Archive: Mar 2014

Sore thumbs

This week I took on building ten new stretchers (wooden frames for stretching canvas). The stretcher bars were given to me a number of years ago by my good friend David Friedheim, a talented sculptor, who was passing them on from his friend, SF painter Julia Kay, who I believe was in the process of… read more

Professional help

In the spring of 1990, a close friend of mine underwent brain surgery. Initially unable to read, another friend of ours would visit her regularly and read aloud. I was a couple hundred miles away, but when I heard the book they were reading was East of Eden, I decided to get a copy and… read more

New tricks

I can’t believe I never thought of it before, but I discovered this great new way to mix paint: on wax paper. The only downside is that I now feel a little bit silly about all the years I wasted laboriously scraping paint off of glass. And then after doing tons of detail work on… read more


Three pieces are very close to being done, but making me crazy with their little tiny details that just have to be right. For example, I have probably put at least twenty hours into these eyes, which are each about a quarter inch wide. Sometimes the impracticality of this gets to me, and then I… read more