4/8/15

Oakland: SigAlert on the MacArthur Maze


I had the privilege of contributing artwork for a good cause in California.  Big Rick Stuart and Sal Castaneda, Bay Area media guys, put together a charity project to benefit Children's Hospital in Oakland. They partnered with Judd's Hill Winery in Napa. Rick found my MacArthur Maze paintings and saw the possibilities for their SigAlert wine labels. In California, "SigAlert" means "Trouble on the Freeway!" 




The Benioff Children's Hospital is located near the MacArthur Maze, a massive freeway interchange that blooms off the eastern end of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.  It is said to be the largest freeway interchange in the world. (The map I used for the paintings shows only a portion of the whole.)

Liking the curves and intertwined roadways, I made several paintings of the same spot.  That was lucky because in the end Rick wanted four versions, to make up a collectors' pack. It so happens that one of them is hanging in a show in Selma this month: 



And I found a MM painting I had forgotten all about:



Some history of California-style freeway troubles:  In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake caused a double-decked section of the Maze to collapse. The three miles of replacement freeway cost $1.2 billion.  In 2007, a speeding tanker truck carrying gasoline hit a guardrail and overturned on a Maze connector. The driver walked away with minor injuries. The intense heat from the subsequent fuel spill and fire weakened the steel structure of the roadway above, collapsing it onto the lower connector, which sank nine inches. A state projection concluded that the connector collapse cost $90 million. The trucking company lost its license to transport gasoline.

3/25/15

All Our Energy Comes From the Sun


Sun # 6 in a series

18" x 19"

acrylics, inks, cotton fabric, layers of canvas

3/21/15

The Sun


another glowing sun, no 5 in the series
just coincidence about yesterday's eclipse

8.5" x 8.5"

Cerro Tololo observatory


Framed another of the CTIO observatory paintings.


3/20/15

And another sun


The Sun - number 4 in a series

11" x 10"


2/12/15

Sun no. 3



The sun's central place

15" x 12"

acrylics, inks and layered canvas

2/11/15

Sun



The Sun

12" x 12"

Acrylics, inks and layered canvas

2/10/15

Observatory painting



The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile

I worked on this painting a few years ago.  It was recently purchased.  Here it's framed and ready for shipping.


2/5/15

Jungle growth studies

I wanted to make studies of jungle growth - using acrylics, muslin strips and some very old cotton fabric I bought at a yard sale in Richmond in 1971.  It was antique material even then, probably from chicken feed sacks, and had been cut into hundreds of circles planned for a quilt, I think.  But that quilt was never made.  I bought the circles for a quarter, and saved them until I had "time".

These sketches are about 12" x 12", give or take.









11/4/14

New Cookware



New Cookware, Boiling Water

24" x 23"

11/3/14

Saucepan with Searchlights



Water is boiling in the saucepan, while searchlights shine.

11" x 12 "

mixed media, as always

11/2/14

Copper Pot on the Stove



Copper Pot with Steam

12" x 13"

9/27/14

Soup Pot



Soup Pot on the Stove

13" x 13"

9/13/14

Stockpot with Streamers



Stove Top Celebration

12" x 15"

chicken stock

9/10/14

Stove Top with Streamers # 2



Cookin' Up a Storm

24" x 24"

party in the kitchen

8/3/14

Party Time




Washer and Dryer with Streamers # 2

14" x 15"

8/2/14

Washer and Dryer Celebration




Washer and Dryer with Streamers

14" x 14"

7/20/14

House with Searchlights # 11




Columned House under Searchlights - House # 11

21.5" x 20"

acrylic paints and inks; fabric

7/6/14

House with Searchlights # 9



House with Searchlights # 9:  Little Cabin in the Woods

20" x 19"

6/30/14

Stage Lights on the House




House # 8
Backdrop lit by stage lights

17.5" x 16"