Finished soldering window 4 today and I feel like it deserves a bit of a backstory. A large amount of glass used in this panel came from a man cleaning out his garage in Redwood City. His wife was a stained glass artist and she passed away recently. When I went to pick it up he was really, really nice and offered to throw in a lot more than was advertised on craigslist. This piece is dedicated to that couple.
OK everyone, I’m really dang excited about my new soldering exhaust set up! If you’re not interested in stained glass soldering exhaust systems I would definitely skip this entire post. If you’re interested in setting up your own soldering station at home, you should read this! I spent a lot of time researching the perfect exhaust and I couldn’t be happier. I decided to go with this set up below, all available on Amazon (I linked each image to their amazon page). It was really important to me get the hobby kit extension because it allowed me to make the gap out my window smaller. The plastic hobby hose is extremely sturdy and holds it shape well. It was definitely more expensive than just a regular aluminum foil vent but I will be using it often and I think it was worth the extra couple bucks. I also chose to go with the grower exhaust fan because it is really quiet, can be taken apart easily and has a built in base making it a bit sturdier than the other ones i’ve seen online.
Here’s a progress photo of my fourth window in my new series of glass paintings When The Putty Hits The Glass. This is going to be a grouping of 10 glass panels that are meant to accompany the rugs i’ve been working away at.
So... I’m almost done with my new panel 😬 just need to cap the sides, solder and putty 🙃
This December my dad and I spent two weeks together in Negril, Jamaica. Having never attempted travel drawing or studying the ocean, I took it as an opportunity to get to know the landscape. Every morning I woke up and made my way to the 7 mile beach. I spent a lot of time drawing the cliffs, the cove, and fishing boats that would wash up on shore to sell their catch in the morning. My favorite drawing was the day after a heavy storm hit. It washed mass amounts of seaweed onshore, and brought the water level up to the back doors of many cottages on the beach. I got to know a lot of people living and working in the tourism trade and spent a good amount of time studying the catamarans anchored a bit off shore. It is in no way a full picture of the environment I experienced. After leaving and looking at all the work I made I am sad to say how incomplete my journal was. In many ways, the people living and working in Jamaica are who make the environment so special. If I ever return, I will spend the next block of time working on portraits, and drawing studies of my favorite stops along the way.
I honestly can’t believe how long I’ve spent on one individual piece - THATS SOLE PURPOSE IS TO BE STEPPED ON! - now i understand why you don’t see latch hook rugs anymore. Well, here I am! Bailing on plans, hunched over like a psycho binge watching Outlander and Battlestar Galactica, just trying to finish the dang thing…. here’s what it looks like, 7 months later…. 800 HOURS AND COUNTING!
This past week has been a test of endurance! Wednesday I finished my first stained glass window, Thursday night I worked on a 3 hour long pose of Tendai and topped the evening off with my friend Natalie at the Lone Palm. Then I tended bar at the 500 club Friday night, attended a wedding in Oakland Saturday, worked happy hour at the 5 on Sunday and started Monday morning off with a triptych of 15 minute drawings. Tomorrow I officially start my second window! more pictures to come :)
Tryin’ to hammer out the final design for my next window 👋🏽🕺🏻
(collage with crayon, paper and glass)
Last week one of my favorite models moved back to Israel after modeling for 30 years in the Bay Area. Here is a diptych I made a couple months back. I feel so grateful for the past 4 years - thank you, Merav!
Happy to get back into figure drawing after being on the road. Here's a quick sketch from last week :)
Finally finished an 500 Club advert I've been working on for a while. If you're in the neighborhood come say hello! I'm behind the bar every Sunday from 3-8pm :)
Today I stayed home, drew an old napping dog named Sparky & finally found a home for some stained glass my dad made. The bottom tulip piece was from an old building on Chicago's South Side that he re-leaded and the piece above was made with antique leaded glass. I am very happy to have these here with me in San Francisco.
Last week I sat in on a figure drawing session with Joe Steiner and a model he's been painting for over 10 years. Joe, now in his 70s, has identified as an artist his entire life. His daughter, Lisa (also a painter) and my mother we're great friends growing up. The Steiner family paintings were some of my first introductions into the art world. When my sisters and I were younger, we threatened to run away and sleep under an apple tree. Not long after our threat, Joe, Lisa and my mom were in our bedroom sketching out a huge apple tree that stretched from the floor and bent up onto the ceiling. I helped paint the apples and when we were done we put our beds underneath. 20 years later I find myself in Joe's basement in Skokie, Illinois, again, drawing together.
Many of his models are from the south side around his old studio on Howard Street. Instead of paying to lug his setup to a figure drawing studio, he invited people from the neighborhood to sit and pose for him in his own studio. You can see some of Joe's paintings on his website.
Over the past two weeks I've found myself sketching my grandmother, Joan. Here are some of the drawings I've made of her napping, during cocktail hour and while watching the sunset on my parents boat.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to jump in on one of my dads projects. He is an artist with insane ideas, and over the years has created extremely beautiful things. His most recent project was creating a custom steel stained glass awning to put on the front of our cabin (which he rents out by the way). We shuffled over 500 pounds of stained glass from Chicago to Green Lake County, Wisconsin and spent 3 days installing with the help of my dads good friends. My dad hand cut each individual piece of stained glass to fit. The good news is, if I'm ever in a bind and find myself needing another stained glass awning, I'll know how to make one!
Happy to be back in the studio drawing! Here's a sketch from yesterday at Lillstreet