Saturday, April 18, 2015

Carol's visit

Carol Hualin Gu contacted me recently. She is a journalist doing a story for a new publication bringing American cultural trends to the Chinese audience. Its called ”Now U SA “ . Carol,is from China ,but lives in New York City now. Carol is interested in light painting and how we as sight impaired or blind artists,go about making images.

One evening as twilight deepened she stopped by with her husband Tiger,  a [hotographer,and together they documented a night of work.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


These are all very recent and very small gouache sketches. Gouache is a particularly rich medium, being like watercolor, but opaque.The surface is velvety.

The two figures amid a reddish enviornment are from a series called "The Night Guard".

I've been starting to experiment with a new technique too, using ink -jet prints of my artwork as a starting point to complete with paint. If you use good watercolor paper it's possible, am very excited about using this combination of ink -jet print with painting, two such images are here.It's just the start

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Its March now, the frigid artic ice flows that choked the river are mostly melted under the stronger sun.

 2014 was a rollercoaster. I traveled and was fortunate enough to be with warm, good people and had two exhibitions in widely distant parts of the world. In May my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. My parents and I waited for further tests. They would come back when I was due to have my opening in Guanajuato Mexico, in a group exhibit there at the Foro Cultural 81. I wanted to cancel the trip, but dad insisited I go. He argued with me, he wouldnt let me miss this opening, despite my sadness and wanting to be near my folks. ”Go ! Go! What, are you kidding? “ I hear his words raisng in tone, even now.

 Nori Mizukami went with me, managing to carry his heavy camera gear through airport security, despite every roadblock fate could fling at him, dont ask me how he does it. Nori stayed with my friend Darius and myself at Darius'' home near the Foro. He filmed a lot, made lots of friends, and went dancing, after Darius had stopped being amusing and fallen asleep after drinking a good part of the four bottles of champagne he had bought for my opening celebration. Nori told us stories about the college club scene, which seemed beyond me mainly. The trip was good really, but I was barely hanging on. The only light painting I did, was just to kill time, my heart wasn't there. I was a wreck with worry. Darius dragged me around town, trying to find a pharmacy that sold Laetrile to smuggle across the border, because its illegal as a cancer treatment here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Remembering Stephen

One of Seeing With Photography Collective’s original and founding artists died recently. Stephen Dominguez hadnt been in good health but I was still shocked to learn of his death at an early age. Stephen was a gentle, thoughtful and caring person, whose character can be understood in the indelable photographs hes left us. Awhile back i posted here some of my thoughts about Stephen, in a post called Two Artists. Please take a pause to briefly encounter him again,and maybe my words can enrich your understanding of his artistic creations etched into negatives.