Just thanks

I’ve been lucky enough to have a nice long weekend with friends and family this week, but before the time off I had fun doing some painting and then a bit less fun doing this:

Basically moving little people around and trying to see which configuration resonates.

I also dropped off work for an exhibition here in the neighborhood.

I’ve got one of my new Cultivate series in there, as well as a bunch of the Wood & Water pieces.


That blank space is where a piece sold the first day, which is always wonderful news!

But truly the best part of this exhibition is getting to spend more time with all the great folks who are involved. Like the curator, artist and activist Madeline Behrens-Brigham:

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And another great local artist, Philippe Jestin:

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As well as many, many more: Emerald O’Leary, Earl Speas, Jose Guzman Colon, Rhonel Roberts, Michael Goldman, and newest to me, Pk Cummings.

It makes me think about the nature of the San Francisco art scene and why I was so drawn to it (so to speak). When I landed here, I stayed because it was a place where people looked with some suspicion at anyone who pursued money and/or fame, where there was pretty serious dedication to irreverence, and where there was a lot of inclusiveness and improvisation.

These exhibitions are a prime example of what that feels like, and I hope you get a chance to stop by to check it out.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Madeline for creating this vortex of positive community and creativity. Sadly (for us) she will soon be moving to a spot she scored in senior housing in Santa Rosa, and we will stay in touch, I’m sure, but she’s one of those people who has influenced our community for the better for a long, long time. With her departure, the rest of us need to step up our game…I feel the need to step up my game…and create those connections in whatever ways come most naturally to us. I’m still thinking about what that means for me.

So this week, here’s to finding the people we feel thankful for in our lives and having them inspire us to work a little harder to create the world we want to see.

In the meantime, I hope to see you at the show!

And a big thanks to you, all of you, for reading.


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A. David Griffinreply
November 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I’m searching for a cover for a soon to be published book. I was drawn to your pieces and especially the difficulty you referenced with getting the configurations right.

May we continue discussing this sometime next week?

A. David

December 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm
– In reply to: A. David Griffin

Thanks so much for your interest! I look forward to discussing it with you.

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