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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Artist's Process, Inside Vesuvio April 14, 2011

Its always nice to see a work of art being produced. It gives a little more insight about the immediacy of the moment when all elements come together for the artist, using process of elimination, discriminate what gets to stay and what gets edited out. It's like creating a small gormet meal which tastes so good he wants to go back for more.

Saturday Night at Vesuvio
8x6 oil 2011
Collection of the Artist

Surreal Bounce: with Robert Eringer in search of Jack Kerouac

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alley Kat: Jack Kerouac April 13, 2011

Wedged in between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio the Bar, exists this alleyway, once traversed by the original beater, Jack Kerouac.

The city of San Francisco has done a wonderful thing; They've preserved his legacy by making the alleyway open for pedestrians only, and imbeding in the concrete some significant quotes by other writers and poets of note, like Maya Angelou, and John Steinbeck.

I painted this sketch on location this last Saturday night, from eleven until one o'clock in the morning. It felt safe and groovy; like I was witnessing a movie. Meeting the local homeless and artists/poets like Osirus, or Lenny, the North Beach neon sign maker, both characters helped make up of the fabric of this rich city suburb.

I myself provided the passers-by with something to ponder and wonder about. I was like a street performer lurking in the shadow of a tree, balancing on the curb precariously. As most people passed, they were moving too fast to notice my act, and in a relative flash like Jack, I too was there, then gone.

None of us are really here for long.

Jack Kerouac Alley
8"x6" oil/board 2011
Collection of the Artist

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inside Vesuvio April 12, 2011

Placing my small easel on my lap, with brushes, oils, palette, booklights and Whisky, I painted the hustle and bustle of a Saturday night; looking down from my perch on the balcony at Vesuvio.

Saturday Night at Vesuvio
8x6 oil/panel 2011
Collection of the Artist

Where the Beats, including Kerouac, drank the night away.



Tuesday, April 12th, 6-7 p.m.

On the Road With Jack Kerouac

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