Monday, August 27, 2007


Walt, Leslie and little Will at the Giants game....

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys sauntering along in the Oakmont Retirement Community in Santa Rosa.

Baseball 1 & 2

I started making baseball paintings, using old baseball cards as the base. I made the white painting first. I tried to put box scores in the margins but they cluttered the image so they were taken out. I stenciled in some scoring terminology in pale yellow. The black one was simply painted and wiped. I like the simplicity of this one better.

Baseball Paintings #3 & 4

I laid out tickets as the base for these paintings. I was trying to figure things out in the red painting and thus took much longer than the blue. I am working on 2 more "equipment" paintings.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I don't know her name but she came to our skybox party yesterday.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

The Alemany Farmer's Market is full of tomatoes. We bought cherry tomatoes in a rainbow of colors, large basket of paste tomatoes, large misshapen organic tomatoes. Also appearing - muscat grapes, Gravenstein apples, mission figs. I bought some bright green okra to be chopped, flavored with lemon and soy and eaten raw, (finally) sweet blackberries, young onions, pickling cucumbers and empanadas. We came home and made salted cucumber pickles and roasted tomato soup.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Writer's Corp

I attended a poetry reading at the San Francisco Library several months ago. The poems were by students of inner-city schools who partner with Writers Corp teachers during the school year. The SF Arts Commission is behind this project and the purpose is to transform and strengthen individuals through the written and spoken word. The poems are edgy, painful, beautiful and deeply moving.

Truth Hurts
Raised in a world with hate and violence.
Isolated in my room and wait in silence,
little scared child, parents are violent.
Teary eyes in abandoned space, and silent.
Didn't ask for life but that was given
in the back, in pitch black.
Not adapted to living, innocent infant
but yet still guilty.
Project Housing Living Conditions filthy.
Entrapped in this hell, asking who sent me,
stomach full from the food
but the heart is empty.

Diante J.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ray King

Ray King of the Nationals pitched to just one Giants player yesterday. Despite his imposing presence, his pitching was quite hittable.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Gulls overhead at Stinson Beach

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Bank of America

Walked all over downtown yesterday. Chinatown was filled with a Yiddish youth group, all boys, who were throwing cherry bombs and annoying the Europeans. Took a coffee break at the Stella Bakery, which has converted itself into a sidewalk cafe. Then walked by the BofA building towards Union Square. It was overcast and breezy all day.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Series of Six

The painting assignment for Wednesday is to paint every day and end up with six paintings. I decided to paint ballplayers I photographed this year. I used pencil, then charcoal to draw the figures, then acrylic paint. I had several pieces of balsa wood that I picked up from SCRAP so I cut them up into 9x11 inch sheets and use them as my canvas. I painted the back dark green and the front, a creamy white. The players were painted after the background coating was dry. The wax smeared some of the charcoal outline but the smears didn't bother me that much. I coated the paintings with cold wax medium. After it dries, I will try to polish the wax.


Went to Stinson Beach to celebrate Dr. Mironoff's birthday. The marine layer was thick today and the sun never broke through. We ended up grilling oysters in front of the house and eating them inside. Too cold for a picnic on the beach but perfect for bird-watching. After oysters and champagne, I staggered to the beach and watched a single fishing boat and a row of pelicans trolling for their dinner.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Tigers' outfielder Maglio Ordonoez had quite a game today, getting on base 3 out of 4 times with a RBI in the 6th inning. Cute hair too!