and lighting isn’t as effective as images 9 and 10. The sidewalk/path of image 9, Berkeley Fog – On San Pablo draws you into the photograph. The the street light’s intense beams and perspective of the church in image 10, Berkeley Fog – Church on 9th Street is intriguing.
I’m least drawn to images 5-7. Possibly, I’m distracted from being able to see more because it is dusk (rather than night photos), but at the same time I can’t see the imagery clearly. They are busier images, and don’t posses the ambience or the dreamlike qualities that many of the other photographs encompass.

The series seems a little unbalanced. Images 1-4, images 5-7 and 8-10 could be three different series. However, they all possess similarities. Choosing the strongest photos of the three sets and possibly not pairing them next to each other may bring more successful balance. Sequencing can play an important narrative role. What story do you want to tell your viewer? The opening and closing image can be very effective on the success of your series. Editing can eliminate redundant photos. Take a second look at your series to make sure each photograph adds some importance. Connecting imagery together in a series can be a challenge. Sequencing, editing and writing can assist you in this.

Combining strong photographic qualities that are present in many of your photos, such as effective lighting, interesting perspective, strong composition, intriguing subject matter and alluring aesthetics, into one photo could create strong work (especially when combined with concept and impactful content).

With such interesting subject matter your viewers may want to know more about your subjects and what you are trying to convey. An artist statement or captions would be helpful. Stories and/or quotes from your subjects or about your subject matter may be an interesting alternative and/or addition to an artist statement.

Thanks again. Great work! I enjoyed viewing it.”

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Green Man Panel – Take two

It’s been a few months since I worked in stained glass. Sometimes I do things just to see if I can still do them. The blue etched piece is from years ago of another failed project. I had to cut it into a circle – the cutter was not working right and I had to switch to another one. The curves are rough but I think it will look handmade and old when finished. I etched two of the pieces of clear glass just to see if it would work. My idea is to use up some scraps of green glass from other projects in sort of a web with holes in it. I decided this would be experimental. Usually I have a defined pattern but I’m making this one up as I go. This is a start…  and I’ve always had a thing for greenmen.

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Art Deco Panel

I did this over a year ago and after a show at the Stained Glass Garden have it hanging in my studio now. The thing I love about glass is it is always changing with the light. I have seen this thing in the light and basically knew what it looked like. Today it was fiery between streaks and I had never seen it that way. Late afternoon light going into dusk is something.

Now after taking a break from stained glass for months I really want to do some more.

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Easy Creole Art Car

So I’m still working on designs for the car. I have one side pretty far along. I have never used these paints before and needed to try them out. I had to see what I got myself into. I worked on this yesterday afternoon and thought it looked good. When I saw it in morning light, I freaked out. Every stroke shows and it’s very reflective – looking watery. This is going to change with the light of day and there’s nothing I can do about that. So I struggled on today. Painting straight lines freehand is hard. I need to add Creole to the blue shape I made. The blues I mixed because I did not like the color straight out of the can. Grant wanted Creole downplayed with the emphasis on Easy. Most cars get airbrushed to be perfectly smooth – but this thing is hand-painted and hopefully has a nice quality to it. Anyway tomorrow is another day.

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The Lyre of Orpheus

So I’ve been in a creative funk the past few days. Yesterday was so bad, I went to the studio didn’t really do anything and left depressed. Today is another day.

On the way to the studio I found a wine box on the street. I walked passed went back and thought box art. I haven’t done this in awhile so I thought it was worth a try.

  1. I have tons of drawings from Gay Men’s Sketch.
  2. I have cool old things that I wanted to sell on Etsy like this Victorian boot scraper. In searching for them online I found many and two identical. The prices were $96.00 and $50.00 nobody knows the true value. And it’s not like we need them anymore. So I thought it would be more valuable as art.
  3. I have bottles – to a collector they’re worth a few bucks but not much.

So I just thought I would put this all together in a box. The box is papered with an old book on California Missions that I found on the street – I think I got half of it.

I like cool old things and always loved Joseph Cornell – so this just seems like the way to go with this stuff. I did find that the small metal stencil letters I saved for some reason spell JIZ – so I couldn’t pass that up. At the end of the day I liked this and art for me is therapy.

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