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The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

I should be back at the apartment writing The Great American Something right now, but instead I’m in a coffee shop writing yet another blog post. Actual conversation overheard a few minutes ago: Customer asks what kombucha is. Man and woman behind the counter take turns trying to answer. It’s…uh….it’s this stuff– It’s alive, kind of. Yeah, no, it is alive.  It’s got these things– They’re supposed to be good for you. Yeah, they’re like these things that are alive–or...

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The Portland Diaries, Part One

Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part One

So here I am in Portland, occupying a totally charming apartment courtesy of Tin House, whose offices are right next door.  (press release, which explains everything.) Actually, the magazine is on one side and the book publisher is on the other, so I am surrounded by literary wonderfulness.  On Tuesdays I teach a nonfiction workshop in Portland State University’s MFA program; that happened for the first time last night.  Damn, those students are fiercely smart and well-read. The only book I could recommend to them that they...

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How Not To Be Eaten

Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Media/Reviews | 2 comments

Great title. I reviewed that and another bug book in the Washington Post.  Both got me rassling with the question of what make science writing interesting. The answer, as far as I can tell?  Little bit of science, whole lot of drama. Adultery and murders whenever possible. In other news:  the Wall Street Journal did a little garden round-up for spring.  They wanted a picture of me in my garden, and I remembered that Saxon Holt took some when he was here a few years ago.  Memo to self:  Next time there’s a photographer lurking...

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Portland by Sundown!

Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off on Portland by Sundown!

I’m packing up the car and heading to Portland, where I’ll be a writer-in-residence for two months, teaching a nonfiction workshop in the MFA program at Portland State University.  The incredibly cool people at Tin House are co-sponsors of this deal; thanks to them, I’ll have a nifty little apartment that they may well have to pry me out of at the end of the term. Aaaand I’ll be traveling around the country a little bit.  Cool Friday night event at the LA Natural History museum, a couple of Wicked Plants exhibit...

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8th Avenue, New York City

Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off on 8th Avenue, New York City

8th Avenue, New York City

Sometimes I get a lot of mileage out of just one intersection.  I walked back and forth across the crosswalk through several light changes, snapping pictures. This is the latest of several I’ve done from the same intersection.  I’m in love with this 6 x 12 size–it totally lends itself to paintings of the city. 6 x 12 inch oil on 1.5 inch thick cradled wood panel.  Click here to bid, go here to see other paintings, and go here to see my Daily Paintworks...

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Morning in Manhattan

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 1 comment

Morning in Manhattan

This actually comes from a photography by Bobby Williams.  I saw it online and asked him if I could paint it, and he agreed.  I’m just in love with all that blue light.

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Going to the Gig

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off on Going to the Gig

Going to the Gig

New Orleans, of course.  I saw this guy with his bass and just followed him around until the light hit him just right.

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Street Umbrellas

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off on Street Umbrellas

Street Umbrellas

  I did an interview on the Daily Paintworks blog in which I confessed that this painting is pretty much all about me avoiding having to paint faces.   Still, it was a fun one to do–I don’t think I’ve ever tackled this many figures at once.  It’s all just lines and colors, right?

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Exchange Place

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 1 comment

Exchange Place

Beautiful little alley in New Orleans.  I think I’ve painted it three times. I saw it in a TV commercial and recognized it immediately, because I’ve done those buildings in the background so many times.

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On McAllister

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off on On McAllister

On McAllister

I was in Golden Gate Park one day last spring, and I wandered out of the park and into the neighborhood to take some pictures. I used to drive through this neighborhood all the time and I always fantasized about living there–so here’s my fantasy corner coffee shop. Some of these images are resizing themselves in an odd way.  I’m working on that. Meanwhile, you can get a better look at Daily Paintworks.

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