Andy Goldsworthy

I love Andy Goldsworthy.

I was in San Francisco last week, near the Presidio, scouting around for something to see or do before heading home. I discovered that there are two Goldsworthy pieces in the Presidio. He’s made a third one that opened yesterday and I’m eager to see it. Here’s Tree Line:


Many of Goldsworthy’s pieces involve natural elements that are carefully fitted together. For this piece, he picked out logs that fit together well and created the curve he wanted. Since these logs aren’t easily shoved around, it must’ve taken awhile to get the right combination. But it creates such a graceful line.



Push comes to shove

AKA, the moment of truth.

Tonight I took a so-so photo and wrote a mediocre poem. I could delete them, but, no. I’m going to put them on the blog as part of my experiment to post something creative everyday. Or at least the results of my creative endeavors. Even if I never go back to this poem I have proof that I did something today.

Plus, I’m inspired by Chuck Close:

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”


I’ve learned to say what I mean
to speak plainly
let the words be themselves

I’ve learned to say, dogs are wonderful
if it’s dogs i’m talking about
dogs can just be dogs
they don’t have to stand for something else

I don’t have to stand for something else

A morning of cool air and sun and light traffic
a wide sidewalk with sun coming through the trees,
shining on the houses opposite
the dog walks beside me
a car backs out of a driveway
the dog stops
she looks at me
we wait


I made a bunch of these photo collages back in May when a friend gave me a shopping bag of photos she no longer wanted. I selected the ones I thought were interesting graphically or colorwise and laid them out on my studio table and started moving them around. I took photos of the results.

On Friday, I discovered that the call for submissions for PaperGirl SF was going to be today and I wanted to use that technique again. I didn’t save any of my combos, so I had to make new ones that I printed onto paper for the show.

The previous series had almost all the photos upside down. This time I paired one upside down one with a right side up one. The show opens October 19. Here’s what I submitted last year: Click on Artwork 2012 and look at the beginning of row 49.

Day three!


How to get things done

First, tie a knot
tug on it
that’s a promise
that leaves will stay on trees
that petals will stay on flowers
that you won’t run out of glue
tug on it

Second, observe the quality of light and how
shadows darken the wall as
your hand moves across the paper and its whiteness
slowly darkens
staple it, stamp it, nail it down, set it near the window so
the sunlight can burn into it
pull it tighter

Third, you are doing it
land is in sight
you do not need to know how to swim


I drew this on Friday. I drew from the photo upside down. When it’s upside down, it’s easier for me to focus on the shadows and lines and not on what I think it should look like. There’s a lot I could improve, but I really like the loose physical feeling that came through in his pose.



Poetry on Demand

I really like this idea. I’ve informally done haiku on demand at parties. Doing poems on demand in public is a leap, but I think I will take it. I’m going to practice on friends first. And make up my own assignments.

I heard there’s a guy at the Temescal Farmer’s Market who writes sonnets on demand(!). If i set up there, a potential requested topic might be tomatoes. And so:


Brave souls dared eat them
those poisonous globes
red is for danger
isn’t it?
Nightshade: not for me!
But for the intrepid
Luscious tomatoey goodness is the prize
A treasure of the new world


I went to SFMOMA today to see The Clock. It was worth seeing, but I don’t think I would feel that way if I’d waited 2 hours to get in. I got extremely lucky and got in right away in the morning, partly because they started their summer hours today, opening at 10 instead of 11.

After the movie, I availed myself to the other exhibits. I’m sorry the museum will be closed for three years starting next week! I really love coming here.

I took these photos at the Trisha Donnelly show. I hadn’t heard of her and I found her work to be pretty opaque. I like the spareness of it but I don’t get it. I spent some time sitting in this room with the work, then I appropriated it for my own purposes.

I love taking surreptitious pictures of people. This piece lent itself to that activity since there was so little in the room. Just a nice white backdrop to single out museumgoers.

I went through the Garry Winogrand show too. I’m envious of his ability to take pictures of strangers and particularly to get a group of people looking at different things but creating a beautiful tableau. How does he do that?? I must research his technique.